World Vision's relief teams identify the long-term needs of quake-affected communities, aiming to conduct a multi-year rehabilitation project. (Last updated June 12)
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Having lost everything in the devastating earthquake, these children combed through the debris to salvage usable items.
Photo ©2008 Wang Ning/World Vision
As China marks one month since the massive earthquake in Sichuan province, World Vision is focusing on the long-term needs of remote communities, which our teams warn are among the worst affected.
"We know that people living in remote areas are generally poorer than those who live in city centers," said Victor Kan, World Vision's emergency response director for China. "Through assessments in Qingchuan County and beyond, we've learned that hard-to-reach communities are, in fact, some of the worst affected."
Long-term rehabilitation projects
The majority of World Vision's work will take place in remote areas, including in Qingchuan County, where World Vision had started a development program before the quake struck.
Our rehabilitation phase will focus on economic recovery, including the reconstruction of 50 schools, 15 dormitories, 5,800 homes, and several health clinics. In total, we plan to help some 1.1 million people in Sichuan and the neighboring provinces, Shaanxi and Gansu, over the next two to three years.
"There is much to do before people's lives can return to normal," Kan said. "Homes need to be repaired or rebuilt, schools need to be reconstructed, and people need to begin generating income again so they can support their families."
Additional funding needed
A narrow escape
Read the full story of 9-year-old Li Yao and her family, who were among the millions left homeless following China's deadly quake.
World Vision has seen an outpouring of donations for the children and families affected by the earthquake, totaling $3.6 million in the United States alone. Our emergency response has focused on the distribution of basic survival goods such as food, shelter materials, and medicines.
Meanwhile, World Vision's 600 staff members in Myanmar are continuing to respond to the needs of cyclone survivors there, reaching more than 288,000 people so far with shelter materials, water and sanitation, food, blankets and other supplies. Additional donations are needed to fund long-term recovery efforts in China and Myanmar.
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