One month after China quake, World Vision plans to help rebuild
“Hard-to-reach communities are some of the worst affected,” aid workers findFederal Way, WA, June 12, 2008—As China marks one month since the massive earthquake in Sichuan Province, international aid agency World Vision is focusing on the long-term needs of remote communities, which it warns are some of 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,” he said.
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.
The agency’s rehabilitation phase will focus on economic recovery, including the reconstruction of 50 schools, 15 dormitories, 5,800 homes and several health clinics. In total, the Christian humanitarian organization plans 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,” he continued.
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. The agency’s emergency response has focused on the distribution of basic survival goods such as food, shelter materials and medicines.
Meanwhile, World Vision’s 600 staff 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. The public can help by calling 1.888.56.CHILD or going to www.worldvision.org.
:: More about World Vision's China quake relief efforts
:: One-month progress report
:: Map of relief areas
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