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World Vision International is a relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. They are dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.
Sichuan Earthquake Relief
An earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale struck Lushan County of Ya'an city in Sichuan Province, affecting almost two million people, with more than 70,000 houses collapsed. Thousands of affected people have to move to temporary shelters. World Vision has drafted a 3-year relief and rehabilitation plan, estimating assistance to 17,000 households.
Most of the affected in Lushan County have received emergency items such as food and tents. Since many damaged houses are no longer safe to live in, people are now staying in temporary shelter set outside their houses. Road works are in progress to prepare for the construction of temporary panel houses. Before these houses are ready, and with the rainy season arriving, World Vision will distribute foldable beds and mattresses to the quake affected.
World Vision is also concerned about the potential psychological trauma caused to the quake-affected, especially the children. In partnership with the China Academy of Sciences, ongoing counselling support will be provided in the coming few years. Child Friendly Space has been set up in a local primary school to help children relieve their disaster stress through games and drawing activities.
A 3-year relief and rehabilitation plan was drafted by World Vision, targeting to spend US$5 million on different relief and rehabilitation projects, which operated in two phases. In phase one, items such as cooking utensils, hygiene kits, mosquito nets, foldable beds, mattresses, buckets, torches and other living basics were distributed to the affected communities in the coming few months. In phase two, the focus will be on the reconstruction of houses, schools and community facilities in the affected areas. Disaster prevention and mitigation programmes were also launched, while counselling services continued for the affected communities.
World Vision adopts clear operating procedures for the use of donations. World Vision staff are directly involved in the planning, execution and evaluation of projects to ensure their quality and effective use of donations.
In the Wenchuan earthquake, World Vision had been working actively in Sichuan (including Ya'an city), Shaanxi, Gansu and Ningxia, launching various relief and rehabilitation projects to help the affected people recover from their traumatic experience. Apart from helping the affected with house and road reconstructions, restoring their faith and livelihood is even more important.