On September 11 to 16, the Amity Foundation distributed relief packages to 8,400 families who were affected affected by the devastating floods, in southern China earlier this year. The packages included rice, cooking oil and quilts. More than 36,000 people in Guangxi and Hunan Province benefited from the relief supplies that were funded by the Hong Kong disaster relief funds. Furthermore, the Amity Foundation distributed oil and rice in Pingle, Sichuan Province to almost 4,000 families. These relief supplies were sponsored by a grand of almost 100,000 USD from the United Methodist Committee of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church (UMCOR). The relief work facilitated relief to the victims of the floods and help them restore their normal living.
Amity Nanjing and Hong Kong staff during a distribution ceremony in Guanxi (left). The distribution took place in six townships in Guangxi
People are happy to receive the relief supplies that will help them restore their normal living
The relief supplies were distributed with the help of local partners and authorities (left). They provided name lists of people affected most by the flooding and are most in need (right)
Amity staff and local media are visiting people displaced by the floods (left). Amity staff visiting some of the beneficiaries witnessing their stories (right)
On Wednesday, August 16, 2017, the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee approved grants of $5.706 million to Amity Foundation, Hong Kong. The funds will be used to provide rice, cooking oil and quilts to flood victims in Hunan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
Trucks deliver relief supplies through several provinces
Heavy rains are hitting southern China since the end of June. The disaster has caused floods, landslides and hailstorm, killing at least 56 people and making another 22 missing. Beginning of July, already more than 11 million people in 10 southern provinces were affected, ten-thousands of houses were damaged and 759,000 hectares of crops were destroyed, causing a direct economic loss of RMB 25.3 billion.
The Amity Foundation quickly responded to the disaster on July 6, sending rice, mosquito incense and other aid packages to towns and counties in Yunnan and Guangxi Province. Assessments are also conducted in another five affected towns in Guangxi and Hunan Province for further disaster relief support. On July 12, the Disaster Relief Fund of Hong Kong SAR Government provided a grant of HKD 434,000 through its fast-track mechanism to provide rice for the flood victims to address their imminent need.
Amity's local partner distributing rice and mosquito nets in Yunnan.
The Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee facilitated the fast-track mechanism for relief organizations to kick-start first-phase emergency relief work more expeditiously. With the Hong Kong peoples' support, the Amity Foundation provides 60.000 kilogram of rice to 1,000 families in Longsheng County, Guangxi Province.