Amity Foundation has provided relief supplies to the people affected by the Ya’an earthquake on April 20, 2013. The earthquake with the epicenter located in Lushan County, Sichuan, claimed 196 lives and caused 13,484 injuries. Amity’s campaign involved 30 members and volunteers and included the humanitarian aid worth 7,210,000 Yuan.
On April 20, 2013, an earthquake took place in Sichuan province. It is the same province, affected disastrously by the Great Sichuan Earthquake in 2008, which turned into a national tragedy with nearly 70,000 victims. This time, the epicenter was located near the prefecture city of Ya’an in Lushan County, located about 100 kilometers from Chengdu, the capital of the province,. According to the authorities, the earthquake magnitude reached 7.0 on the Richter scale. In total 196 people were killed, 13,484 injured and 200 million people were impacted in total. In the countryside, 186,300 rural houses collapsed and in urban areas, 6,700 houses were affected. Furthermore, the earthquake and aftershocks damaged the infrastructure, including roads, bridges, electricity and communications to varying degrees.
On April 20, Nanjing Amity staff members rushed into Lushan County to release the first batch of supplies to a damaged Middle School as well as to prepare for Amity’s large-scale disaster relief distribution, scheduled to start on May 9. In this phase of emergency, Amity Foundation caters to the actual needs of the affected people, following the Standards and the Humanitarian Charter of The Sphere Project.*
On May 3, the HKSAR government’s Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) approved HK$5,304,000 to Amity foundation, Hong Kong, to help provide relief aid to the earthquake victims. On 9 May, Amity staff members from Hong Kong arrived in Ya’an, to join their Nanjing colleagues who were already in place. At the height of the operation, the team consisted of 30 members, including Nanjing and Hong Kong Amity staff, four colleagues from Amity printing press, volunteer members and drivers from the Zhigong Party*, which is Amity’s long-term partner in Sichuan Province.
Essentially, Amity staff had to overcome problems such as dangerous landslides, traffic accidents and difficulties in the logistics of 12 trucks loaded with relief supplies in difficult terrain and adverse surroundings. Despite such an unforgiving environment, Amity accomplished its tasks to distribute directly into the hands of victims emergency supplies, which included rice, cooking oil, cooking tools, tarpaulins, blankets, folding beds and other necessities. Up to May 22, Amity’s aid had reached 13,803 households of 50,091 people afflicted in Lushan County.
Up to May 31, domestic and foreign enterprises, institutions and individuals had altogether donated 11,240,000 Yuan to Amity for the purpose of serving the earthquake victims. So far, Amity has spent 7,210,000 Yuan for emergency supplies. The remaining donations will be used for rehabilitation work to give hope and a future for people affected in the earthquake.
Amity Foundation and partners involved would to take this opportunity to give thanks to all people who supported Amity’s Ya’an disaster relief effort through donations and prayers, and we would like to convey to you the gratitude of the Lushan earthquake victims served by your love.*The Sphere Project is a global network of humanitarian agencies with the common aim to improve the quality of charitable assistance and accountability.
(http://www.sphereproject.org/) *The Zhigong Party (ZGP) is one of the registered and legal parties next to the Communist Party in China. It was founded in San Francisco in 1925 and during the Qing Dynasty ZGP was an ally of Sun Yat-sen. Nowadays the party is a voice of overseas Chinese.