Friday May 16, 2008 – In response to the strongest earthquake to hit China in more than three decades, a Salvation Army Relief and Assessment Team from Hong Kong is in the Sichuan Province to offer immediate relief and evaluate what long-term assistance The Salvation Army can provide.
The relief and assessment team, already working in Cheungdu, brought food such as biscuits and rice as well as clean water supplies to many suffering from this terrible tragedy. At the same time, a comprehensive on-site assessment is ongoing.
Gordon Lewis, of The Salvation Army’s International Emergency Services says, “Our reports suggest the Chinese military are doing as well as they possibly can to rescue survivors and clear the worst-affected sites. The assessment carried out by our colleagues from Hong Kong will give a good idea as to what needs to be done next.”
The Salvation Army in China receives regular funding from the Army in Canada and early indications suggest that resources will be in great demand as relief continues, and re-construction and development begin.
After decades of intermittent work, The Salvation Army returned to China in 1988 in response to an earlier earthquake and in 1993, disaster relief and community development projects began in many parts of mainland China. In 1996, a Salvation Army Project Development Office serving southwestern China opened in Kunming. More recently, project offices were opened in Beijing and Xinghe County, Inner Mongolia. Three primary concerns for The Salvation Army in China remain:
• Poverty alleviation and development
• Emergency relief and rehabilitation
• Child sponsorship
Financial contributions in support of The Salvation Army’s relief effort in China can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) or by visiting www.SalvationArmy.ca
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