In early August, Week of Compassion responded to mudslides in the Gansu Province in China, through our participation in the ACT Alliance. The following update was provided by the Amity Foundation, Week of Compassion’s primary partner in China. Thank you, as always, for your commitment to responding to disasters all over the world.
Time moves on, yet the Amity Foundation continued to work with the local partners to provide assistance to victims of August 8th mudslide in Zhouqu, Gansu Province.
Though much aid has made its way to the people who need it, we remember the victims who lost their lives in the landslide in Gansu and the rescue and relief workers who are still on the sites, especially as we approach the traditional Chinese mid-autumn festival in two weeks time, an important day for families to celebrate together.
Yueyuan Village was leveled by the mudslide, and few villagers survived. Li Yanping, a woman who narrowly escaped, clothed only in a worn T-shirt expressed her great gratitude to Amity, which provided survivors with clothing following the mudslide.
In the weeks that followed Amity continued to dispatch rescue crews and relief materials to the affected areas, delivering supplies to 660 households. Items distributed to affected families included rice, flour, oil, winter coats, towels, and a set of stoves and cookers. Many families also received medical attention.
Thanks to all our friends and partners who have given support to people at the grassroots level through Amity and partners.
She Hongyu is Assistant General Secretary and Director, Research & Development Centre of the Amity Foundation.
PAKISTAN: As Ramadan Ends, Our Response Continues
Over the last few weeks, Disciples congregations have responded generously to needs in Pakistan. There remains much to be done. Church World Service provides this update:
In the past week, as the Ramadan season neared its end and as Pakistani Muslims prepared to celebrate the holiday of Eid, Week of Compassion partner Church World Service provided medical care for hundreds through its mobile health units. CWS also distributed food packages to dozens of flood-affected families.
“This is the only health care we receive,” said Mohammad Khalid, one of dozens of patients able to see a physician from the CWS program in the flood-affected village of Mohandari.
Meanwhile, in another locale, CWS project officer Imran Munir noted that “there is security in food” as a distribution for flood-affected families got underway last Saturday. Among the food items distributed: rice, wheat flour, sugar and tea.
In one village, 72-year-old farm laborer Noor Paras, who had already received one of the CWS food packages, praised the response of Church World Service and its partners to the floods and described the food packages he and his family received “as a gift from God.”
But needs remain dire in Pakistan, given the potential for the spread of infectious diseases and wide-spread food shortages, said Dr. Qamar Zaman, a medical coordinator for CWS. He stressed the need for continued support for humanitarian work in Pakistan, noting that “health care is a basic human right.”
He added: “We're grateful for the international community that thinks of Pakistanis as their brothers and sisters.”
Chris Herlinger covers international emergencies for the humanitarian agency Church World Service and is a New York-based freelance journalist.
We give thanks for each of you, members of a church that dares to reach out and treat those people affected by disaster—people you may have never met—as brothers and sisters. The needs remain considerable—health care, food, and other basics. Please continue to reach out, so that we can respond with compassion and hope. Thank you for all that you have done, not just as partners, but as family.