Navigation Links
The Red Cross is Helping to Build More Than 100,000 Houses One Year After the Sichuan Earthquake

WASHINGTON, May 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One year after an 8.0 magnitude earthquake killed more than 69,000 people and destroyed an estimated 5 million houses in southwest China, communities are filled with the signs and sounds of recovery. The focus has shifted from putting up prefabricated, transitional shelters and distributing relief items to constructing more permanent, earthquake-resistant homes and helping people work through their emotional trauma.


"The pace of recovery is remarkable, with tens of thousands of houses that the Red Cross is supporting under construction or complete," says David Meltzer, Senior Vice President of International Services for the American Red Cross.

The Chinese government has established an owner-driven housing program that empowers families to rebuild homes that meet their needs. The Red Cross is providing financial assistance to support families in the reconstruction of their homes and that will supplement what the government and other organizations are contributing.

"Making sure that homeowners have information on better earthquake-resistant construction methods is a priority during this recovery phase in order to help avoid such a catastrophe in the future," says Ramsey Rayyis, Senior Field Representative for the American Red Cross in China.

In addition to assistance with housing reconstruction, the Red Cross is also working closely with the government to restore clean water and sanitation systems for some of the affected communities.

Although houses can be rebuilt quickly, helping a child heal emotionally takes more time. The Red Cross is working at the village level using psychosocial tools such as art, role plays, music and storytelling to help teachers and social workers help children in up to 30 schools. The goal of the American Red Cross recovery effort is to help communities build safer houses, provide access to clean water and educate families so they are better prepared for the next disaster.

The American Red Cross has committed $55 million, of which $16.2 million was directed toward relief activities. The remainder ($38.8 million) is committed for recovery and disaster preparedness programs to help families recover and rebuild their homes and communities.

You can help the victims of countless crises around the world each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster, please do so at the time of your donation by mailing your donation with the designation to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243 , Washington, D.C. 20013 or to your local American Red Cross chapter. Donations to the International Response Fund can be made by phone at 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or online at

SOURCE American Red Cross
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Blue Cross Reverses Position on Autism After Federal Court Litigation Intensifies
2. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Plans to Offer Customer Groups Ability to Purchase Coverage of Autism Treatment Programs that Provide Intensive Early Intervention
3. iCardiac's Highly Automated QT(sm) Technology Cross-Validated Against Results from Five Leading ECG Core Laboratories
4. Blue Cross and Blue Shield Funds Diabetes Education at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center
5. Anthem Blue Cross to Support Members and Communities Impacted by Santa Barbara Fires
6. SAMHSA Honors Goldie Hawn, Youth Across the Country in Celebration of National Childrens Mental Health Awareness Day
7. Northwestern Mutual Foundation Announces $500,000 Disaster Relief Donation for the American Red Cross
8. Fitness Industry Leaders Across the Nation Gather on Capitol Hill to Campaign for a Healthier America
9. Frost & Sullivan: Rising Public Awareness Promoting Acceptance of Infection Surveillance Systems Across Europe
10. Swine Flu Continues to Spread Across U.S.
11. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network Launch Web Sites to Help Chrysler Members Easily Find Information on Their Health Care
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/25/2015)... , ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... has focused on providing comprehensive solutions involving adult stem cell therapies to patients ... officially deemed the “Regenestem” name as a Registered Trademark (RTM). , Organizations are ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... 25, 2015 , ... Bunion Bootie , the newest ... of the early holiday shopping season. Starting Wednesday November 25th, Bunion Booties are ... Friday promotional pricing is in addition to any automatic discounts applied when buying ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Eric C. Seidel, ... many benefits of the revolutionary BIOLASE WaterLase iPlus 2.0™ system. This advanced laser ... used by a dentist in Gettysburg, PA . From routine visits to ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... , ... New patients who wish to seek treatment for missing teeth can ... her Mississauga, ON practice. Dr. Williams has been providing dental service for over 34 ... Missing teeth can lead to a variety of complications if they are not replaced ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... ... Charitable giving is at its peak during the holidays. In fact, ... the year totalling over $358 billion in 2014. With more than 1.5 million ... individuals who want to “give back” during the holidays. , “With so many charities ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... 2015 Research and Markets ( ) ... - Global Forecast to 2020" report to their ... for 37.21% of the total market share in 2014. ... region is projected to growth at the highest CAGR ... primarily to the fast growing water, industrial gas treatment, ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... 25, 2015 WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc. ("WuXi" ... open-access R&D capability and technology platform company serving the ... China and the ... extraordinary general meeting of shareholders held today, the Company,s ... and approve the previously announced agreement and plan of ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... N.C. , Nov. 24, 2015  In the ... projects in an effort to quickly uncover new insights, ... --> --> However, ... a market research project and ensure that all rules ... and industry standards. Another major barrier to efficiently launching ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: