Ten days after Sichuan province was rocked and rattled by a 6.6-magnitude earthquake, displacing more than a quarter million people, Singaporean humanitarian NGO Mercy Relief (MR) continues to personally procure and deliver aid supplies to the affected communities.

The third tranche of assistance, centering on children’s needs, included paediatric medicines, diapers, milk formula, sanitisers and Play Packs, arrived today at Shuang Shi Township distribution centre and the Lushan County People’s Hospital in the Lushan County, which was the epicenter of the quake.  The Play Packs comprised recreational and stationery items to help fill the children’s  time and minds, which seek to stimulate the children psychologically and subtly scraping the trauma off them.  More than 1,000 affected children benefitted from the latest batch of aid.  To date, MR has provided SGD65,000 worth of relief items, since arriving Sichuan within 48 hours of the disaster, partnering the Sichuan Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (SFPA).

The MR teams met with the Sichuan Provincial People’s Government’s vice-secretary general Zhao Xue Qian, who extended his gratitude to the Singapore NGO and Singaporean donors for their support towards the Lushan quake victims and the NGO’s past and ongoing relief and development efforts in Sichuan since 2008.  Vice-secretary general Zhao, who oversees the coordination of relief operations, gave a comprehensive overview of the situation and the government’s plans for recovery.  He also welcomed MR’s continued engagement for the recovery phase.

MR’s Chief Executive Hassan Ahmad commented, “The situation in quake-hit Sichuan has somewhat stabilised. The Chinese government’s efforts were commendable throughout this emergency phase and is quite in control of the crisis.  While the government is focusing on rebuilding infrastructures including roads, electricity, water and gas, there are other areas such as healthcare and the needs of vulnerable groups like children, women and the elderly which require immediate and equal attention.  These are the possible areas where MR could help support in filling the gaps.”

MR launched a public fundraising appeal from 23rd Apr  to 31st May 2013 to support its relief and recovery efforts for quake victims.  Private institutions and corporate groups such as the Chen Su Lan Trust, HSL and Millennium Hotel Chengdu have stepped forward to contribute and support MR’s ongoing humanitarian efforts in Sichuan.  Public can also make their donations through donation boxes located at retail outlets and counters of Wing Tai Retail, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, KOI Cafe, Pastamania and Sports Link Holdings Pte Ltd.

MR will be conducting an island-wide street collection on 26th May and welcomes volunteers to participate in this fundraising initiative.

 

The 3rd batch of aid supplies arrived at the Shuang Shi Township distribution centre in Lushan County, the epicenter of the quake.  

 

Play Packs (left) and diapers (right) were included in the children-centered 3rd batch. 

 

Pediatric medicines, diapers, formula milk and Play Packs arrived at the Lushan People’s Hospital, located just a few kilometers from the quake’s epicenter, to address the needs of the child patients, received by the hospital’s Director Chen.

 

The two blocks at the Lushan People’s Hospital which housed the Emergency unit  (left) and the wards (right) were severely damaged.   

  

(left) The makeshift Women and Children’s ward.

(centre & right) Injured and sick children being treated in the open within the hospital compound.

 

(left) Vice-Secretary General Zhao ( 2nd from left) accompanied by SFPA’s Executive Chairman Weng (in jacket), sharing with the MR team on the overall situation and the government’s plans moving forward.    

(right) VSG Zhao welcoming MR’s continuing assistance 

About Mercy Relief

Mercy Relief is a Singaporean humanitarian organisation which engages in both disaster relief and sustainable development programmes. It was established in 2003 as an independent non-governmental humanitarian charity responding to the human tragedies in Asia. Mercy Relief’s aid programme focuses on providing timely and effective assistance to disaster-stricken communities and has maintained the delivery of emergency aid within 72 hours from the point of appeal for assistance.  

In the past 12 years, Mercy Relief has disbursed over S$32 million in aid across 40 disaster relief and 53 sustainable development initiatives. Mercy Relief has impacted an aggregate of 2 million lives in 24 countries and areas, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal,  Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Yemen.

For more information, you may call us at 6514 6322 or email corporateaffairs@mercyrelief.org