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|President Hu Jintao visited the “Deyang Disabled Persons’ Federation, Hong Kong Red Cross Rehabilitation, Prosthetic and Orthotic Centre” Encouraged the earthquake-affected undergoing rehabilitation|
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12 May 2008, an unforgettable day for all of us. The vibration of Sichuan Earthquake measuring 8 on the Richter scale has devastated not only Sichuan province, but also shocked humanitarian workers and the people of Hong Kong. In response to the emergency appeal of the Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC), the people of Hong Kong and corporations raised funds for the Sichuan victims through various means. A total of around HK$1.3 billion and relief materials has been donated to the affected via HKRC. Some has even joined voluntary work of different kinds to show their support.
These tremendous supports enabled HKRC to implement its relief and recovery operations in a timely manner. Apart from support reconstruction and rehabilitation projects in Gansu and Shaanxi provinces, in June 2008, HKRC has set up a field office with its own delegates in Chengdu, Sichuan, to manage and monitor closely the reconstruction operations funded by HKRC, guarantee the reconstruction progress as well as both quality and quantity of the projects. Moreover, Deyang Disabled Person’s Federation, Hong Kong Red Cross Rehabilitation, Prosthetic and Orthotic Centre has been established by HKRC and Deyang Disabled Persons’ Federation jointly in Deyang Prefecture, Sichuan, and is the first of its kind designated to providing one stop rehabilitation service to the affected. HKD 1.1 billion has been mobilized to the whole relief and reconstruction projects which benefiting approximately 700,000 affected people in 3 provinces including Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi.
One year after the Sichuan Earthquake, HKRC stays with the affected communities. Despite all the challenges, the reconstruction operations in the affected areas are continuing in full speed while there is still a long way to go before livelihood is restored and disaster preparedness capacity is enhanced. Although natural disasters are sometimes unavoidable, the affected communities will resume their normal life quickly by collective efforts from all sectors. Honoring its mission to “Protect human life, Care for the health of the vulnerable and Respect human dignity”, HKRC will stay together with the affected communities to rebuild their homes.