Friday, May 15, 2009

Creating Hope from Tragedy

The United Nations Development Program is helping the government of China bring relief to those still affected by the devastating earthquake of last year. The massive quake shook the mountainous southwestern province of Sichuan, taking the lives of over 70,000 people and causing billions of dollars in damage. After a year since the quake hit last May, the destruction left in its wake is still affecting millions.

Despite the tragic events of the Sichuan earthquake, the Chinese government is looking to the future. The State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development (LGOP) is teaming up with the UNDP to not only provide relief to those in need, but to rebuild quake affected areas so that they will have a more sustainable and eco-friendly future. The relief and reconstruction efforts will be guiding over 4500 villages in southwest China as they work to rebuild their lives and their communities.

The UNDP will be focusing specifically on assisting the most vulnerable of those in need of relief: women, children, the eldery, and the disabled. The program will be put into action over the next two years, supported by over $5.36 Million US in funding. Since its implementation in September of last year, over 25,000 people have already benefited from the program, over half of which are women and children.

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