Old Wen oversees Sichuan relief efforts...again—and how you can help

by Sascha Matuszak
Posted: August 25th, 2010 | Updated: August 25th, 2010 | Comments
Wen Jia Bao visits Sichuan flooding areas Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is affectionately known as "Lao Wen" in Sichuan, a province he has visited more often than he might have wanted to in the past few years—first to view the destruction of 2008's Wenchuan Earthquake and most recently to survey the damage done by massive flooding. His visit coincides with a major relief effort spearheaded by local, provincial and the central government, with the PLA and police doing the grunt work, much as they did two years ago. The Yunnan and Sichuan provinces—and now with the floods that seem to be nature's dramatic response to the previous dry spell. China is relying on government aid and citizen donations for now, but there are a few organizations stepping in to help out:
  • The Canadian Red Cross is accepting donations and working with the Chinese Red Cross, go here for more information.
  • Give2Asia is accepting donations as well, through their China Flood Relief Fund, you can find details here.
  • The US Embassy has contributed funds and are able to connect you with participating governmental and non-governmental organizations involved in aid work
  • Sichuan Quake Relief was instrumental in bringing aid to the victims of the 2008 earthquake and they are still in the area helping out the same areas affected by the current flooding disaster.
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