Volunteers distribute relief parcels near a shelter in Jiuzhaigou County. [CWDF]
The China Women's Development Foundation (CWDF) has collected nearly 5.54 million yuan (U.S.$ 826,865) in aid over the past week to benefit women and children in two quake-hit counties.
At 9:19 pm on August 8, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Jiuzhaigou County, a popular tourist destination in Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Sichuan Province.
Ten hours later, at 7:27 a.m on August 9, a 6.6-magnitude shock-wave jolted Jinghe County in Bortala Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
By August 13, a total of 8,100 relief parcels worth 1.13 million yuan (U.S.$ 168,656), which contained women's and children's products, clothes, bedding, kitchenware, raincoats, first-aid kit and other urgently-needed supplies, had reached Jiuzhaigou and Jinghe counties, respectively.
Jiuzhaigou Women's Federation immediately sent female volunteers to temporary shelters in the prefecture's affected townships of Zhangzha, Guoyuan and Lingjiang, and Jiuzhaigou tourism area to distribute the supplies.
On August 14, 1,000 parcels worth 300,000 yuan (U.S.$ 44,776) were sent to quake zones in Jinghe County.
These parcels were funded by charitable netizens who joined the relief through Ant Financial and Tencent's online fund-raising platforms, love.alipay.com and gongyi.qq.com.
Moreover, Volkswagen China and MasterCard, two partners of CWDF's charity projects, donated 1 million yuan (U.S.$ 149,253) and U.S.$ 150,000 respectively to help carry out emergency relief, disaster reduction and post-quake reconstruction in these regions.
As per demands of women and children in affected areas, the CWDF will further assist local governments in advancing follow-up disaster relief and post-disaster reconstruction work.
Volunteers unload relief parcels from a vehicle. [CWDF]
(Source: CWDF/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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