By Manfred Elfstrom, ILRF
As the death toll from the May 12 earthquake in Sichuan Province continues to rise, China is experiencing an unprecedented outpouring of public support for the victims. Relief workers—158 of whom tragically died in landslides while rebuilding roads to the disaster area—have worked tirelessly to save lives. Private cars packed with donated food have jammed roads. College students have lit candles in their dorm room windows, while a three-minute national moment of silence was held a week after the quake. And donations are flowing in from domestic and foreign sources.
This is doubtless a period of uncertainty for the millions of workers from Sichuan employed in other provinces (there are 1.5 million in Shenzhen alone), thousands of miles from their families and communities. ILRF’s thoughts are with these workers, with our partners in China and with everyone affected by the earthquake.
If you want to donate to the relief effort, the following are a few organizations accepting donations and a few guides to donating:
Red Cross Society of China
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
Oxfam Hong Kong
China Earthquake Donation Guide (CNReviews)
China Earthquake Relief Guide
National Committee on US-China Relations Guide