Yunnan's proximity to the devastation of the Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan has brought out all the concern and compassion one would hope to see when a neighbor is suffering. In addition to local fundraising efforts plus the recent transfer of injured survivors to Kunming for medical treatment, Yunnan is doing its part in other ways. Here are just a few:
Shifang orphans relocated to Lijiang
The English-language website of People's Daily is reporting that more than 40 orphans from Shifang, Sichuan have been relocated to the Lijiang Orphan School. The relocation was organized by the All-China Women's Federation. In a strange twist of fate, the orphanage – home to more than 460 orphans – was built in 1999 primarily to assist orphans from Lijiang who had lost their parents to deadly earthquakes in 1996 and 1998.
Temporary housing shipment leaves Kunming
Yesterday a shipment of 5,000 temporary homes left Kunming for the city of Mianyang in Sichuan. Provincial party secretary Ding Shaoxiang presided over a sendoff ceremony for the housing, saying an ad hoc team organized by the Yunnan provincial government was overseeing the production, transport and assembly/installation of the housing in Mianyang and Pingwu County. The temporary housing will reportedly provide more than 100,000 square meters of shelter for earthquake victims. The Yunnan government will also assist in the construction of five primary schools, three middle schools and one trash collection facility.
ChinaONEcall offering free interpreting services for disaster area
Kunming-based telephone interpreting service ChinaONEcall is offering free interpreting services for people needing to get in contact with the disaster zone:
"Following the recent earthquake in Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province, ChinaONEcall is offering free help for victims of the Chinese earthquake, and for anxious family or others needing to contact them or the victims, doctors/nurses in the affected area. Just telephone the service direct within China to 4006 88 66 99 or from overseas to +86 871 805 8503, quoting 'earthquake crisis' and the ChinaONEcall team will do their best to help."
"They operate a 24/7 interpreter service for travellers (business or leisure) and are making available their 15 strong team to give interpreter support to those on this present crisis...Please note we will do our best to help, but cannot locate victims, doctors etc as this will be done by the relevant governmental and aid agencies."
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