(PORTLAND, ORE - May 23, 2008) Medical Teams International is accepting funds to help thousands of families who have yet to receive aid after last week’s deadly earthquake in China.
Partnering with relief agency Cedar Fund Hong Kong, Medical Teams International’s funds will help local medical volunteers bring medical care and essential medicines to thousands of homeless families in remote villages. Funding will also provide plastic sheeting for 3500 families, as well as help rebuild a hospital and a school devastated by the May 12 earthquake. Programs will focus on helping the most vulnerable victims, including orphans, the elderly and children with disabilities.
“The weeks and months ahead are critical in helping hurting families in China recover from this tragedy,” says Bas Vanderzalm, president of Medical Teams International. “Our local church-based partners are on the ground now to deliver medical aid to those who are affected.”
An estimated 55,000 people died in last week’s earthquake—one of the deadliest disasters to hit China in decades. More than 5.4 million Chinese are displaced and are in desperate need of tents, food and medicines.
China’s earthquake is the second major disaster Medical Teams International is responding to this month. The agency is also working in Myanmar where a cyclone earlier in May killed a reported 100,000 people and displaced nearly 2.5 million more. Medical Teams International is supporting disaster projects in Myanmar through its partner World Concern. Medical Teams International also has staff and volunteers prepared to serve once aid workers are permitted to enter the country.
To donate to the China Earthquake Relief Fund, please call 1.800.959.4325, give online at our secure Web site, or mail gifts to PO Box 10, Portland, OR 97207. Donations can also be made at any U.S. Bank branch.
Founded in 1979 as Northwest Medical Teams, Medical Teams International is a non-profit humanitarian relief agency that exists to demonstrate the love of Christ to people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty around the world. Since 1979, Medical Teams International has deployed more the 1,700 volunteer teams and shipped more than $1 billion in medical supplies to help 35 million people in 100 countries.