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ADRA China Receives HKD 1,000,000 for Disaster Response in the Philippines
January 14, 2013

Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) China received a grant of HKD 1,000,000 from the Hong Kong Government’s Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee to provide emergency food relief to typhoon survivors in the Philippines. Other recipients included World Vision, and Save the Children in Hong Kong.

Southwest monsoon rains combined with two typhoons - Typhoon Gener (international name “Saola”) on August 1, 2012, and Typhoon Haikui on August 7, 2012 - produced widespread floods which severely affected more than 4 million people in 17 provinces of Luzon. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in the Philippines reported 109 deaths among the 62,847 rescued and a total of 12,962 damaged homes.  ADRA China requested the funds to provide emergency relief assistance in Pampanga and Laguna Provinces of Luzon.

For the relief operation ADRA China worked in collaboration with ADRA Philippines and their partners, the Social Welfare and Development Office of the Philippines government, SDA institutions, including the North Philippine Union Conference, Central Luzon Conference, and Adventist Community Services. Food packs were successfully distributed providing critical support to 5,145 households.

ADRA China is being recognized as a reliable partner of the Hong Kong government, as evidenced by significantly larger relief donations with each request.  In 2010 ADRA China received its first donation of HKD 300,000 to support survivors of the earthquake in Yushu Prefecture in the Qinghai Province. In 2011, a second donation of HKD 500,000 supported a strong response to flood survivors in Cambodia. 

ADRA has been active in China since 1996 and is currently implementing development projects in Sichuan and Qinghai Provinces. ADRA China’s portfolio focuses on primary health care, and environmental protection in addition to emergency preparedness and response.

ADRA is a non-governmental organization present in 125 countries providing sustainable community development and disaster relief without regard to political or religious association, age, gender, race or ethnicity.

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