Wetlands International - China appeals for earthquake support

25/07/2008

Dear Friends,

As you are all undoubtedly aware, a huge earthquake measuring 8 on the Richter scale hit southwest China 12th May, causing widespread destruction and claiming tens of thousands of lives. In some areas of Sichaun and Gansu Provinces, many towns and villages were virtually wiped from the map, with 80-90% of buildings completely destroyed.

Rescue teams have worked tirelessly in arduous conditions and difficult terrain, and now efforts are beginning to turn to the clean up and the rebuilding of villages and cities. In the weeks past since the earthquake, the international community has been very supportive, offering financial assistance or offering personnel, for this the people of China are thankful. However, the work has only just begun and much more support will be needed until we reach the other side of this disaster. Many international organisations and people have pledged funds for the clean up and rebuilding effort. While Wetlands International - China office staff have given generously of their own funds. Our office would like to call on the international community to put forth donations for the rebuilding of schools, many of which were devastated by the earthquake.

We have selected one school in Wen County, Gansu province, as an area we would like to assist. The school sits on the border of Gansu and Sichuan and is 200km from the earthquake epicenter. As a result it suffered severe damage and cannot be used in its current state.

Children are now having lessons under makeshift tents with basic materials. We recognize that rebuilding the school is a costly exercise and so would like the donations we receive to go towards rebuilding a classroom, library or supplying the school with classroom materials such as desks and chairs.

While the primary focus of the funding is to redevelop the school we also see a possibility of developing a strong wetland and river education focus within the school. We will endeavor to establish a memorandum of understanding with the school that they continue strong links with Wetlands International - China and have strong focus on wetlands and river science and education. The school is conveniently located next to a major Yangzi River tributary, the Bailong River.

Currently access to the school is still difficult and daily aftershocks make traveling to the region dangerous. When the situation is better more information will be available for dissemination to interested people.

We ask wholeheartedly that you find the means to give generously to help the victims of this natural disaster. We wish all of you can come together and donate to very worthwhile cause.

A receipt will be provided for all donations, and details will be posted on the website www.wetwonder.org. Furthermore updates will be given regarding amount of monies raised and the progress of the redevelopment
of the schools.

The bank account will be following:

IN A/C WITH Mr ZHANG JIE
A/C NO.4100600-0188-142271-5
Bank of Name: Beijing Aoyuncun Sub-branch, Bank of China Bank ID# BKCHCNBJ110
ADDRESS: No.6 3Qu Anhuili, Chanoyang District, Beijing China 100101

Our contact personis Mr Peter Novak, email address: peter@wetwonder.org Our Accountant is Ms Tian Jing, Email address: tianjin@wetwonder.org

Yours sincerely

Chen Kelin
Wetlands International-China

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