Sichuan Earthquake: Blog (and Business) Aid

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As the scale of the tragedy in Sichuan has become apparent – with over 40,000 killed, and millions now homeless – people around the world have responded with generous support for the victims and their families, and for all of China. Donations have been coming thick and fast – most of it from within China – according to AP:

    “In the week since the quake, donations have totaled $1.3 billion — 85 percent raised within China, the Xinhua News Agency said Sunday, citing the Ministry of Civil Affairs.”

The international corporate world has also been active in helping the relief effort, and those doing business in China, and in particular in Sichuan, have a chance to play an active and positive role for a long time to come. In terms of corporate donations, Xinhua reports that:

    “China has received 1.3 billion yuan (185.7 million U.S. dollars) in cash and goods for earthquake relief from multinational corporations (MNCs), joint ventures and Hongkong, Macao, Taiwan-based enterprises as of Monday.

    These included 1.192 billion yuan in cash and 108 million yuan worth of relief materials, the foreign investment department of the Ministry of Commerce said.

    These donations were from 414 MNCs, joint ventures and Hongkong, Macao, Taiwan-based enterprises.”

China Rises lists some of the donations made by US firms. Google added US$2 million, as well as practical support in the form of a “lost loved ones” search facility – a company helping by doing what it does best. CSR Asia notes that Chinese bloggers are keeping tabs on donations. The UK’s JCB has also been mentioned in dispatches, quickly sending diggers and drivers to the affected area.

No doubt more relief will not have been counted in those figures – which will anyway be increasing daily. Of course many charities have also been active in helping the aid effort, and there are many ways for individuals and companies to help. Here are some pointers and comments from the blogging community:

There are many more examples, and more will appear. The point is that there are many ways to help. And it is much needed at this time of national mourning in China.

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2 Responses to “Sichuan Earthquake: Blog (and Business) Aid”

  1. Administrator Says:

    While some companies are supporting the effort and getting thanks, some – if netizens don’t think they are doing enough – are getting critisism instead: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/world/20080523TDY05308.htm

  2. ForeignNews Says:

    The British Chinese foundation has been supporting the quake effort by asking businesses within London China Town to support a community wide collection scheme.

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