Relief and Rehabilitation
Global climate change has led to frequent and more severe natural disasters in many places. The destruction and harm it brings often has lasting impact on families and children, and causes the loss of health and lives. According to a report by the Ministry of Emergency Management, there were 33 times of heavy rainfall in the country in 2020, with an average precipitation of 689.2 mm. This is 11.2% above the average and the third highest rainfall since 1961. The State Council also focuses on disaster risks and threats. This is reflected in the Opinions of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council on Promoting Rural Revitalization and Accelerating Agricultural and Rural Modernization issued in 2021, which emphasizes on “(24)... to strengthen the emergency management and fire safety systems at the county, township and village levels, effectively implement risk assessments, monitoring and early warnings, and emergency responses to events such as natural disasters, public health, and hidden safety hazards”.
World Vision works with communities to counter the threat of climate change. We equip families, children and communities in disaster prevention and mitigation, this includes assessing disaster risk and planning action plans together with them. We support trainings about disaster, escape and self-rescue. We also help them establish emergency warning mechanisms that consist of designing emergency plans, issuing early warnings, conducting drills, providing equipment and teaching them how to handle and maintain these equipment. Community members and children who participate can then share the impact of this program, and pass on the knowledge they have gained to their peers.
- Distribute relief aid: We provide food, education material, daily necessities, hygiene kits, shelter and other relief items to those affected by disaster.
- Psychosocial support activities: We work with reputable technical experts to organize and carry out psychosocial support activities for children, adults and relief workers, to support their well-being and ability to cope with stress.
- Early recovery and rehabilitation: We support livelihood recovery, as well as the reconstruction of school facilities, houses and infrastructure.
- Disaster preparedness: We integrate disaster preparedness into our long term development work, encourage community participation and equip parents, caregivers, children and vulnerable groups to respond to disasters.
- Disaster prevention and mitigation: We support work to clear land for afforestation, plant grass to control erosion, construct ditches, river embankment and other water conservancy projects, carry out school and community-oriented disaster prevention and mitigations programs such as drills, raise awareness and install suitable equipment in schools.
Disasters that World Vision has responded to in 2017 – 2019:
In June 2020, heavy rainfall flooded many provinces in southern China. Jiangxi was one of the worst hit provinces. World Vision responded to the flooding in Jiangxi with the support of the Jiangxi Department of Civil Affairs, Jiangxi Overseas Non-government Organizations Administration Office and Jiangxi Charity Federation. On the 11 July, three World Vision staff members visited Wuyuan County and Shangrao City, Jiangxi Province to assess the damages and immediate needs of those affected by floods.
On the 15 July, the first batch of relief items provided by World Vision China reached Wuyuan County, Jiangxi Province. The relief items included 1,000 quilts, 300 family kits, 100 child-friendly kits and 100 hygiene kits. Although reconstruction work began when the floodwater receded, incessant rainfall continued to affect the livelihood of many. To help those affected, World Vision China distributed the second batch of relief items consisting of 288 tons of rice, 8,200 quilts, 5,100 family kits, 100 child friendly kits and 100 hygiene kits worth RMB 3.66 million to 56,800 people in Wuyuan County and Pengze County, Jiangxi Province.
World Vision also carried out disaster risk reduction projects such as providing trainings and safety equipment in schools and communities, so that everyone, especially children, possess disaster mitigation and self-protection skills. It also builds the resilience of the most vulnerable against the risk and effects of disasters. In 2020, World Vision’s disaster risk reduction projects benefitted 30 local partner organizations and impacted the lives of 37,900 people.
World Vision in China has distributed emergency protection supplies – including thousands of masks to local health workers...