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Earthquake destruction in Dujiangyan, China. Amity Foundation/ACT International

Earthquake destruction in Dujiangyan, China. Amity Foundation/ACT International

MCC responds to Chinese earthquake

May 16, 2008

AKRON, Pa. – Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is accepting financial contributions to help people affected by the May 12 earthquake in central China.

MCC has committed an initial $20,000 for earthquake relief and recovery efforts. MCC is providing $10,000 to The Amity Foundation, a Chinese partner organization, to provide 1,088 plastic sheets to families whose homes were destroyed.

MCC is planning to provide an initial $10,000 to churches in Sichuan province to purchase and distribute aid in affected communities.

"Depending on the level of giving that comes in, we can do more to assist Amity and the churches in responding the needs created by the earthquake," said Tom Wenger, MCC's associate director for Asia.

Eight Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) workers are serving as English teachers at universities in the affected areas of Sichuan province and Chongquing municipality. All have been accounted for, and none were harmed in the earthquake, according to Kathleen Suderman, an MCC representative in Beijing.

Contributions should be designated "China emergency assistance" and may be made online at mcc.org/donate or at any MCC office.