Devastating Earthquakes Cause Massive Casualties
The People of Türkiye need Your Help!
A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Türkiye and Syria on February 6, and the numbers of casualties continue to rise. Rescue work has proven difficult due to the continue aftershocks in the disaster area, as well as the extremely low temperature, frequent snowstorms, and the rubble of collapsed buildings. Hundreds of thousands of disaster survivors lost their loved ones and homes, waiting in grief for medicine, food, water, warm clothing and other emergency supplies.
[UPDATE 09/02/2023] Amity immediately launched an emergency response after the disaster, and our staff have arrived in the disaster area to work with our local partners to deliver humanitarian relief to the affected.
You can help bring much-needed aid for the people of Türkiye by donating to Amity via our general donations page. You can also contribute through Amity Foundation HK’s Alipay appeal page by scanning the QR Code below.
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Climate Crisis brings Deadly Floods
The People of Pakistan need Your Help!
Since June 2022, Pakistan has experienced severe monsoon weather leading to widespread flooding and landslides, the latest in a series of large-scale natural disasters brought on by climate change. To date, one-third of the country is submerged underwater, leaving its people in dire circumstances. As of mid September, over 1500 people including many children have died. More than 500,000 homes were destroyed leaving many displaced.
Evacuees have been forced to settle in poor conditions, with many contracting malaria and dengue fever. As water levels remain high, resources such as shelter, food, clean water, clothes, medicine and mosquito nets are urgently needed. Further support such as health and safeguarding services are required to help Pakistan rebuild in the wake of the ordeal.
On 16 September 2022, ACT Alliance released an official appeal outlining the response strategy to be carried out in Pakistan, with the following target outcomes:
Full details of the ACT Alliance Appeal, as well as guidelines for donating directly to ACT Alliance, can be found here.
As a founding member of the ACT Alliance, the Amity Foundation is responding to these targeted needs in partnership with Community World Service Asia (CWSA). You can help bring much-needed aid for the people of Pakistan by directly supporting ACT Alliance’s appeal or donating to Amity via this page. You can also contribute through Amity Foundation HK’s Alipay appeal page by scanning the QR Code below. Your kind donation will support short- and long-term relief operations for the people of Pakistan.
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The Amity Torch Program is an educational international project that supports students and their families and promotes the realization of education equity. Poor families in developing countries often face the financial burden to send their children to school or equip them with the basic needs to pursue their education. The situation has worsened due to COVID-19, which brings additional challenges to families in difficult situations. The Amity Torch Program aims to reduce local school dropouts by providing financial aid and living and learning materials for underprivileged children in developing countries. In addition to the school supplies and hygiene kits, the parents receive cash incentives. The South-South cooperation project has benefited more than 5,000 children and their families and runs in 8 developing countries in Asia and Africa (Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda). It is our strong belief that no one should be left behind in our strive for the sustainable development of all people. (Cover picture @NCCP)
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Amity Bakery is a social enterprise and a sheltered vocational training center that provides employment and vocational training for young adults with learning difficulties. Amity Bakery serves as a platform for advocacy and raises awareness on issues of underprivileged people in China. Company employees and school classes are visiting the Amity Bakery on a regular basis to attend cooking classes and learn about the concept of inclusion of challenged people. The Amity Foundation is committed to improve the living quality of people with mental challenges, support them to attend vocational training, and help to build confidence and capacity for their families.
The Amity Foundation Sprouts on Earth project focuses on maternal and child nutrition in underdeveloped areas of Mainland China. The project provides continuous and in-depth services such as pregnancy check-ups, nutritional support, growth monitoring, and health education for poor women and newborns. The project aims to reduce maternal and child health risks, improve overall population quality, enhance health service capacity, and ultimately promote the sustainable development of rural revitalization.
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