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The program started in 1987. Amity has been adhering to the working principles of people first, sustainable development, gender equality, and respect for local culture, to meet the basic needs of people, to establish and to improve community development, cooperation, and sharing mechanisms, and to promote the sustainable development of community economy, society, culture, and nature. Further, under the guidance of the International Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response, Amity has been devoted to carrying out disaster prevention, disaster reduction, emergency relief, and post-disaster reconstruction work based on the needs of people, with a focus on enhancing the resilience of the affected areas. The program covers regions such as Guizhou, Yunnan, Shaanxi, Guangxi, Hunan, Sichuan, Inner Mongolia, Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia, Shanxi, Jiangsu and Fujian, and overseas countries including North Korea, Kenya, the Philippines, Nepal, Ecuador, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, etc. Up to now, more than 10 million people have benefited from the program.
In 2019, the Amity community development and disaster management team implemented a total of 74 projects, ranging from integrated rural development, disaster management, international projects and online crowdfunding. These projects covered 19 provinces/ autonomous regions and municipalities, such as Qinghai, Gansu, Guangxi, Yunnan, Hunan and Sichuan provinces as well as three foreign countries including Sri Lanka, Nepal and Myanmar, helping over 160,000 people.
1. Mature work model on domestic disaster relief: With the support of Alipay Charity, Tencent Charity and other Internet platforms, Amity has gone into a virtuous circle of online fundraising, rapid implementation and timely feedback.
2. A cooperative network with social organizations as the main force being established: The network had played a great role in Amity’s work such as disaster relief, resource protection, and Papa and Mama’s Canteen.
3. Major achievements in the development of overseas projects: Project area was expanded to Myanmar; the team worked with Amity Hong Kong office to expand “Living Water” project to overseas; the team applied to Taobao for “Charity Products Project on International Education Support”; and the team set up links with international platforms with UN and ICVA.