Following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake on April 20, Ya’an, Lushan County, Sichuan Province, China, our hearts go out to the earthquake victims, families and communities. As we have been discussing with the NGO friends, there are a number of ways to get involved.
By April 23, RMB 438 million (~71 million USD) has been donated to 66 foundations in China, and Jet Li’s One Foundation has received the most funds for this earthquake relief. They have a reputation for professional fund management and allocation, is relatively more transparent, and disaster relief is one of their focus work areas. They have several ways for people to donate, and you can check their donation page for more information.
Two international NGOs who have responded quickly to the needs are Give2Asia and World Vision; the latter also has a special focus on disaster relief. Their donation links for the quake are: Give2Asia and World Vision.
In addition to the three organizations mentioned above, there are many other charities contributing in the quake zone. The China Foundation Center is helping to publish how foundations are using the funds. (Click to see an example article in Chinese.)
Many people here on the ground are seeking their own ways to donate and help. For example, see recent New York Times article here.
While we are saddened to hear of the tragic loss of life and injuries caused by the disaster, we are also very encouraged to see that people are thinking about how to find the right NGOs for their donations, and seeking better and wise ways to give.