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Qinghai Earthquake Relief

[ 0 ] April 18, 2010 |

I was devastated to hear the news about the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck China’s Qinghai Province on 14 April 2010.  Living in China this disaster struck a chord with me and really made it hit home that disasters can happen at any time, without any warning to anyone.  My thoughts go out to all the people whose lives have been devastated by this terrible disaster. 

On April 14 at 7:49 a.m. in China’s Qinghai Province, a 7.1 earthquake struck, killing at least 400 people and injuring tens of thousands, according to the China Charity Federation (CCF). The quake also destroyed 90% of the homes in the county seat, Jeigu.

A majority of buildings have been destroyed and people are trying to find shelter in weather that is freezing and snowy, with high winds. Many of the affected communities are in rural and isolated areas, which will complicate logistics as supplies and aid are brought in. The hardest hit areas are 15 hours by road from the closest city, Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province. This is complicated by damage done to roads by the earthquake.  The above information is courtesy of Give 2 Asia.

The already poor province is made up of mostly  Tibetans and other minority groups with the average GDP only AUD$874.  Qinghai needs all the help it can get to rebuild homes and lives.   The people of Qinghai desperately need donations to provide food, shelter, and medicine. 

Make A Donation

Anyone can make a donation at


Australians can make donations through the Oxfam International Crisis Relief Fund.


American’s can make a donations to  UNICEF USA.


Canadians can donate through the Canadian Red Cross.


There is no specific fundraising I could find for this disaster but you can make donation to the UNICEF  Children’s Emergency Fund“As soon as it becomes clear a humanitarian response is needed, UNICEF UK is able to use your donations to the Fund to provide support for UNICEF’s emergency humanitarian efforts.”


For my fellow ESL teachers living in China you make a donation to the Red Cross Society of China.


How Bloggers Can Help

As bloggers we are in the perfect position to spread the word about the devastating Qinghai Earthquake and how our readers can help.  Feel free to copy and paste the  above links, the more people that write about it the more people will be aware and be able to help in the relief effort. You can also install a ‘donate now’ widget on your blog or webpage from Global Giving (scroll down to the end of the page).

I’ll keep you updated if I become aware of any earthquake relief fundraising events or volunteer opportunities.

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