From AsiaNews, stories of how Asian Christians are helping
In the Philippines Caritas Manila is shipping its first aid collected in Manila parishes via two Burmese priests on their way home. Fr David Kyaw Kyaw Lwin and Fr Philip Maka Naw Aung are students in the Philippines but as soon as tragedy struck their homeland they decided to organise a special trip home to bring some relief.
Caritas Manila executive director Fr Anton Pascal said that his agency in coordination with Caritas Internationalis in Thailand and Burmese bishops is organising relief and rehabilitation operations.
Groups of Catholic young people from Chengdu arrived in Dujiangyan several days ago to help in the distribution of aid. The city is sadly famous for the collapse of its schools, which led to the death of at least 600 children and young people.
A group of 50 Catholic volunteers from Hebei, including some sisters and priests, arrived yesterday at the site of the earthquake.
Catholics and Anglicans in Hong Kong have launched fundraising drives to help with reconstruction. Caritas of Hong Kong has for years been involved in fostering development in many villages in China, and is in the first ranks of aid efforts for the survivors.