R.E.A.C.T. China Earthquake

On 12th May, 2008, a huge earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale hit China’s Sichuan province. More than 69,000 people were killed and an estimated 5.36 million buildings collapsed. The needs are ongoing and Global Hand is committed to playing its part in keeping this crisis before our constituents, even after the initial response has slowed down.

Responding to Emergencies with Appropriateness, Coordination and Timeliness.

If you have information to contribute, or if you need information you cannot find here, please let us know at enquiries@globalhand.org.

“Partnerships between humanitarian actors and private sector companies should be developed in which the core competencies of both parties are valued and leveraged. Though financial contributions may sometimes be easier for humanitarian actors to accept and use, humanitarian action would benefit significantly from access to the expertise, resources, and global, regional, and local networks of the private sector.”

[Source: WEF/OCHA Guiding Principles for Public-Private Collaboration for Humanitarian Action]


Several organisations within the Global Hand community and beyond have responded to this situation. Those indicated below with a [*] are Global Hand verified NGOs.


Would you like to donate to NGOs who are responding to this crisis?

You are welcome to place an offer of freight, human resources, funding or goods on the Global Hand site. Validated Global Hand members will be able to respond to your offer and use it in an appropriate and responsible manner. Please indicate in the description of your offer that you would like to respond to the China earthquake.


  • Reconstruction of schools, homes, roads and railways
  • Agricultural assistance to help restore livelihoods
  • Post-trauma expertise to offer psychosocial support for children and families and training for local mental health workers
  • Communications equipment, building supplies, heavy equipment, medical equipment and supplies, generators, kitchen sets, hygiene kits, coats and quilts

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Further links you may find helpful regarding the China earthquake.

Would you like to contact us?
If you would like to discuss a response to the earthquake in China further, feel free to contact us:

+852 2272 9390 for Hong Kong office, HQ (Katey Kenworthy)
+44 7792 419903 for UK office (Ben Solanky)


Regions / countries / territories

Asia: China


China: Earthquake in Sichuan Province - May 2008