SINGAPORE – The Singapore Archdiocese has made two appeals for the Disaster Aid Fund following the recent disasters in Myanmar and China.
The first appeal made in the weekend of May 10-11 for Cyclone Nargis victims raised more than $770,000. The second appeal, which started in the first weekend of June following the Sichuan earthquake, has collected more than $950,000 to date.
The Archdiocese Crisis Coordination Team (ACCT) which manages the Disaster Aid Fund has funded some immediate relief work but is now focused on longer term reconstruction projects in these two countries.
So far, ACCT has committed about $810,000 in funding support. Projects it is funding include $300,000 to the Myanmar Disaster Relief Committee of the Archdiocese of Yangon to help with relief and rehabilitation work; $210,000 to the Society of Jesus for shelters, education assistance and emergency assistance for more 10,000 victims; $85,000 to the Myanmar Families Commission to provide counselling for the victims of the disaster and $200,000 for Jinde Charities to carry out relief work in the Sichuan area.
In addition, it has provided minor financial support to several religious groups and Mercy Relief who are undertaking relief work in Myanmar. Further information on these commitments are available at ACCT’s website www.acct-sg.org.