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NZ Earthquake Dollars To Rebuild Health Centre

NZ earthquake dollars to rebuild health centre

World Vision New Zealand has now raised over $750,000 for victims of the Bam earthquake which shattered the Iranian city on December 26.

Over 41,000 were killed in the earthquake, and most of the homes in the city and the surrounding villages were destroyed. New Zealand press officer, James Addis, just returned from three weeks in Bam, says the destruction left not one person unaffected. "Everyone I met had at least one member of their family killed in the earthquake. The infrastructure has been destroyed along with houses, schools, hospitals, clinics ? all disintegrated into dust from the mud bricks from which the buildings were built."

World Vision is now coming to the end of its initial emergency distribution of relief items, and is beginning the rehabilitation phase of its work in Bam. The Ministry of Health has prioritised the construction of four health centres in Bam City, each to support up to 20,000 people. World Vision is rebuilding three of these Health Centres, and funds raised by World Vision New Zealand will go to rebuild the Sfeekan Health Centre in the northern suburbs of Bam.

World Vision has employed an Iranian civil engineer to conduct all negotiations with local contractors, and a team of Iranian World Vision engineers will monitor the work. World Vision Australia and AUSAid (Australian Government) will also be funding this rebuilding, as well as the provision of equipment and furnishings.


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