Hands On Chengdu: Community Container Program

Monday, June 23, 2008 0:32

As you may have guessed by the slower traffic over the last 4-5 weeks, my focus has been a bit diverted.

Well, I am proud to say that after 4 weeks of putting the framework of a website together, sending my director to Chengdu for an assessment, and working with some fantastic people as SMC ALSOP and ACL we are now ready to release our first major program. It is one that we presented 7 days ago to officials in the area, and it was given strong support, and that means that it is time to get to work.

Through its previous Disaster relief experience in areas like New Orleans, the Philippines, and Florida, the Hands On Network organization recognized early that the recovery and rebuilding efforts following the 5.12 earthquake in the Sichuan Province of China would require an innovative and long term effort to support those affected.

The Hands On Chengdu ‘Community Flowers’ project was born from a simple idea – that shipping containers are strong, sturdy, safe, easily moved, and can be fitted out easily to provide support facilities. We began working with Shanghai based SMC ALSOP, supported by ARUP, RFR and ACL to look at how to take 4 to 6 used shipping containers to build a place for the community.

Through this process in Shanghai, and with the completion of our assessment trip and discussions with local government officials, we have developed a model that will provide a space for people of affected areas to receive treatment, be entertained, continue their education, and rebuild their communities.

At the same time, unlike many donation appeals, Hands On has developed this program keeping in mind our core strength in managing volutneers, and that being a part of this program moves beyond writing a check. By getting you and your firm involved in this community rebuilding process, you will be participating in a truly holistic program that connects your firm to the rebuilding efforts in a way that employees, clients, and the community not just see in the paper, but see everyday.

To learn more about this program, please download our brochure, and then email Rich Brubaker [email protected] to find out how you can get involved today.

To learn more about Hands on Chengdu, go to www.handsonchengdu.org

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One Response to “Hands On Chengdu: Community Container Program”

  1. Matt says:

    June 23rd, 2008 at 12:57 am

    Very interesting. Shipping containers seem to be finding some very interesting niches outside of the typical shipping application.