Bam Earthquake 2003, Iran
The Bam earthquake erupted on 26 December 2003, killing 28,000 and leaving thousands more homeless at the peak of its winter. Responding to the international appeal made by the Iranian authorities, MR joined hands with its partners from the Singapore Catholic Archdiocese, Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS), Singapore Soka Association (SSA), Young Sikh Association (YSAS), and the Iranian community in Singapore, to execute a major fundraising effort in aid of the earthquake survivors in Bam.
In tandem, MR worked with the Iranian community in Singapore and the Ba’alwie Mosque to consolidate and ship 2 containers of relief supplies. The first container was dispatched on 6 January, comprising 18,000 sets of brand new clothes and winter-wear, canned meat and medicine. The second tranche of supplies was sent a week later including household kits, clothes for adults and children, cooking oil and hygiene packs.
There after MR linked up with the Singapore Red Cross Society (SRCS) to lead an assessment team to Bam. Consequently, MR and SRCS facilitated the reconstruction of 2 orphanages and 2 relief warehouses in Bam and neighbouring Kerman.