On May 12, 2008, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake hit China’s Sichuan province. The quake, whose epicenter was just 50 miles northwest of the densely populated city of Chengdu, affected over 15 million, injured 350,000 and tragically claimed the lives of as many as 70,000 people.
Schools were particularly hard hit by the quake—at least 7,000 school buildings in Sichuan Province collapsed. Tragically, more than 5,000 children were killed.
OpUSA partnered with Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the philanthropic arm of Honeywell Corporation, to reconstruct a village-level primary school that now serves over 450 students. A ribbon-cutting for the Honeywell Three Villages United Primary School was held in May 2009.
Operation USA and Honeywell remain committed to the recovery process in China. Second phase projects are underway and include the construction of five primary care health clinics in Liangping County, Chongqing, as well as the construction of a second primary school.