BEIJING -- Chinese Red Cross Foundation donated a total of 732 million yuan (about US$104 million) in cash and property to charity programs in 2008, more than eight times the figure of 2007, said the foundation council Thursday.
The foundation received 1.537 billion yuan (about 220 million of US dollars) in donations from both domestic and overseas sources last year, nine times the figure of 2007, said Wang Rupeng, deputy-director of the board.
Wang said 90 percent of the donation was received for disaster-relief work in Sichuan and other quake-hit areas in China, while the Red Cross Angel Program, which provides medical aid to poor areas, received 104 million yuan, and the Bo'Ai Aid Program for poor students received 36.95 million.
Rupeng said that the Angel Program helped to train 400 rural doctors, and provided aid to about 7,800 people with leukemia, congenital heart disease, cleft lip and palate, deafness, paraplegy and cancer.
The Bo'ai Aid Program trained 100 rural teachers, helped 107 needy students to complete their middle school study, and built 556 Red Cross libraries for rural middle and primary schools.
Wang said that more than 6.9 million people had benefited from the total of 2,194 clinics, 194 schools and 1,112 libraries the foundation had built throughout the country by the end of 2008.
He said that the foundation planned to establish social supervision committees for construction projects in quake-hit areas, to guarantee that the donated money was used transparently and efficiently.