Last Friday morning our headquarters building in DC hosted a roundtable discussion about how the United States is and will continue to support recovery efforts in China following the earthquake there.
President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice came over to address the group of nonprofits, corporations, and governmental agencies assisting China in relief efforts.
Even though the White House is a mere block and a half away from our building, the energy of a POTUS visit changed the air around here for a few hours.
Present at the roundtable were a slew of nonprofit organizations working in China: World Relief, Heart to Heart, Americares, Samaritan’s Purse, Habitat for Humanity International, Mercy Corps, MAP International, International Medical Corps, Salvation Army World Service Office, World Vision, InterAction, and Asia Foundation.
And corporations who are lending a hand: Business Roundtable, Cisco, Honeywell International, The US-China Business Council, Avon, Procter & Gamble, Merck & Co, Chevron, US Chamber of Commerce, New York Life Insurance Company, Merrill Lynch & Co., Johnson & Johnson, Caterpillar Inc.
We also had Wenzhong Zhou, the Ambassador of China.
Talk about a power packed room!
- We were able to get video of the event. Lots of it.
- White House Press Release
- American Red Cross response