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Everyone:

As is probably the case with most of you, I'm struggling to come to grips with the loss of life and destruction from the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami. The pictures of the dead and injured, especially the children, simply tear at my heartstrings. My thoughts go out to all who have been affected by the tsunami, yet I cannot begin to understand what it must be like to have gone through such a thing...

I've pondered what I might be able to do to help, and I think Apple has the right idea -- spread the word regarding relief agencies, as the scope of this disaster is unprecedented: it will take all of us to make a difference for the affected countries and people. So without further ado, here's a list of relief agencies, borrowed from Apple's homepage:



Please do list other agencies in the comments. Please do not waste your typing to tell me that this doesn't belong on the site -- at times like these, I feel it's important to help in any way I can. If these links inspire even one additional person to contribute, then that's a victory for the cause. I'll leave this here for a few days while I find a spot for some permanent links...

To do my very small part, I will be making a donation of $500 to the relief efforts. I will also pledge 50% of the advertising revenue in January, with a continuing 10% (of ad revenue) donation for each month of 2005. Hopefully others will feel similarly inspired to contribute to the various agencies...

-rob.
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Tsunami disaster relief...
Authored by: feelgood on Dec 29, '04 06:17:00PM
Another option: Samaritan's Purse
http://www.samaritanspurse.org/

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Tsunami disaster relief...
Authored by: Mr. H on Dec 29, '04 06:29:13PM

Good on you Rob, I hope others are inspired to give what they can and to encourage their friends and family to donate also.

The following is a copy and paste of a news article from the BBC news website (original URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4131881.stm) containing links to many organisations, including several that UK readers will find helpful:

Asian disaster: How to help

Global aid organisations have launched urgent appeals for donations to help survivors of Sunday's Indian Ocean earthquake disaster.

Nearly 80,000 people are confirmed killed by the waves and millions more are homeless.

Many governments and organisations - including the US, Canada, Australia, the EU and the UN - are sending aid.

The UN has warned that supplies are urgently needed to support the survivors and to try and prevent disease which, it says, could double the death toll.

The Disasters Emergency Committee - www.dec.org.uk - is an umbrella group of UK aid organisations - including ActionAid, British Red Cross, Oxfam - working to provide clean water, food and shelter to thousands.

The United Nations World Food Programme - www.wfp.org - is seeking donations to feed victims of the earthquake.

Medecins Sans Frontieres - www.msf.org - is sending aid workers to the region, focusing on medical care for survivors and displaced people after the rescue operations.

Oxfam - www.oxfam.org.uk - is providing emergency supplies, including water tanks, pumps, taps and temporary toilets for families left homeless by the floods. The charity raised £600,000 in the three days after the disaster, including £200,000 on Tuesday - the most it has raised in one day.

Islamic Relief - www.islamic-relief.com - has also launched an appeal to provide medical supplies, tents and sanitation facilities for those affected.

The United Nations Children's Fund, Unicef - www.unicef.org - is working to meet the "urgent needs of hundreds of thousands of people" affected by the tsunami disaster.

Save the Children - www.savethechildren.org.uk - has already flown a plane out to Sri Lanka carrying plastic sheeting for temporary shelter, tents to run children's services from, and essentials such as clothing and cooking utensils.

Anti-poverty organisation Care International - www.care.org - has already provided food for thousands of affected people in Sri Lanka.

Cafod, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development - www.cafod.org.uk - is working with partners across Asia to provide shelter, food aid and medical assistance, and assessing what further relief is needed.

The Islamic Aid Emergency Relief Fund - www.islamicaid.org.uk - aims to provide immediate relief and long-term support to people in the affected areas.

Another Islamic charity, Muslim Hands - www.muslimhands.org- is collecting money and sending volunteers to help in Indonesia and Malaysia.

UK residents can donate via the British Red Cross - www.redcross.org.uk - which has launched an appeal to fund supplies including blankets and cooking utensils.

Medair - www.medair.org - is providing emergency support to agencies with a long term presence in Sri Lanka and its medical experts are assessing the likelihood of malaria and diarrhoea.

World Vision - www.worldvision.org.uk - has also launched an appeal and has already delivered relief goods to thousands.

Christian Aid - www.christianaid.org.uk - has already allocated £250,000 from its emergency fund to help the victims of this disaster but says more money is needed.

Christian charity Tearfund - www.tearfund.org - and its partners in Sri Lanka and India are helping devastated fishing communities and coastal villages get back on their feet.

Concern - www.concern.net - is working with local partners to meet the needs of families in the devastated coastal villages of Tamil Nadu, the worst affected state in India.

The International Rescue Committee - www.theirc.org - is providing emergency supplies and materials to "people most affected by the crisis".

The Salvation Army - www.salvationarmy.org.uk has local teams working in a number of affected areas and is sending a team from its international headquarters on Wednesday evening.

Muslim Aid - www.muslimaid.org - has already donated £100,000 towards the purchase of food, clothing and medicine in the region but wants to raise more.

Asia Quake Relief Appeal UK, a UK-based Sri Lankan organisation, is also raising money and can be emailed at asia-quakerelief@europe.com

You can donate to all the campaigns via their websites.



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Tsunami disaster relief...
Authored by: Kool on Dec 29, '04 06:37:13PM
People from the Netherlands can donate at http://www.giro555.nl/

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Tsunami disaster relief...
Authored by: MacManX2 on Dec 29, '04 06:53:05PM
FYI
Authored by: Lectrick on Dec 29, '04 06:58:14PM

Assuming the U.S. raises its donation from 35 million to 70 million- with approx. 100,000 victims, that's 700 dollars per victim, at a cost to each U.S. taxpayer of... about a quarter.

So I thus commend our host's very generous donation!

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FYI, indeed
Authored by: daveschroeder on Jan 01, '05 12:59:21PM

http://www.nypost.com/commentary/37436.htm

As is reiterated in the above article, it pains me to even have to spell these things out in the light of such tragedy, but:

- The $35 million dollars was not, and never was, a "pledge" of total support. What it was was the US's initial reaction: it was the entire budget of USAID, the agency responsible for overseeing this type of aid. A disaster occurred, they committed their whole budget. It did not, and never did, represent the whole of US aid for this disaster; it was merely the first and initial response.

- The "pledge" has already increased to $350M, but even that does not come close to representing the aid the US will give in total.

- Over the past four years, the US has given more disaster, international development, and other such aid than ALL other nations - COMBINED (regardless of % of GDP arguments...while informative, it's somewhat insulting and irrelevant when the US's official aid in these situations already greatly surpasses that of all other nations combined.)

- There is no accounting for the fact that we have sent other intangibles to the area, such as the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier battle group. No, they don't specifically need an "aircraft carrier" - that's not the point. But the advanced communications, logistics, materiel, and administrative support that such a floating group of cities can bring to the torn region which has lost all of these has immense benefit. Not to mention, represents a commitment of hundreds of millions of dollars. But that's NOT important now; what is important is that we will provide whatever help we can.

- This completely ignores the extremely generous private donations that will come from millions of Americans. (Does EVERYTHING have to be administered by the federal government?) The parent poster apparently recognizes, and yet simultaneously doesn't recognize, this fact.

Hell, even now, aid is piling up at airports with no way to reach the people who need it. The WHO estimates that 5 million people are currently without access to the basic tools of survival.

As the article closes:

"Any rational person would have understood without having to be told what the president told the world on Wednesday morning, which is that the $35 million pledge "is only the beginning of our help."

But maybe people are looking for a sideshow to distract them from the sickening pictures and the keening cries of the untold numbers of mothers whose babies were swept away."



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Tsunami disaster relief...
Authored by: aamann on Dec 29, '04 07:00:20PM
Another very good list of agencies (at least here in the US) can be found on CNN:

http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/asiapcf/12/28/tsunami.aidsites/index.html

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The list - without CNN ads
Authored by: macmath on Dec 31, '04 01:38:37PM

I don't know about the other agencies, but I have heard often that Catholic Relief Services is among the most efficient and effective humanitarian agencies in the world. The link below from their site says that 94% of all support received going to the program and 6% for administration, Fundraising and Awareness.
(http://www.catholicrelief.org/about_us/financial_statements/chart.cfm)

Yesterday an article in the Seattle Post Intelligencer (http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apus_story.asp?category=1110&slug=Tsunami%20Catholic%20Relief) stated that CRS has pledged 25 million to tsunami/earthquake relief.



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Tsunami disaster relief...
Authored by: wgscott on Dec 29, '04 07:46:27PM

Thanks for posting this. You kicked me out of my paralysis to donate a similar amount. I donated to Oxfam.

Here is a listing from the BBC website, which provides a little bit of description of the various agencies:

Asian disaster: How to help



Global aid organisations have launched urgent appeals for donations to help survivors of Sunday's Indian Ocean earthquake disaster.

Nearly 80,000 people are confirmed killed by the waves and millions more are homeless.

Many governments and organisations - including the US, Canada, Australia, the EU and the UN - are sending aid.

The UN has warned that supplies are urgently needed to support the survivors and to try and prevent disease which, it says, could double the death toll.

The Disasters Emergency Committee - www.dec.org.uk - is an umbrella group of UK aid organisations - including ActionAid, British Red Cross, Oxfam - working to provide clean water, food and shelter to thousands.

The United Nations World Food Programme - www.wfp.org - is seeking donations to feed victims of the earthquake.

Medecins Sans Frontieres - www.msf.org - is sending aid workers to the region, focusing on medical care for survivors and displaced people after the rescue operations.

Oxfam - www.oxfam.org.uk - is providing emergency supplies, including water tanks, pumps, taps and temporary toilets for families left homeless by the floods. The charity raised £600,000 in the three days after the disaster, including £200,000 on Tuesday - the most it has raised in one day.

Islamic Relief - www.islamic-relief.com - has also launched an appeal to provide medical supplies, tents and sanitation facilities for those affected.

The United Nations Children's Fund, Unicef - www.unicef.org - is working to meet the "urgent needs of hundreds of thousands of people" affected by the tsunami disaster.

Save the Children - www.savethechildren.org.uk - has already flown a plane out to Sri Lanka carrying plastic sheeting for temporary shelter, tents to run children's services from, and essentials such as clothing and cooking utensils.

Anti-poverty organisation Care International - www.care.org - has already provided food for thousands of affected people in Sri Lanka.

Cafod, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development - www.cafod.org.uk - is working with partners across Asia to provide shelter, food aid and medical assistance, and assessing what further relief is needed.

The Islamic Aid Emergency Relief Fund - www.islamicaid.org.uk - aims to provide immediate relief and long-term support to people in the affected areas.

Another Islamic charity, Muslim Hands - www.muslimhands.org - is collecting money and sending volunteers to help in Indonesia and Malaysia.

UK residents can donate via the British Red Cross - www.redcross.org.uk - which has launched an appeal to fund supplies including blankets and cooking utensils.

Medair - www.medair.org - is providing emergency support to agencies with a long term presence in Sri Lanka and its medical experts are assessing the likelihood of malaria and diarrhoea.

World Vision - www.worldvision.org.uk - has also launched an appeal and has already delivered relief goods to thousands.

Christian Aid - www.christianaid.org.uk - has already allocated £250,000 from its emergency fund to help the victims of this disaster but says more money is needed.

Christian charity Tearfund - www.tearfund.org - and its partners in Sri Lanka and India are helping devastated fishing communities and coastal villages get back on their feet.

Concern - www.concern.net - is working with local partners to meet the needs of families in the devastated coastal villages of Tamil Nadu, the worst affected state in India.

The International Rescue Committee - www.theirc.org - is providing emergency supplies and materials to "people most affected by the crisis".

The Salvation Army - www.salvationarmy.org.uk has local teams working in a number of affected areas and is sending a team from its international headquarters on Wednesday evening.

Muslim Aid - www.muslimaid.org - has already donated £100,000 towards the purchase of food, clothing and medicine in the region but wants to raise more.

Asia Quake Relief Appeal UK, a UK-based Sri Lankan organisation, is also raising money and can be emailed at asia-quakerelief@europe.com

You can donate to all the campaigns via their websites.

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/south_asia/4131881.stm

Published: 2004/12/29 12:09:18 GMT

© BBC MMIV




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Tsunami disaster relief...
Authored by: paperandglue on Dec 29, '04 08:02:17PM
Thanks for the kick in the pants.
Authored by: shavenyak on Dec 29, '04 08:39:40PM
I'm giving, too. I'm going to try to make contributions monthly over the next few months, because I'm sure all the relief organizations will get flooded at first and then be short of cash flow later. I haven't seen anyone else mention the American Friends Service Committee, that's who my money is going through.

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Tsunami disaster relief...
Authored by: gshenaut on Dec 29, '04 09:43:30PM
It might be worth considering the overhead of the various charitable organizations--charities with low overhead generally get a higher percentage of each donation to their beneficiaries. One place to look, mostly for American charities, is here.

My personal choice was the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Greg Shenaut

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Tsunami disaster relief...
Authored by: Jwink3101 on Dec 29, '04 10:01:37PM

Does anybody know of an organization that would take a donation through PayPal? Thanks



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Tsunami disaster relief...
Authored by: kikan on Dec 30, '04 03:00:09AM

Proporta provides a way to donate via Paypal: http://www.proporta.com/

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donations.paypal.com
Authored by: avonterr on Jan 02, '05 05:51:06PM

This gives a link to UNICEF donations via PayPal.



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Tsunami disaster relief...
Authored by: sdunlapa on Dec 29, '04 11:07:52PM

I sent in $100.00 with more to come.

Thanks Rob!



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Tsunami disaster relief...
Authored by: whatevrnvrmind on Dec 29, '04 11:13:26PM
If you are having trouble trying to figure out which charity is the best (or if you just want to know how the one you like is rated), check out charitynavigator.org or this quick list.

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Microsoft really needs to do the same!
Authored by: powerbookg3user0 on Dec 30, '04 12:31:27AM
Did you notice that Microsoft didn't do the same? They should, right?

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Microsoft really needs to do the same!
Authored by: janpeeters on Dec 30, '04 06:53:42AM

Well I agree that they could do something on their website, but let's not forget that Bill Gates and his wife is the most generous donator in the world.

From BusinessWeek 'Top Givers'
'The year's other billion-dollar-club members include No. 1 givers Bill and Melinda Gates, the world's largest international donors, who made history this year by giving their estimated $3 billion Microsoft Corp. dividend to their foundation. It's one of the largest donations in history by a living donor. To put it into perspective, that one gift is three times bigger than the amount that America's richest family, the descendants of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. founder Sam Walton, has given during their entire lifetimes, according to our ranking.'

(Microsoft might follow on their website as they always do when Apple invents something ;-) just give 'em some time)



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Microsoft really needs to do the same!
Authored by: feelgood on Dec 30, '04 12:51:42PM
[rant]
While they may give the most, I do not believe this should be the sole criteria for most generous. They also have the most to give from. In fact, the amount they give makes absolutely no impact on their life at all. It didn't even cost them to drop in the rankings of the wealthiest people. I don't consider it very generous if it doesn't make any difference to the giver. And I'm not the only one.
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Microsoft really needs to do the same!
Authored by: raider on Dec 30, '04 01:17:04PM
Microsoft != Bill and Melinda Gates

No doubt the Gates family will be giving a large amount. (I would argue they could give more, because I already have given a larger percentage of my income than the Gates ever will, and they would still have a nice house and all that...).

But the deal is that Microsoft, the company, has obscene amounts of cash - and should be donating (and might be, we don't know yet) a large chunk of money.

Just like I would not think that Steve Jobs is off the hook if Apple gives money. Humanitarianism is EVERYONE's responsibility. That's why it has "HUMANITY" as a root. :)

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Microsoft really needs to do the same!
Authored by: pkrug on Dec 30, '04 01:50:37PM

This is one case where flooding the area with free versions of Windows ain't gonna cut it. M$ needs to get the $ out!



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Microsoft really needs to do the same!
Authored by: ozzyrules on Dec 30, '04 05:06:53PM

Bill and his wife have donated 3 million.



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Microsoft really needs to do the same!
Authored by: powerbookg3user0 on Dec 30, '04 10:54:14PM

I don't know if this is true, but I heard that the Gates donate money for the tax reducements. Hmmm... Andy one have some ideas?

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Microsoft really needs to do the same!
Authored by: sdunlapa on Dec 31, '04 05:45:09AM

That's the way it is with pretty much anybody who gives away multiple thousands, hundred thousands and millions. They need the tax write off.



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Microsoft really needs to do the same!
Authored by: sdunlapa on Dec 31, '04 05:46:08AM

That's the way it is with pretty much anybody who gives away multiple thousands, hundreds of thousands and millions. They need the tax write off.



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Microsoft really needs to do the same!
Authored by: ozzyrules on Dec 31, '04 10:46:29AM

STOP! You are detracting from the message here. This is serious.



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Microsoft really needs to do the same!
Authored by: pookah on Jan 01, '05 01:56:43PM

t'is true... was on the TV several nights ago. One of the news shows was talking about the major corporations who had immediately responded. I don't remember the top two, but Bill & Melissa were the third most generous.

fwiw - I gave thru Oxfam. They are not tied to US "politics"

and an interesting comment on this situation at JoyofTech... might make some reflect on where our (US) country has spent way too much $ and concern
http://www.joyoftech.com/joyoftech/index.html



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Tsunami disaster relief...
Authored by: dave2003 on Dec 30, '04 01:57:51AM

Apple Store Finland links to Red Cross (Finland) http://www.redcross.fi/ for donations from Finnish banks on-line.



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Tsunami disaster relief...
Authored by: sao on Dec 30, '04 04:23:44AM

Rob,

You show us the way to go with your humanity and generosity.

Made me proud of being part of such a great community.

Thanks!



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Tsunami disaster relief...
Authored by: Baggins on Dec 30, '04 09:10:03AM

An excellent charity is LDS Humanitarian Aid. Staff are volunteer church members or paid from member tithes; 100 percent of all donation money goes directly to those in need.

You can donate here:

LDS Humanitarian Aid

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one sticking point with LDS
Authored by: mzs on Dec 30, '04 10:43:12AM

Many countries with predominantly Muslim populations have very unhealthy relationships with the LDS Church, their charities, and Mormon missionaries. It is unfortunate, but because in those countries (unfortunately the examples I know of for a fact are in the Middle East and I don't know about predominantly Muslim countries in the affected area such as Malaysia) the government does not take well to the missionaries coming and proselytizing while doing the good works that they do, that it has become down right dangerous for the LDS to go to those areas. Because of this the LDS has a reasonable policy of not going into countries where the government or populace would be likely to react violently to missionary work.

Again I do not know the relationship of the Malay people to the LDS Church, but I would worry that if you give to the LDS, sure that money would be redistributed to almost 100%, but it may all go to predominantly Buddhist areas like Sri Lanka (and maybe not even the Hindu Tamils in Sri Lanka, but that is an entirely different problem, just simply not safe to go there) and it looks like the bulk of foreign aid is already headed that way as it is.



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one sticking point with LDS
Authored by: Baggins on Dec 30, '04 12:41:06PM

I think you're confusing the LDS with another Christian sect. Mormons and Muslims have a pretty cordial relationship. The LDS church is already working with several Muslim organizations in Indonesia at this moment to begin coordinating relief.

Local missionaries may be asked to help distribute supplies, but they won't proseletyze, it isn't the time or the place for such things.



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one sticking point with LDS
Authored by: Baggins on Dec 30, '04 12:43:56PM

Additionally, Mormon missionaries never go into a country where they don't have formal permission from the government to do so. Again, I think you're confusing them with some other sects. But if you are uncomfortable giving to LDS Humanitarian Aid, then feel free to choose another charity.



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one sticking point with LDS
Authored by: melvinwalker on Dec 30, '04 02:40:56PM

I don't know how the countries may be prioritized by LDS humanitarian aid, but I do know that the LDS church has given money many times in the past to other organizations, like the Red Cross, where that other organization is better able to help in a certain area.

The only qualification the LDS church seems to use for their humanitarian projects is where the money is most needed and can be used most efficiently.

But, like others have said, donating somewhere is better than not donating at all.



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Tsunami disaster relief...
Authored by: disinfor on Dec 30, '04 09:46:29AM

You can visit this site to see how charities rate:

http://www.charitywatch.org

This will help give a baseline so you don't send your money to an organization that can't get it to the victims.

-Chris



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Tsunami disaster relief...
Authored by: danielacroft on Dec 30, '04 09:47:07AM

You inspired me to donate Rob. Thanks for putting this on your site.

If people don't think this should be on the site then they shouldn't be here.

Dan



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Tsunami disaster relief...
Authored by: salvin on Dec 30, '04 11:44:08AM

Rob,

Thanks for posting these links. Your generosity inspired my donation to Doctors Without Borders. It is nice to be part of such a great community.

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Tsunami disaster relief...
Authored by: sfernandes on Dec 30, '04 01:40:21PM

Rob, May you (and others who donated) be rewarded for your thoughtfullness and compassion!



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Tsunami disaster relief...
Authored by: Anonymous on Dec 30, '04 02:16:49PM

If you live in Germany and would like to donate, visit<p>
www.tagesschau.de<p>
for a list of agencies.

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PayPal/EBay Donations
Authored by: newbish on Dec 30, '04 04:00:56PM
PayPal/EBay has set up a web page where one can send donations to various charities via PayPal:

http://pages.ebay.com/tsunamirelief/index.html

One can also use this site to auction off items and have the money donated to a selected charity.

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PayPal/EBay Donations: WARNING!!
Authored by: newbish on Dec 30, '04 04:11:32PM

My apologies, I got ahead of myself with my previous post. PayPal/Ebay set up a web page on their web site listing various charities, but as far as I can tell, none of these charities take PayPal donations.

I had assumed that since PayPal was linking to this page, that they had set up some sort of arrangement to get anonymous donations to various charities.

Again, I apologize for the misinformation



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Tsunami disaster relief...UK Donations
Authored by: wuf810 on Dec 30, '04 05:32:07PM

All UK donations should go via the umbrella organisation:

<a href="http://www.dec.org.uk">www.dec.org.uk</a>



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Tsunami disaster relief...UK Donations
Authored by: wuf810 on Dec 30, '04 05:34:14PM
and now in HTML www.dec.org.uk

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Tsunami disaster relief...
Authored by: didilodo on Dec 31, '04 07:32:20AM
I also took the duty and donated for the victims at red cross. Besides that I try to help people to find each other, there for I created a simple web application where people can post there missing once or if somebody was directly affect say hello I'm alive. To make this work the site need to be known. So if you think that this is a good utility please help to spread the word.

You can find the site at http://find.lcc.ch/index.thtml/en/

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Tsunami disaster relief...
Authored by: hsinha on Dec 31, '04 10:02:47AM
Another good website to donate with a 4-star charity rating is AID.

AID India

There are also updates about the how this AID agency is using the funds in tsunami effected areas in India.

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Nazarene Compassionate Ministries
Authored by: rmessnerjr on Jan 01, '05 01:59:31PM

Most of the organizations mentioned already in this topic are in place in this region and began responding within moments. They need your donation. Find one that's close to you and ask what's needed.

I belong to the Church of the Nazarene. This is where my donation is going. From the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries website:

Within hours of the disaster, NCM local field workers in India were mobilized to respond. Drinking water, food, mats, and clothes were assembled for distribution. In Sri Lanka, several hundred people have fled to the Nazarene Church in Puttalam, where similar relief efforts are being put in place. The humanitarian situation is immense, with the most urgent need being clean water and food.

During the last three years NCM South Asia has trained over 100 leaders in disaster relief. Tens of thousands of Nazarenes, including medical personnel at the Nazarene hospital in Washim, are prepared to assist in relief efforts as supplies can be provided. "In a crisis of this immensity," said World Mission Director Dr. Louie Bustle, "We are so thankful that we already have a built-in distribution system through NCM in the local churches. Let's do our part in helping them, and in praying for God's grace to sustain our brothers and sisters as they work tirelessly to bring help and hope to the victims of this massive disaster."

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Canadians!!! Read this, then donate!
Authored by: rajoftherings on Jan 02, '05 01:09:20PM

Canadians should try to donate through one of the local Canadian sites of the following organizations, so that the Federal Government matches (dollar for dollar!) any donations made.....

<quote>

Government of Canada to match donations from Canadians to tsunami disaster



(2004-68) News Release
December 30, 2004


Ottawa — The Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation, announced today that the Government of Canada will match on a one-to-one basis donations from Canadians to the tsunami relief efforts.

"Canadians have responded with great generosity," said Minister Carroll. "By matching donations, I hope that Canadians will give even more to help the victims of this unprecedented disaster."

The Government will match donations made by individual Canadians to Canadian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) already involved in responding to the disaster. These include the Canadian Red Cross, CARE Canada, OXFAM, World Vision, UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders and Save the Children. Donations will be matched retroactive to December 26, 2004, the date of the earthquake and tsunamis. The program will be reassessed following the UN donors' conference which will take place on January 11, 2005.

Matching funds will initially be drawn from the allocation of $40 million announced Wednesday by Prime Minister Paul Martin. The matching will be based on proposals submitted by participating NGOs to the international humanitarian assistance section of the Canadian International Development Agency, in accordance with the regular guidelines governing responsive programming in the area of humanitarian assistance. Any additional funds required under the matching policy would be made available from within the fiscal framework. There is no ceiling on the amount of donations the government will match.

</quote>

Try msf.ca or redcross.ca

Thanks!



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Tsunami disaster relief...
Authored by: chickmagnet on Jan 02, '05 02:36:52PM

The LDS Humanitarian Services aren't in anyway proselytizing. There is no secret agenda to the humanitarian aid given, I would guess that most of the people that receive the aid won't have any idea about the connection with the church. I think the point to donating here is that 100% of your donations go directly to the victims, no administrative costs and it is very efficient at sending relief.



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Authored by: tinker on Jan 02, '05 03:20:24PM

Let me offer another suggestion. I don't know what the next few weeks and months are going to look like over there -- probably pretty ugly, if some of the projections of disease etc. are anywhere near the mark. In situations like this, blood is of vital importance and is often harder to come by than money. If you haven't done so in the last eight weeks, roll up your sleeve and head to your local blood bank. Even better, go with a friend or two.



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Authored by: anadem on Jan 02, '05 06:20:38PM

Thank you so much for doing this.

>> As is probably the case with most of you, I'm struggling to come to grips with the loss of life and destruction from the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami.<<

The statistics from the tsunami are appalling, and the geographic spread of destruction unequalled, but the disaster in Darfur involves almost similar numbers of people!

It's truly horrendous that the world tunes out the immense suffering of so many people for so long. When you donate to help with the aftermath of the tsunami, please remember the other ongoing tragedies too, and continue to support aid agencies on a long-term basis.



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Authored by: clintonogamy on Jan 02, '05 08:11:52PM

The United Methodist Committee on Relief is also offering ways to donate...
http://umcor.org



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Authored by: payrolldude on Jan 03, '05 12:08:36AM

I can't afford this. I have taxes due, I have new equipment to buy, my daughter just had major surgery and there are more followup tests to run. I was in the hospital today because of an accident. I can't afford to give to someone on the other side of this planet, who happens to be in a much worse situation than I am in. Oops. Egg in my face. A check just went to Foursquare Missions International
http://fmi.foursquare.org/
Yep, a check, because my credit cards are all maxed out.



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Authored by: ether on Jan 04, '05 05:27:08PM

Rob,

Thanks for the whack on the side of the head to get off dead centre. We sent $1K to AmeriCares, which we'd never heard of (!) till it showed up here.

Happier New Year.



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Authored by: seromlig5 on Mar 10, '05 02:06:11AM

My Sri Lankan wife, Shelvi, and I have worked among Afghan refugees in Pakistan with the nonprofit Shelter Now International for over 20 years. We have raised $120,000 to start a children's home in Sri Lanka for tsunami orphans. This will be a long-term work and we'd greatly appreciate donations for monthly expenses. Please contact us at seromlig5@comcast.net for more info.

Thanks,

Greg Gilmore

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