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Tsunami Relief Addresses

1-11 First time visitors, updates are added to the top, so scroll down for more addresses.

Update on Dalits and new address. For those who are unaware, Dalits are people who are considered "untouchable" by some in India. While there have been some legislative initiatives since independence, the facts on the ground, and in government offices, lag somewhat.

.."About four days back police severely beat up and then arrested a dalit for taking rice from an aid agency. They even demolished what was left of his house..."

Deutsche Presse-Agentur via


From Dalits.org WSF contact page:





PH: 022 26117868

You can contact them about donating to the orgs listed in the update below, also from Dalits.org. I have just pasted excerpts, you can click the link and read the whole report.

The situation of Dalits:

They are discriminated in the Camp sites

The fisher people chase Dalits from the Camps.

The entire attention of the Goverment and other organisations is towards the Fishing community only.

The Ex - gratia payment to the kith and kin of the deceased, are not given to Dalit families.

The fisher people did not allow the dalits to get the relief measures either from the Government or from the philantherapists.

The restoration of Drinking water, road, public health and communication has been started only in the fihser area and Dalits area is discriminated.

Cleaning of the area is done to Fishing area only and Dalilt colonies yet to get these services.

Manual scangers -Dalits only - from adjacent Corporations and Municipalities are brought in to the affected areas to remove carcasses and debris

They were not given even gloves and masks to protect themselves during the time of their work -They are not provided with any Government previleges for this additional and filthy job

Their health and hygiene was not taken care of by the Government Agencies

Philantherapic organisations and Associations.
Specific Networks which are active in this Relief work at the moment, which are close to NCDHR

(CAN - Coastal Action Net work in Nagapattinam, the worst affected area- Not very much close to NCDHR)
HRFDL- Human Rights Foundation for Dalit Liberation- Operating among Dalits in 10 Northern-affected- Districts
DASC-Dalit Action for Social Change- Operating among Dalits in 4 Southern -affected-Districts
NESA - New Entity for Social Action- Operating in many parts of Tamilnadu-Both Dalits and Non Dalits
Tamilnadu Coordination Committee for Tsunami Relief and Rehabilitaion - NGO Coalition in Tamilnadu
Several Co-ordinations have been formed within the last few days to take up several activities.


Indonesia's military on Tuesday imposed tough restrictions on foreign tsunami-relief workers whom it said were in danger of attack by rebels in Aceh, throwing aid efforts into further disarray.

The military said it could not guarantee safety from guerrillas fighting a long-running separatist war in Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, and foreign missions outside Banda Aceh would need permission from the military.

Further measures would see Indonesian military liaison officers posted on all foreign planes and ships delivering aid in Aceh, armed forces chief General Sutarto said.


The Acheh National Armed Forces (TNA) guarantees the safety and free access to all part of Acheh for the international aid workers. We understand that Indonesian Colonial government has issued a warning to international aid workers that it cannot guarantee their safety. It is only a move by the Indonesian colonial who is at tremendous anxiety with the presence of international aid workers and military to scare them away. Attempts have been made for this purpose such as random fire of weapon in the city, dispatching false news about our forces has engaged in harassments of aid delivery. This falsification of news and other hassles by the colonial authority to aid workers and aid distribution have only one goal: to scare away international workers from Acheh. They do not like international involvement in Acheh.

TNA Commander in-Chief
Muzakkir Manaf

1-10 Tabung Bantuan Korban Tsunami Acheh

Acheh Nederland Solidariteit

Acheh Support Group-Wellington. NZ

Islamic Relief Aid for Victims of Southern Asia Earthquake

Acheh Eye is a good source for news updates on the situation in Aceh.

1-7 http://tsunamihelp.blogspot.com continues to be the place to go for updates.

Another good one is http://indonesiahelp.blogspot.com/2004/12/aid-support-for-quake-and-tsunami-in.html
Volunteers are requested to visit http://tsunamihelpneeded.blogspot.com/ for information on where help is needed.

Aid organisations are requested to visit http://tsunamihelpoffered.blogspot.com/ for list of volunteers (please view posts as well as comments). Use the search facility extensively.

Also visit http://progressivetsunamihelp.blogspot.com/

Murugeshan and his family of four have been living on the streets in Nambiarnagar. That’s why like 31 other families, they have been thrown out of relief camps. That’s why they are hounded out of schools they have sneaked into, they are pushed to the rear of food and water lines, given leftovers, not allowed to use toilets or even drink water provided by a UN agency. That’s why some NGOs are setting up separate facilities for them. Because they are all Dalits.

They are survivors from 63 damaged villages—30 of them flattened—all marooned in their own islands, facing the brunt of a majority of fishermen who are from the Meenavar community—listed in official records as Most Backward Class (MBC)—for whom Dalits are still untouchable.
The Indian Express toured the camps to find an old story of caste hatred being replayed in camp after camp:
• In the GVR Marriage Hall Relief Camp, Dalits cannot drink water from tanks put up by UNICEF. The Meenavars say they ‘‘pollute’’ the water.
• In the Nallukadai Street Relief Camp, a Meenavar Thalaivar, or leader, grabbed all cartons of glucose biscuits delivered by a Coimbatore NGO. The Dalits were told: these are not for you.
• At Puttur Relief Camp, the Meenavars have hoarded family relief kits, rice packets, new clothes and other relief material. When the Dalits asked for some, they paid a heavy price—they had to spend the night on the road.
• At the Neelayadatchi Temple Camp, Dalits are not allowed inside the temple, especially when rice and cash doles are being handed out.
• Dalits from three villages taking shelter at Ganapati cinema hall in Tharambagadi are thrown out every night because the Meenavar fisherwomen say they did not ‘‘feel safe’’ falling sleep with Dalits around.
• So 32 ostracised Dalit families took shelter in the GRM girls’ school in Thanjavur. But four days ago, even the school asked them to vacate saying it was due to re-open.
Those doing the discriminating brush all this aside. Says Chellayya, a Meenavar fisherman at a Tharambagadi camp: ‘‘These Dalits have been playing mischief, going back to the villages and looting houses. That’s why we don’t want them around here.’’
To which Dalit activist K Darpaya says: ‘‘What’s left in the houses for Dalits to take? And where will they keep the loot even if we assume they have taken something? In the relief camps? On the road side?’’...

‘‘They will look into the problem and report back on what can be done to put an end to this. We certainly do not discriminate but if the fishermen themselves are doing it because of their local status, what can the government do?’’ says Nayar.

Talk to some of the victims and instead of bitterness and anger, there is grief and helplessness.
‘‘In Nagapattinam, three relief camps we went to denied us shelter saying they had no space. At the Nataraja Damayanti high school, the watchman refused to let us in,’’ says Murugeshan....

Several NGOs which noticed the problem raised the issue during their meeting with District Collector M Veerashanmugha Moni. ‘‘But no one is willing to take up the matter at the field level as this could complicate things.
http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=62212 via

Since the morning of 26 December, shortly after news of the tsunami and the destruction it delivered was first broadcast to the world, People’s Watch – Tamil Nadu has been contributing to the ongoing relief efforts: both in the form of direct assistance to victims in coastal communities and coordination of the many other organizations eager to join the relief effort.

From 26 to 28 December, PWTN volunteers conducted Rapid Impact Assessments in nine coastal districts to gauge the extent of the devastation and identify the most dire community needs in the immediate aftermath of the tidal wave. This initial estimate put the number of homes demolished at more than 20,000 and the number of fishing vessels destroyed at nearly 12,000, alongside the 6,000 dead. A second Rapid Impact Assessment is currently underway, with eighteen PWTN teams dispatched to all ten effected districts to survey the damage not only to human life but also to long-term livelihood provision and basic amenities such as water, sanitation, and healthcare facilities.

Simultaneously, staff at PWTN headquarters are preparing packets containing fifteen days’ rations for some 2,000 families across Tamil Nadu. These bundles contain staples such as potatoes, onions, cooking oil, salt, saffron powder, tamarind, and tea as well as mats, clothing, blankets, and cooking vessels, donated by People’s Watch as well as its partners DanChurch Aid, Friedrich Naumann Stiftung, Bread for the World, Misereor, and Friends of Sweden. Recipient families are being identified by members of the Campaign Against Torture (CAT) who have been deployed in their local districts in support of the relief effort.

People’s Watch has also played a significant leadership role in the formation of the Tsunami Relief and Rehabilitation Coordination for Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry (TRRC), a collaboration of many concerned organizations seeking to ensure that aid is delivered as quickly and effectively as possible within the State and Union Territories (www.trrcindia.org). In the early days of the crisis, PWTN organized volunteer accommodations in four zones throughout Tamil Nadu and it continues to help shape the agenda for coordination among all those working on behalf of victims.

Donations to the People’s Watch relief effort may be made by sending contributions to the following account:

Account name: Centre for the Promotion of Social Concerns

Account number: SB 20368

Bank code: 018

Swift code: IOBAINBB001

Bank name: Indian Overseas Bank

Bank address: Kamala 2nd Street, Chokkikulam, Madurai 625 002, INDIA

FCRA no.: 075940138

The relief material that are being properly packed and loaded from the office of People's Watch – Tamil Nadu to the affected villages in Kancheepuram, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Tuticorin and Kanyakumari are as follows :

Rice pot with lid
1 set

Sambar pot with lid
1 set

2 Nos.
Chilly powder

2 Nos.

2 Nos.

1 No.
Palmolin oil

Water pot with lid
1 set

Plastic mat
1 No.
Turmeric power

Saree, Blouse piece & in-skirt
2 sets

Lungi & Towel
2 sets
Sambar powder

Bed sheet
1 No.
Power soap

1 No.

5 kgs.
Lifebuoy soap

1 No.

5 kgs
Tiger Biscuit

5 pkts.

25 kgs.
Tooth powder

1 pkt.

Those of you who have these materials for distribution are kindly requested to contact us.


No 6 ,Vallabai Road, Chokkikulam, Madurai-625002, Tamil Nadu, India.
Tel : 91-452-2539520 Fax : 91-452-2531874 Email : info@pwtn.org

TRO initiates trauma counseling project for tsunami affected

[TamilNet, January 06, 2005 14:02 GMT]
Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) in collaboration with the North East Provincial Ministry of Education, Cultural Affairs, Sports and Youth Affairs has launched a project to provide trauma counseling to students and others who are affected by the Tsunami disaster, TRO sources in Kilinochchi said.
TRO has deployed six teams to visit welfare centres to identify and collect details of the psychologically affected children, women and others who urgently need counselling in the northeast province, sources said

TRO representatives met with Mr.R.Thiakalingam, Provincial Education Ministry Secretary at the latter's office and held discussion regarding the survey of identifying students and others, sources said.

Mr.Thiagalinkam assured fullest co-operation of his ministry for the success of this project.

Members of the eight teams are on field visit in areas affected by Tsunami and are distributing forms to local volunteers to gather information to formulate a comprehensive counselling programme, TRO sources said.

Reproduction of this news item is allowed when used without
any alterations to the contents and the source, TamilNet, is mentioned


Among the problems facing doctors trying to cope with Aceh's tsunami victims, Brisbane surgeon Peter Sharwood had a pretty simple request.

"We'd like some surgical instruments, some surgical gowns and some masks, because we still have none of them. We need the gowns because that's what protects us."

Dr Sharwood is a member of the 28-strong Australian team that has spent the past week working in the only two hospitals in Banda Aceh that are still able to treat the massive number of injuries.

Then there were no beds at the airport, but the fire brigade had tents which they all slept in while they waited to get to town.

They discovered another problem, the cries of patients treated by the Indonesian colleagues who, Dr Alan Garner from Careflight said were "not keen on anaesthetics".

1-5 Free the Children

The following two are working on getting new fishing boats built for people who lost theirs!

American Refugee Committee


A couple more watchdog orgs:

BBB Wise Giving Alliance
American Institute of Philanthropy

1-4 From Aceh Eye:

The need for humanitarian assistance is now even greater than before. A donation from you, no matter how small, would be very much appreciated by the children and people of Aceh. Feel free to let us have your email address and we will keep you up to date with how the money is being spent and the current situation in the province.

For further information please contact:


You can deposit donations directly into the following bank account. But if you live outside Australia, please contact: info@eyeonaceh.org for details of local groups. The account details in Australia are as follows:

Aceh Humanitarian Assistance Fund (AHAF)
Acc. No. 10096013
BSB 06 71 04
Commonwealth Bank
University of Tasmania
Churchill Avenue

Here are the urls of some more places to donate.

Muslim Hands


Islamic Aid





1-3 The sites below have useful information about lots of organizations, including how much of your donation goes to administrative costs, etc.




Here are some more addresses:

Islamic World Relief

Doctors of the World

ICNA Relief has established Indonesia , India & Seri Lanka Relief Fund to help injured people & homeless families for emergency relief to provide food, medicine, clothes, tents & other urgently needed supplies
or call
Toll Free 1-866-637-4357

http://www.eelam.com/ has updates on the situation in Tamil Elam, and a note referring donors to TRO, http://www.troonline.org/en/ address already mentioned here, their page has an appeal press release up today.

12-31 Note to first time visitors: I am adding updates on the top, scroll down for addresses posted previously.

WFP has probably already been mentioned, but a piece in Xinhua reminded me that they are in Somalia. Camel Milk has some updates on events there, but I didn't find any addresses. You can email the admins, but I expect they are referring people to OCHA (UN) and WFP

There are still thousands of people missing from the affected areas, and from all over the world. Please visit ASNLF has an update on conditions in various provinces of Aceh and this note and address:

We have formed humanitarian assitance posts for the Acheh earthquake victims in Jakarta, and tomorrow some friends from Jakarta will travel to Medan, Banda Acheh, Sigli, North Acheh, Bireuen, East Acheh, and West Acheh to form posts there.

For more information please contact:

Email: sirareferendum@hotmail.com

Here's an update with some more. Also check local Mosques, Buddhist and Hindu temples in your area. The alertnet link with the original addresses died, but the addresses are still here.

http://tsunamihelp.blogspot.com is updated frequently and will have some more.

151 Ellis Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Oxfam America
26 West Street
Boston, MA 02111-1206

Doctors Without Borders
PO Box 2247
New York, NY 10116-2247

247 West 37th Street, Suite 1201
New York, N.Y. 10018
212-967-7800 x108

45 West 36th Street, 10th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10018

International Response Fund
P.O. Box 37243
Washington, D.C. 20013

Tsunami Emergency
P.O. Box 17090
Baltimore, Md. 21203-7090

27 South La Patera Lane
Santa Barbara, Calif. 93117

Earthquake/Tsunami Relief
1919 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 300
Santa Monica, Calif. 90404

South Asia Tsunami Relief
Box 321
847A Second Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10017
212-687-6200 ext. 851

Southeast Asia Earthquake Response
Dept. W
P.O. Box 2669
Portland, Ore. 97208

8320 Melrose Avenue, Suite 200 Los Angles, Calif. 90069

Asia Earthquake/Tidal Wave Relief Fund
54 Wilton Road
Westport, Conn. 06880

Southeast Asia Earthquake Emergency
P.O. Box 6098
Burbank, Calif. 91510

LankaPage is collecting funds to send for the disaster relief in Sri Lanka. These funds will be distributed to the neediest as soon as we (LankaPage) make appropriate arrangements in Sri Lanka. Please make your generous donation by clicking this button.

Alternatively you can send a check payable to "Disaster Relief Fund”, C/O LankaPage to: LankaPage.com, 616 Lagrange Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906, USA.


Bharati/Manohar/Hari (AID office -
Ravishankar (IIT Prof) (94440-84910),
Chandra Anil (9382330752,
Smitha Kalyani (98401-73800)
Vibha Ravindran
Balaji Sampath (94440-61033, 28350403(O))

Mercy Corps
http://www.mercycorps.org/donate/ - for immediate donations online

http://www.mercycorps.org/arabic/ - for those more fluent in Arabic


Mercy Malaysia

Red Cross/Crescent go to http://www.ifrc.org/helpnow/donate/donate_response.asp

The story below has a whole long list of orgs you can send to, and here is the TRO info

410/112, Buller Street
Buddhaloga Mawatha
Colombo 7

Phone: +94 11 269 32 54
Fax: +94 11 471 65 76

Contributions can be made by credit card via
JDC's website
: Box 321

847A Second Avenue

New York, NY 10017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Kirsten Hongisto, 202-667-8227 x108; khongisto@interaction.org December 27, 2004

InterAction Members Respond to those Affected by the Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Asia

Seven south Asian nations have been adversely affected by Sunday’s 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunamis (tidal waves). The world's most powerful earthquake in 40 years struck deep under the Indian Ocean off the west coast of Sumatra early Dec. 26, triggering tidal waves up to 20 feet high. Over 24,000 people have lost their lives and untold millions have been left without food, shelter and safe drinking water. InterAction member agencies, United Nations disaster assessment and country teams, and various donor governments are working together with the governments of the affected countries to assess the extent of the disaster and to prioritize emergency needs.

The InterAction members listed below are accepting contributions for assistance that they or their affiliates are providing to those affected by the earthquake and tsunamis. An updated list of agencies responding, as well as detailed information on their activities, will soon be available at www.interaction.org.

InterAction has also developed guidelines on the most appropriate ways to help those affected by overseas disasters: http://www.interaction.org/disaster/guide_giving.html.

InterAction is a coalition of more than 160 US-based private relief, international development and refugee assistance organizations. InterAction members have agreed to abide by a set of standards to ensure accountability to donors, professional competence and quality of service.

Action Against Hunger 247 West 37th Street New York, NY 10018 212-967-7800 www.actionagainsthunger.org ADRA International Asia Quake Fund 12501 Old Columbia Pike Silver Spring, MD 20904 800-424-ADRA (2372) www.adra.org Air Serv International 6583 Merchant Place, Suite 100 Warrenton, VA 20187 www.airserv.org American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc. JDC-South Asia Tsunami Relief P.O. Box 321 847A Second Avenue New York, New York 10017 212-885-0832 www.jdc.org American Jewish World Service 45 W. 36th St., 10th Fl. New York, NY 10018 212-736-2597 www.ajws.org AmeriCares 88 Hamilton Ave Stamford, CT 06902 800-486-4357 www.americares.org Baptist World Aid Asia Tidal Waves 405 North Washington Street Falls Church, VA 22046

703 790 8980 www.bwanet.org/bwaid

B'nai B'rith International B'nai B'rith Disaster Relief Fund 2020 K. Street NW 7th Floor Washington, DC 20006 212-490-3290 www.bnaibrith.org

Brother's Brother Foundation 1200 Galveston Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15233 412-321-3160 www.brothersbrother.org CARE 151 Ellis Street NE Atlanta, GA 30303 800-521-CARE www.care.org Catholic Relief Services 209 West Fayette Street Baltimore, MD 21201 800-HELP-CRS www.catholicrelief.org Christian Children’s Fund Child Alert Fund PO Box 26484 Richmond, Virginia - 23261-6484 800-776-6767 www.ChristianChildrensFund.org

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) South Asia Earthquake 2850 Kalamazoo Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI, 49560 800-55-CRWRC www.crwrc.org Church World Service PO Box 968 Elkhart, IN 46515 800-297-1516 www.churchworldservice.org Direct Relief International 27 South La Patera Lane Santa Barbara, CA 93117 805-964-4767 www.directrelief.org Food for the Hungry, Inc. Food for the Hungry Asia Quake Relief 1224 E. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85034 800-2-HUNGERS www.fh.org

International Aid 17011 W. Hickory Spring Lake, MI 49456 800-968-7490 www.internationalaid.org

International Medical Corps Tsunami Emergency Response 1919 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 300 Santa Monica, CA 90404-1950 800-481-4462 www.imcworldwide.org

International Relief Teams Asia Earthquake/Floods 3547 Camino Del Rio South, Suite C San Diego, CA 92108 619-284-7979 www.IRTeams.org International Rescue Committee PO Box 5058 Hagerstown, MD 21741-9874 877-REFUGEE or 733-8433 www.theIRC.org Latter-Day Saint Charities Welfare Services Emergency Response 50 East North Temple Street, Room 701 Salt Lake City, Utah, 84150-6800 801-240-3544 ldscharities@ldschurch.org

Lutheran World Relief South Asia Tsunami 700 Light Street Baltimore, MD 21230 410-230-2700 www.lwr.org MAP International P.O. Box 215000 Brunswick, GA 31521 800-225-8550 www.map.org Mercy Corps Southeast Asia Earthquake Dept. W PO Box 2669 Portland, OR 97208-2669 800-852-2100 www.mercycorps.org Operation USA 8320 Melrose Ave. #200 Los Angeles, CA 90069 800-678-8876 www.opusa.org Oxfam America Asian Earthquake Fund PO Box 1211 Albert Lea, MN 56007-1211 800-77-OXFAM www.oxfamamerica.org Plan USA Asia Disaster 155 Plan Way Warwick, RI 02886 800-556-7918 www.planusa.org

Project Concern International Asia Tsunamis Press List 5151 Murphy Canyon Road Suite 320 San Diego, CA 92123 858-279-9690 www.projectconcern.org

Project HOPE Asia Tsunami Response 255 Carter Hall Lane Millwood, VA 22646 800-544-4673 www.projecthope.org

SAWSO (Salvation Army World Service Office) South Asia Relief Fund 615 Slaters Lane Alexandria, VA, 22313 800-SALV-ARMY Save the Children USA 54 Wilton Road Westport, CT 06880 1-800-728-3843 www.savethechildren.org Stop Hunger Now SE Asia crisis 2501 Clark Ave, Suite 200 Raleigh, NC 27607 888-501-8440 www.stophungernow.org US Fund for UNICEF General Emergency Fund 333 E. 38th Street New York, NY 10016 800-4-UNICEF www.unicefusa.org World Concern Asia Earthquake and Tsunami 19303 Fremont Avenue North Seattle, WA 98133 800-755-5022 www.worldconcern.org

World Emergency Relief 2270-D Camino Vida Roble Carlsbad, CA 92009 760-930-8001 www.worldemergencyrelief.org World Vision P.O. Box 70288 Tacoma, WA 98481-0288 800-56-CHILD www.worldvision.org

Action Against Hunger (Dec 27, 04) Action Against Hunger has responded to the earthquake and aftershocks in south Asia by providing immediate assistance to the tsunami victims of Sri Lanka in Batticaloa, Trincomalee, and Jaffna. This includes construction of temporary latrines, trucking in water, and transportation of bodies to hospitals for identification. Assessments of need are under way in Indonesia and Burma, and more staff will arrive in the next few days to assist with relief efforts in the region. A shipment of additional emergency water and sanitation materials (water tanks, pumps and treatment supplies) will arrive in Sri Lanka within 24 hours.

ADRA International (Dec 27, 04) ADRA’s initial response has been working with one of the main hospitals in Phuket, Thailand. The situation is also being assessed in all affected countries and additional responses will be coordinated with other NGO's to prevent duplication of services and maximize resources. Donations for this reponse are being accepted under the Asia Quake Fund.

Air Serv Interational (Dec 27, 04) Air Serv has affiliates in the area around Indonesia.

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc. (Dec 27, 04) American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee will work with partners on the ground to provide emergency supplies to victims of the tsunamis in South Asia.

American Jewish World Service (Dec 27, 04) For several years, AJWS has partnered with 22 non-governmental, community-based organizations in the region on sustainable community development projects. AJWS is working with these local groups to assess needs and provide emergency relief – food, water, shelter and medicine – and long-term development support.

AmeriCares (Dec 27, 04) In response to the earthquake and tsunamis that have devastated South Asia, AmeriCares is mobilizing a major airlift to Sri Lanka and planning additional relief shipments to other affected countries including Indonesia, India, and Thailand. The emergency airlift to Sri Lanka will deliver critically needed medicines and medical supplies, personal hygiene items, and water purification treatments to provide four million liters of clean drinking water to the affected areas.

Baptist World Aid (Dec 27, 04) Baptist World Aid is receiving donations of money, preferably by check, to channel to Baptist and other Christian groups in the effected countries. Many of these agencies are already offering immediate relief to those suffering from these tsunamis. Teams of Disaster relief workers, and Search and rescue teams are on stand by.

B’Nai B’Rith International (Dec 27, 04) B'nai B'rith International will open its Disaster Relief Fund to assist with the relief effort for victims of the earthquake and tsunami victims in South Asia who have been killed or left homeless. Contributions can be made payable to B'nai B'rith Disaster Relief and sent to B'nai B'rith International, 2020 K. Street, NW, Seventh Floor, Washington, DC 20006 or via a secure served at www.bnaibrith.org.

Brother's Brother Foundation (Dec 27, 04) BBF, working with Operation USA, Sri Venkateswara Temple(Pittsburgh, PA)and others, will be offering to provide requested medications such as pediatric and adult antibiotics and drugs for malaria to those in need in India and SriLanka. BBF is requesting additional medical donations. BBF will accept medical gifts-in-kind.

CARE (Dec 27, 04) CARE is responding in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Thailand, mainly through the distribution of critical supplies.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) (Dec 27, 04) In one of the largest initial responses for emergency assistance in South and Southeast Asia, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has committed at least $500,000 to provide shelter and immediate healthcare needs to thousands devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunamis that hit the Bay of Bengal December 26. CRS and local partners immediately mobilized to the hardest hit areas of India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Indonesia. CRS response is expected to climb into the millions in order to meet emergency needs and for the subsequent rebuilding and rehabilitation of the region.

Christian Children's Fund (CCF) (Dec 27, 04) CCF is providing assistance in Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia, where emergency teams are on the ground. CCF is distributing blankets, utensils, and food. In addition, CCF will be assessing the special needs of children and will provide additional interventions. More detailed information can be found at: www.christianchildrensfund.org/donate/default.aspx?id=523

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) (Dec 27, 04) CRWRC has released $30,000 to purchase and distribute emergency food, water, and other supplies in Northern Sumatra (Indonesia), Sri Lanka, and coastal India. This response, and any additional future programming, will be carried out through CRWRC's local partners Eficor (India), the Southernpart Sumatra Christian Church (Indonesia), and the Dutch Reformed Church of Sri Lanka.

Church World Service (CWS) (Dec 27, 04) Church World Service (CWS) is undertaking a regional response to this emergency. Initially, Church World Service is responding with efforts in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India. A team of Church World Service staff members in Indonesia will be assessing the affected province of Aceh and CWS expects to provide material assistance to disaster survivors there. In Sri Lanka, Church World Service is planning to deploy an emergency assistance team from its regional office in Pakistan/Afghanistan and will be supporting efforts by the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka (NCCSL). In India, CWS supporting efforts by Church's Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA), a long-time CWS partner, which is deploying two assessment teams to travel to the affected coastal areas.

Direct Relief International (Dec 27, 04) Since 1948, Direct Relief International has worked to improve the quality of life for people in need. We focus on health by providing essential material resources to locally run health programs in poor areas around the world and during times of disaster. More detailed information can be found at: http://www.directrelief.org/sections/our_w...earthquake.html

Food for the Hungry (Dec 27, 04) Food for the Hungry is providing food, blankets, clothing & shelter as a first priority to Asia quake victims. Substantial relief will follow. To donate online: www.fh.org/main_donate To donate via phone: 1-800-2-HUNGERS. More details how FH is responding: http://www.fh.org//12-27-04 asiaquakekills20k and http://www.fh.org/relief_efforts

International Aid (Dec 27, 04) International Aid is seeking financial support to ship medical and other relief supplies to help victims of Sunday's 9.0 magnitude earthquake. Based in Michigan, the health focused Christian relief and develpment organization is responding with emergency and sustainable health care clinics for populations of 10,000. The agency has multiple clinics that can be shipped on very short notice.

International Medical Corps (IMC) (Dec 27, 04) International Medical Corps (IMC) is responding to the emergency health needs in Aceh, Indonesia. IMC is conducting an emergency assessment and preparing for the possible airlift of supplies to the region. IMC is coordinating its Indonesia relief operations with national and international disaster authorities.

International Relief Teams (IRT) (Dec 27, 04) IRT is accepting funds to help send desperately needed emergency medicines and supplies, and possibly emergency medical teams, to where they are most needed among the countries and communities most severely affected by the recent earthquake in Indonesia and subsequent flooding in neighboring countries.

International Rescue Committee (IRC) (Dec 27, 04) The International Rescue Committee has been operating relief programs in Northern Sumatra Provence of Aceh since 2001. In response to the recent tsunami, IRC's staff will respond with emergency water & sanitation interventions to prevent the spread of water-born diseases and provide emergency supplies and materials to people most affected by the crisis.

Latter-Day Saint Charities (Dec 27, 04) Latter-day Saint Charities is providing medical and other emergency relief supplies. An assessment team is traveling to the affected countries.

Lutheran World Relief (Dec 27, 04) Lutheran World Relief has released $20,000 to local partners for initial and immediate relief from the tsunamis. Funds will be used to provide up to 50,000 people with clean water and food in southern India; we are accepting funds via our "South Asia Tsunami" fund at www.lwr.org.

MAP International (Dec 27, 04) MAP International staff have begun preparing a shipment of medicines and medical supplies for the communities devasted by the tsunami on Sunday. Initial medical relief will target areas affected in Sri Lanka and Southern India. More information about MAP's response is available on the MAP web page: www.map.org

Mercy Corps (Dec 27, 04) Mercy Corps has deployed several humanitarian aid workers from its Indonesia and Sumatra field offices – in addition to a U.S.-based Global Emergency Operations team member – to visit the devastated areas and assess emergency assistance needs.

Operation USA (Dec 27, 04) Operation USA is providing funds and emergency supplies to program partners in Sri Lanka, India and Thailand.

Oxfam America (Dec 27, 04) Oxfam is working with its local partners in India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka to distribute food, water, plastic sheeting and other relief supplies.

Plan USA (Dec 27, 04) Plan USA is accepting funds for disaster relief efforts in devastated areas of India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Indonesia.

Project Concern International (PCI) (Dec 27, 04) PCI is in a unique situation to respond to the needs of villages in some of the hardest hit areas around Chennai in Tamil Nadu since local staff are there, their families are well-known locally, and PCI has an operational presence in Tamil Nadu about 300 kilometers away. PCI will work closely with its local staff and other development and relief agencies to assess the situation (both needs and resources), as well as to coordinate on a response to the most pressing needs.

Project HOPE (Dec 27, 04) Project HOPE will be responding to the disaster in south Asia with appropriate medical humanitarian assistance -- initially in Thailand, possibly in other affected countries, as need and resource and logistic questions are answered. We are seeking cash contributions from to support the shipments of medicines and medical supplies. Medical products accepted from the manufacturers as gifts-in-kind.

SAWSO (Salvation Army World Service Office) (Dec 27, 04) Salvation Army personnel are based in many of the devastated areas and from the outset Salvation Army teams have been in the forefront of offering aid and relief to the people caught up in this unexpected tragedy. Salvation Army volunteers have been feeding over 1,200 people in the Kanyakumari and Muttom areas and many Army facilities are being used to provide feeding sites and emergency shelter throughout the region. Teams of local Salvation Army assessment personnel have been dispatched to assist the government and other agencies in their efforts to determine what the most pressing needs of the affected communities are. Save the Children USA (Dec 27, 04) Save the Children, which has been operating programs in areas hardest hit by the tidal waves for 30 years, is moving quickly to meet the basic needs of children and their families in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India. Stop Hunger Now (SHN) (Dec 27, 04) SHN will be working to channel aid to several partner organizations throughout the hardest hit regions. As an immediate response, funds will be wired as they are received. If requested by implementing partners, SHN will also coordinate shipping emergency food and needed relief commodities.

U.S. Fund for UNICEF (Dec 27, 04) UNICEF is responding wherever help is needed by providing immediate relief and delivering emergency supplies. To help support UNICEF's emergency relief efforts, please visit www.unicefusa.org or call 800-4UNICEF and please specify Southeast Asia Earthquake Relief.

World Concern (Dec 27, 04) World Concern will provide emergency shelter, food, water and sanitation to Tsunami victims in southern Thailand and Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka we are working through local government agencies and churches, and providing medical support.

World Emergency Relief (Dec 27, 04) Cash and emergency commodities are being sent to Sri Lanka and Thailand. Commodities include food, new clothing and basic medical supplies. Our assessment team will secure delivery pipelines by New Year's Day. Gifts-in-Kind currently being accepted are: bulk food, over-the-counter medications, new clothing. ALL must be program appropriate for stricken region.

World Vision (Dec 27, 04) World Vision is currently has assessment teams in Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia out in the field. We has already started doing relief distributions of food and non-food items in Sri Lanka and India. World Vision expects to increase the scope of their intervention once the teams have reported back.

(the above originally appeared on Reuters Alertnet, link is gone, but the addresses are staying here).

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