Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Relief for Tsunami Victims

The INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT societies in south Asia have begun to mobilize staff and volunteers to affected areas to assist with the immediate needs. Emergency assessment and first-aid teams have already reached some of the affected areas.

Call 1-800-HELP-NOW. Contributions to the International Response Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.

RELIEF INTERNATIONAL http://www.ri.org/ If you prefer to donate by phone, please call +1 (310) 478-1200.

CARE USA http://www.careusa.org/ 1-800-422-7385

ISLAMIC RELIEF WORLDWIDE RESPONSE launched an effort to get medical supplies, tents and sanitations facilities for the victims of the earthquake. To donate, send checks to Islamic Relief, 1919 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506, call(888) 479-4968, or visit: www.irw.org

ASIA RELIEF, a Maryland based nonprofit organization, is accepting donations of nonperishable food items, clothing and toys for victims of the tsunami in Sri Lanka. Cash donations are also being accepted. To contribute, drop off donations anytime at 19409 Olive Tree Way, Gaithersburg, MD, 20879. Contact Seyed Rizwan Mowlana at 301-672-9355 for more information.

ISLAMIC CIRCLE OF NORTH AMERICA (ICNA) Relief has established an Indonesia, India & Sri Lanka Relief Fund to provide food, medicine, clothes, tents & other urgently needed supplies. To donate, visit www.ReliefOnLine.org or send checks to 166-26 89th Ave Jamaica, NY 11432, Tel.718-68-7028.

CARE Australia teams from Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India and Thailand are traveling to affected areas to gauge the impact of the disaster. Donations can be made through the CARE Australia website (www.careaustralia.org.au) or by phoning 1-800-020-046.

ALSO: The United Nations group UNICEF said Monday it was sending a team of experts to assess damage and how to mobilize relief to the region. Mercy Corps, an international coalition of humanitarian agencies based in Portland, Oregon, also said it was accepting financial aid for tsunami victims. Donations to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are being accepted at its Web site. Doctors Without Borders said it is getting ready to bring help to the region. Its Web site also has a place to provide donations. (http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org)

All Local Consulates of Affected Countries Are Also Accepting Donations.


If you don't have money to send, don't worry about it. Be sure, however, to pray for the victims and their families.


Blogger baj said...

wow, great compilation of links. thx for making it easy for people who want to help. :)

6:08 AM  
Blogger karrvakarela said...

Assalamualaikum baji. I'm afraid I had nothing to do with collecting the links. Somebody sent me them as an email. Just doing the necessary.

9:58 AM  
Blogger baj said...

it's still commendable that you posted it on yr blog and informed others. tell ya what. add that amazon.com is also accepting donations and then you will have contributed to the list! :)

1:36 PM  
Blogger yasmine said...

jazakAllah khayr for the list, bro.

1:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hve seen no dollar or any other kind of financial aid amountgiven by the Nations of Islam. These people are in the main, members of the Islamic Religion. Their miseries are part and parcel of this religion, yet when the financial aid amounts are listed, few of them quote dollar amounts in aid, or aid from charities. Does the rest of the world consistently have to pay for the Islamic inability to care for their people, so that they live in squalor and hoplessness? The poor of these affected countries are Muslim. Now is the time for Islamic charities and countries to show their true colors.

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There seems to be a great hullahballou about the small amount of financial aid being given to the tsunami relief fund by western nations. Yet, try as hard as I know how, I can find absolutely nothing to indicate that the Islamic nations of the world, of whose faith the majority of the victims were, have contributed even one cent towards aid and relief. Most Islamic countries, as I understand it, are far richer than western countries. Do they just expect the western world to pay the shot while they continue to bite the hand of those who help them?

4:19 PM  
Blogger karrvakarela said...

Anonymous: I think it was two or three days after the tsunami that I happened to visit the Faculty of Medicine at the UAE University. Right by the entrance there was a huge pile, several feet high, of relief items collected by the students for sending out to the disaster areas. It wasn't reported in the local newspapers.

Islamic teaching requires that when charity or aid be given, it be done in a manner so that "the left hand does not know what the right has given," ie, invisibly. I cannot speak for governments but people all over the UAE are doing whatever they can to contribute to the relief efforts. Whether through their own wishes, or simply common decency that dictates it inappropriate to look for personal glory in another's suffering, they do not make the headlines.

Secondly, this isn't just a Muslim or a South Asian disaster. It's a human calamity. Yes, the people who died may have been Muslims or South Asians but they were human beings and in that way no different from anybody else. Please don't trivialise the issue by applying political labels to the dead. We all know that it could just as well have been us and our loved ones. The fact that the response to the event has been so rapid and forthcoming implies that people understand and grieve for humanity, not just South Asians or Muslims, or Buddhists or Hindus, for that matter. All human life is precious and valuable. Islam teaches us that when it says that he who saves the life of one person saves all of mankind.

11:55 PM  

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