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Old 01-01-2005, 12:08 PM
adam adam is offline
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Default Tsunami Calendar: Which Charities?

Please use this thread to post possible charities to which proceeds from the calendar will be sent to. These charities should come from the affected regions, ie Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand.

Sohrab has previously suggested SOS and http://www.aide-et-action.org/

Thanks for input on this.
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Old 01-01-2005, 02:20 PM
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Default Re: Tsunami Calendar: Which Charities?

Here is some other sites of big organisations working at the moment in those countries.

http://www.unicef.org/

http://www.msf.org/

http://www.redcross.org/
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Old 01-02-2005, 01:01 AM
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Default Re: Tsunami Calendar: Which Charities?

Here are some more links, not from local charities but from international organizations through which you can donate directly to the regions affected by the quake and the tsunami. All the following links are suggested through the BBC News website.

<a href=http://www.unicef.org.uk/>www.unicef.org.uk</a> UN Children’s Fund

<a href=http://www.unhcr.ch/>www.unhcr.ch</a> UN Refugee Agency

<a href=http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/>www.savethechildren.org.uk</a> Save the Children

<a href=http://www.care.org/>www.care.org</a> Anti poverty organisation Care International

<a href=http://www.cafod.org.uk/>www.cafod.org.uk</a>
Agency for Overseas Development

<a href=http://www.hinduforum.org/>www.hinduforum.org</a> The Hindu Forum Disaster Relief Task Force

<a href=http://www.ifrc.org/>www.ifrc.org</a> The Red Cross, with its sister charity the Red Crescent

<a href=http://www.christianaid.org.uk/>www.christianaid.org.uk</a>
Christian Aid

<a href=http://www.tearfund.org/>www.tearfund.org</a> Christian charity Tearfund

<a href=http://www.islamic-relief.com/>www.islamic-relief.com</a>
Islamic Relief

<a href=http://www.islamicaid.org.uk/>www.islamicaid.org.uk</a>
The Islamic Aid Emergency Relief Fund

<a href=http://www.muslimhands.org/>www.muslimhands.org</a> Muslim Hands

<a href=http://www.medair.org/>www.medair.org</a> Medair

<a href=http://www.handicap-international.org.uk/>www.handicap-international.org.uk</a> Handicap International

<a href=http://www.worldvision.org.uk/>www.worldvision.org.uk</a>
World Vision

<a href=http://www.concern.net/>www.concern.net</a> Concern

<a href=http://www.theirc.org/>www.theirc.org</a> The International Rescue Committee

<a href=http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/>www.salvationarmy.org.uk</a>
The Salvation Army

<a href=http://www.muslimaid.org/>www.muslimaid.org</a> Muslim Aid

<a href=http://www.actionaid.org/>www.actionaid.org</a> Action Aid

<a href=http://www.oxfam.org/>www.oxfam.org</a> Oxfam

<a href=mailto:asia-quakerelief@europe.com>asia-quakerelief@europe.com</a> (Asia Quake Relief Appeal UK, a UK-based Sri Lankan organisation, is also raising money and can be e-mailed)

<a href=http://www.worldjewishaid.org.uk/>www.worldjewishaid.org.uk</a>
World Jewish Aid

<a href=http://www.bapscare.org/>www.bapscare.org</a> Hindu NGO Baps Care International

<a href=http://www.goal.ie/>www.goal.ie</a> Goal teams

<a href=http://www.actionagainsthunger.org/>www.actionagainsthunger.org</a> Action Against Hunger

<a href=http://www.wfp.org/index.htm>www.wfp.org</a> United Nations World Food Programme

<a href=http://www.dec.org.uk/>www.dec.org.uk</a> The Disasters Emergency Committee
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Old 01-02-2005, 05:45 AM
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Default Re: Tsunami Calendar: Which Charities?

Sorry I haven't been in before now - things have been a bit frantic for me at work in light of the events, that said, I've just asked a friend who works in the field what she thinks and she said:

"First off, in the really badly affected areas, pre-existing NGOs personnel and volunteers will have become victims themselves so it's not necessarily the most "bang for your buck" to target local ngos. That said, some of the more "developmental" NGOs may well be the folks with a foot in the door in terms of credibility and respect with the communities (with the addition of Red Cross which is universally located and generally well regarded) ... so NGOs such as CARE and Unicef (yeah, not an NGO in the classic sense but they'd fit the current requirements) would be logical choices in my mind. CARE has an Indonesian office, but according to their website, most of their work has been on the island of Java ... but at least they speak the same language if they mount a response.

One of the pieces that is important to consider, is that organizations such as CARE, Save the Children, Doctors Without Borders, WarChild* have independent status between countries. By that, I mean that there is CARE.org which is American, CARE.ca which is Canadian, CARE.co.uk ... etc ... and if I was in charge of deciding where to send money, I'd be wanting to clarify which agency is doing what and where. SavetheChildren.ca doesn't have an operational wing ... they work solely with local partners ... the UK has more expats in the field overseeing things. This makes a difference sometimes in terms of community ownership of both the problems and the solutions and can make longer term differences. While expats may be able to get things done faster (and that's important when you are needing to feed and water and shelter a few million people) the longer term rebuilding solutions need to come from the local people.

*re WarChild (they do war zone stuff but I'd be surprised if they didn't try to get involved in this response too ... particularly in Banda Aceh and Sri Lanka were conflict has also been a problem ... but they won't get involved in the relief aspect ... they'll get involved around helping children regain some emotional release, some sense of normalicy and some psycho-social benefits -- but I wouldn't worry about donated to them, they have the backing of major performing artists who throw concerts to raise money for them.)

The Mennonite Central Committee is another good NGO ... and it's been my experience that they leave any proselitizing of religion out of their work. Mercy Corp and Merlin have both done some good work -- Merlin is UK and/or Netherlands based.

The ReliefWeb, which is a UN - OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) site, has a list of NGOs ... link and on that page, there is a search link to find NGOs by country ... there are no NGOs listed for either India, Indonesia or Sri Lanka ... Thailand has an NGO for human rights and development ... The lack of a listing does not mean that small grassroots organizations don't exist, just that they aren't registered.

There was a bit on the news yesterday about a water truck making it to Banda Aceh ... and with all the people that are in dire need of safe drinking water, a police officer decided that it was more important to use lots of that water to clean his house -- he didn't even have the courtesy to be abashed when confronted by the international media. I tell that story because it speaks to the need to ensure that there is enough of an international (i.e. you don't scare me so I'll say what needs to be said) presence in dealing with corrupt officials.

I'm not sure that you need to debate the merits of what agency to donate to, overly much. None of them is perfect. All of them will make mistakes. But most of them will try to do the best they possibly can with the money that is entrusted to them."
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Old 01-03-2005, 09:39 PM
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Default Re: Tsunami Calendar: Which Charities?

See www.charitynavigator.org and www.charitywatch.org for info regarding various charity organizations. I think a good approach would be to pick one or a few reputable global organizations. They will generally be working with local NGOs anyway.
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Old 01-05-2005, 01:19 AM
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Default Re: Tsunami Calendar: Which Charities?

I suggest that we limit the number of charities, and contact them before going much further, explaining the idea, putting it to them as aproposal for a partnership, so that the calendar can then carry a logo with cachet (Save the childern, SOS, etc). This would help make the calendar much more offcial-looking, which is an important factor in the overcrowded calendar market.
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Old 01-05-2005, 07:09 PM
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Default Re: Tsunami Calendar: Which Charities?

Agree. Getting a partnership of one of these organizations is important to establish not only the "official-look" but also the credibility of this action.
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Old 01-07-2005, 08:15 PM
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Default Re: Tsunami Calendar: Which Charities? World Vision

I've set up a page for World Vision that will let you send a "virtual gift" in a real greeting card. The emergency gifts will benefit the people in Asia.
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Old 01-08-2005, 12:27 AM
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Default Re: Tsunami Calendar: Which Charities?

This is a good idea, if you want to make the most of any contribution. Many organizations are burdened by their own cumbersome management and associated expenses.

I also heard today that my own pet-favorite, MSF, have temporarily announced that they aren't taking any more contributions (this may change in the future), so in general it would be worth taking note that some charities may be bringing in more than they have the means to distribute.

Ron.
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Old 01-08-2005, 02:49 PM
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Default Re: Tsunami Calendar: Which Charities?

i've been in touch with someone working with an organisation called AID INDIA it's an organisation formed by indians in the united states.. they recently used some of my photographs fomr north east india to bring out a calendar to raise moey moeny for that region ( it's a neglected region in india)
they have their offices set up in india as well and the organisation started its relief operation within 4 hours of the disaster..
this organisation is not very big though..

i hope i dont end up confusing you all.. but i was wondering if maybe you can look at the regions and then decide which NGO to support. for example the sumatra region is the worst struck.. does it make sense to concentrate there.. or are india and sri lanka more practical ?
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