The news of the tragedy came about 3 days late as I was away on Cat Ba Island on a trip, not until we got back to Hanoi did I realised what had happened. We just sat there and watched CNN for hours and couldn't believe our eyes. I felt a great sense of lost to the people that lost their lives, family and home, a reminder of the power of nature can be so crude. When we saw the pictures from Patong then we realised how lucky we have been as we were there about two weeks ago. I had made a donation to the relieve charity the next day, as I couldn't just sit back and do nothing at all. My thoughts are will the victims of this disaster.
I would also like to send out my words of encouragement to those people who are caught up in the tradgedy by the Tsunami, and to let you know that I am praying, as well. This event has been on my mind and has wrenched my heart since I first saw that it happened on the local evening news. A few days ago I met a woman who is a refugee in Canada from Somalia where there is a horrific civil war going on- the last thing they need right now is a tsunami! I wish I could be down there by the Indian Ocean volunteering to give any sort of aid, but I am stuck here in Canada, it is kind of true. I heard that they need blood donations of O negative without a Rhesmus factor in that area, (near Thailand, I think), but from what I can tell from the Canadian Blood Services website, they are not shipping any blood over from Canada, unfortunately- I would phone my doctor to see if I was elligable immediately (I'm sure I am, though) if it said that they were- but it isn't open because it is too early in the morning so I can't phone . .. .
Anyway, the question that I had was that a friend of mind said that she wanted to donate some non-perishable groceries and wondered how to do that or what to buy/send/give. Does anyone from Canada, or anyone else know of an international organisation that would accept anything like that? I haven't had time to scan/search/read all the websites that are listed yet.
I would like to send my condolences to all those who whave lost loved ones in this tradgedy and those who are 'missing' someone dear.
Although I have given as much as I can afford for now, The appeal fund will be on my Christmas list next year. By then much of the donated funds will be used up. Christmas in the West is so over-indulgent. If we all have, give and do just a little less next Christmas, each and everyone of us can continue to support the people in the stricken countries. If we all remember and give something at Christmas in years to come perhaps we can help people rebuild their lives.
Contribute to the Relief Effort
If you would like to contribute money to organizations currently providing
relief to affected communities in Asia, visit the websites below:
If you want to contribute to the relief:
Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org.au/Donations/onlineDonations.asp
Save the Children: http://www.savethechildren.org.au/
Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org.uk/
Save the Children: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/
Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation-form.asp
Save the Children: https://secure.ga3.org/01/support_now?stationpub=hp_d_button
Doctors Without Borders: http://www.msf.org/donations/index.cfm
Foundation for the People of Burma: http://www.foundationburma.org/
Another link for donation
Tzu Chi Foundation - http://www.tzuchi.org
Alberto has just called home. he's safe
Alberto has just called home. he's safe
Glad to hear that!! It must have been a hard time waiting for news.
As travellers, there is one obvious way to help beyond the immediate donations. Since many of the countries and coastal locations that were hit were tourist areas, I suggest we make plans, and save money, to visit these areas as soon as they are open for business. Use your hard earned tourist dollars to help re-build the local economy directly. Plus you'll get a much greater appreciation for the people you've helped, see how they've rebuilt, and have a good time doing it.
Q_Zhang's idea is a great one. My husband and I will be spending time in Thailand and Malaysia in late Mark and April. Many friends and family are asking if we're bypassing these areas, but we're actually planning on spending more time there to help their economy, and possibly help clean and rebuild as well.
If anyone knows of any organizations or volunteer networks needing assistance with non-medical work, we are happy to help. Please email me or post any suggestions or recommendations.
i would like to donate clothes and blankets??? anybody have idea for in france..............; as i am a forgeiner!!
PLEASE HELP IN ANYWAY YOU CAN........... EVEN THE LITTLE THING COUNT..... even such thing like plugs, light bulbs, etc