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1. Posted by JimRL (Full Member 38 posts) 11y

Does anyone know whos best to get in touch with to travel over to Thailand to help clean the mess up as I was planning to travel over to Vietnam, Lous and Thailand anyway.

2. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 11y

I would love to help as well! Ive got two weeks free from Jan 14th to 31st and would like to find out who i can contact to offer my help for 2 weeks!

Many hands make light work!

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5811 posts) 11y

There's a blog set up that might help you find some way to volunteer. They mention an organisation in Chennai, but I couldn't find anything about volunteering in Phuket. The main focus of organisations seems to be on funds at the moment. I'll keep an eye out for any information.

[ Edit: Fixed the link ]

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5811 posts) 11y

In an effort to get a few options together for those interested in volunteering, here are some findings from the internet.

First of all, it is worth quoting this line from the Center for International Disaster Information website.

Volunteer Opportunities for Disaster Relief are Extremely Limited

Volunteers without prior disaster relief experience are generally not selected for relief assignments. Candidates with the greatest chance of being selected have fluency in the language of the disaster-stricken area, prior disaster relief experience, and expertise in technical fields such as medicine, communications logistics, water/sanitation engineering. In many cases, these professionals are already available in-country. Most agencies will require at least ten years of experience, as well as several years of experience working overseas. It is not unusual to request that volunteers make a commitment to spend at least three months working on a particular disaster. Most offers of another body to drive trucks, set up tents, and feed children are not accepted. Keep in mind that once a relief agency accepts a volunteer, they are responsible for the volunteer's well-being -i.e., food, shelter, health and security. Resources are strained during a disaster, and another person without the necessary technical skills and experience can often be a considerable burden to an ongoing relief effort.

[ from http://lolo.cidi.org/donate.htm ]

Bearing that in mind, here are some places that are needing specific help - mostly skilled counselors.

Dulwich International College: counseling and transport

The school is being used as a refuge, and many of the victims there need transport to the airport, bus station or relief center at Provincial Hall. The school does not have sufficient transport because many of its drivers are missing. Anyone with transport is asked to go to the school to help out.

Also sorely needed are people with experience in counseling. Many of the survivors are in shock and have horrific stories to tell, and need a comforting ear. Help is needed throughout the day. For more information call Tel: 01-7886639 or 076-238744.

[ from the Phuket Gazette - 29th Dec ]

Hospitals: clothes, shoes, counseling:

Many victims are still walking around in a daze and; some have lost love ones or do not know where they are. Any person with the time to go to the hospitals and help is asked to do so. In some cases just hearing a calm voice amid the confusion can help.

[ also taken from [ from the Phuket Gazette - 29th Dec]

I'd say though, unless you are already there, it is probably best to send the money you might spend on a plane ticket to an organisation with people on the ground. If anyone has more information regarding this, please feel free to respond in this thread.

5. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

A noble gesture nevertheless ... JimRL

6. Posted by Chada (Full Member 118 posts) 11y

It has been announced since today's morning that the government and several aids organizationห are starting to build houses for the victims as the tempo. shelters are now getting crowded and very inconvenient.

They have announced that helping hands are required for clearing up the wracks from the beaches and on basic construction work. You can contact them to offer help from now on. Those who survive have to start to live on and they need houses and working tools (like fishing boats) to go on with their living. It's likely that they will already back to their business at the time you are here. If Feb. is too late for helping in construction work, it will be also good for them if you just come visit according to your plan, help buying and obtaining their services, the way it used to be. This will be the best way to help them get back to their routine lives and let go from their minds this disaster as soon as possible.

Thank you very much.

7. Posted by MarkC (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Hi everyone, thanks for this thread Jim, I know thats it's probably best not volenteering to go to Asia to help out with the disaster cleanup, and I know the governments and people from around the globe are helping there upmost, but for me it's not enough, I cant just sit back and watch, yes I could donate the cost of the ticket to the the aid fund but to be honest I would rather be there helping out knowing that what i'm doing is helping in everyway possible, call it selfish but that's what I intend to do.
Please Chada or anyone if theres any advice you can give me as this will be the first time iv'e been to Thailand.

Many many thanks everyone.

Mark

8. Posted by Chada (Full Member 118 posts) 11y

The latest I saw on TV, they need someone who can deal with WWW thinggie. I mean they needs help on synchronizing the name of missing, died, and injured people to make the information becomes more precise. Also other technical helps on maintain the following websites:

http://www.csiphuket.com/

http://www.thaitsunami.com/

For the helps other than that, there are some other things like construction work for tempo. shelters or help on being listening ears like a shrink. This last thing becomes an urgent requirement because now that people start to have to admit the situation that their love ones is not gonna show up because one week has passed. So, they feel very depressed. Some even want to kill themselves. However, I would suggest that you email to ask them first if there is any other helps they need.

I heard SAS will be flying from several spots in Europe to bring back the European who still remain in Thailand, one flight per day for a few days from now. I am not sure if they will have space in the planes that is heading here or not. I know they won't make it easy, otherwise many "smart" people may try their luck on getting free flight to Thailand. But it shouldn't be hurt if you give it a try. Call closest SAS office and ask if they can give you some info about this.

9. Posted by PattyD (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

I, like, Mark, also feel this huge pull to go help. I am a professional social worker with extensive crisis counseling experience. I will call the numbers provided later in the day. If anyone else hears of anything else please post. Unfortunately I probably cannot take more than 2 weeks off, but would love to be able to help in whatever way I can during that time.
Thanks for all the great info!

10. Posted by Chada (Full Member 118 posts) 11y

http://www.worldvolunteerweb.org/dynamic/cfapps/news/tsunami.cfm

:)