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PostPosted: Wed 29 Dec, 2004 1:23 pm    Post subject: urgent appeal for donations to relief organizations Reply with quote

edit 14 March 2011: Tsunami, Earthquakes, Flooding, etc. etc.

Scroll down "Natural Disasters and Emergencies as of March 2011" to read more about what you can do

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edit 8 March 2010: Earthquakes Galore

Scroll down "Natural Disasters and Emergencies as of March 2010" to read more about what you can do

Please remember when donating to relief organizations to specify greatest need

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edit 14 January 2010: Earthquake in Haiti

Here is a list of relief organizations, along with phone numbers and links to online donation pages:
Globe and Mail: How you can help those in Haiti

Please scroll down "Earthquake in Haiti: January 2010" to read more about what you can do for the Haiti Earthquake relief

Sadly, there are many areas of the world where relief is needed:
Relief Web: countries and emergencies

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edit 12 May 2008:

In re (to name but a few):
Global Food Crisis
Earthquake in China
Volcano Chaiten in Chile
Cyclone in Myanmar
Floods in Thailand


reliefweb: serving the information needs of the humanitarian relief community


Please remember when donating to relief organizations to specify greatest need.

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edit 9 November 2005:
please see thread about "What you can do": http://www.etherwork.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1922#1922
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edit 28 October 2005:
South Asia Earthquake... please remember when donating to relief organizations to specify greatest need.
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edit 31 August 2005:
Hurricane Katrina.... please remember when donating to relief organizations to specify "greatest need".
http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&q=disaster+relief
http://www.reliefweb.int/
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edit 1 August 2005:
please see thread about Niger food crisis: http://etherwork.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1658#1658
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All of us, if we can or haven't already, should make cash donations to

Red Cross (Canada) (1-800-418-1111),

DoctorsWithoutBorders (Canada) (1-800-982-7903 or 1-416-964-0619)

DoctorsWithoutBorders USA: (1-888-392-0392)

or any other suitable relief organization.

It may be difficult to get through because of the high volume of calls. edit: I chose "The Red Cross" and "Doctors Without Borders" because they seem to be bonafied organizations that are already working in the devastated areas.

In Toronto, all police stations are accepting cash donations that will be sent directly to the Red Cross.


edit:

Doctors Without Borders (international fundraising page)
http://www.msf.org/donations/index.cfm

Red Cross UK:
bluepeter.redcross.org.uk/tsappeal/appeal.htm
(0870 60 60 900)

Red Cross Italy:
http://www.cri.it/pages/get?type=news&sec=ATT&cat=ATNEW&n=3




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PostPosted: Wed 29 Dec, 2004 6:33 pm    Post subject: Re: urgent appeal for donations to relief organizations Reply with quote

llizard wrote:
All of us, if we can or haven't already, should make cash donations to Red Cross (Canada) (1-800-418-1111), DoctorsWithoutBorders (1-888-392-0392)...


See the UN's ReliefWeb earthquake/tsunami page for up-dates about who is doing what where. ../w/rwb.nsf/vLND/5F8A41AE2188E3A949256F76002F8861?OpenDocument&StartKey=South+Asia:+Earthquake+and+Tsunami+-+Dec+2004&ExpandView

Other excellent organizations doing disaster relief work for victims of the recent earthquake/tsunami include:

UNICEF:
1-800-567-4483

World Vision Canada
1-800-268-5528 (their homepage

Oxfam Canada
1-800-466-9326

CARE Canada
1-800-267-5232

Mennonite Central Committee
1-888-622-6337

Salvation Army
Donation line: 1-800-725-2769


edit by llizard: Thanks Lawless for pointing to these other organizations. Here are the international websites:

World Vision International:
wvi.org/wvi/donation/donation.htm

CARE international:
http://www.care.org/

UNICEF international:
http://www.unicef.org/

OXFAM international:
http://www.oxfam.org/


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PostPosted: Thu 30 Dec, 2004 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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When discouraged about horrible news stories about disasters and armed conflicts, I find it helpful to look at more constructive news than is on the front page or on the TV newsclips. There is lots about what is being done to help at the UN Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) ReliefWeb earthquake/tsunami page. There are constant up-dates from news services and by way of press releases from organizations all over the world. And this site can help people figure out where they want to make their donations -- most of the big organizations have rapid response systems that enable them to deploy right away, and at the same time launch massive fund raising campaigns to help them do what they are already doing.


The above is an exerpt of CAM's reply to <a>another thread on this same subject</a>


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PostPosted: Fri 28 Jan, 2005 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see that the Red Cross has stopped collecting for tsunami relief. However, I am also hearing that the need is endless -- I heard an African relief worker point out that Africa has tsunami every month from AIDS related deaths. I also heard that people still believe that AIDS is the fault of the victim -- while certainly many people do acquire HIV from unsafe sex, there are also so many wives and children who get it. I also heard that in some tsunami disaster areas there are such insufficient medical supplies that in some places needles are being reused that have not even been autoclaved. (These are not needles for illicit drug use as we are accustomed to think of first here.)

I also heard that our local foodback (smallish Canadian city) was down about $150,000 in donations at the end of this year -- they are attributing this to the tsunami. Our foodback has seen a huge increase in need in the past several years here in Canada.

I hope the outpouring of compassion will continue toward all people in need. (I speak to myself!) Thank you dear llizard for contributing to the efforts through your website.


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please see thread about Niger food crisis: http://etherwork.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1658#1658


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PostPosted: Fri 28 Oct, 2005 2:56 pm    Post subject: Appeals for relief for victims of South Asia Earthquake Reply with quote

In re: South Asia Earthquake

ReliefWeb News Release 27 Oct 2005 wrote:
1. The situation is getting more desperate. It is currently estimated that as much as 30% of the areas affected have not been reached, which could translate into at least 200,000 people not getting the assistance they need.

9. On 26 October, the UN issued a Revised Flash Appeal calling for US$ 550 Million.

[...]

10. Of the USD 580 million, only USD 15.8 million was specifically pledged towards the Revised Appeal, and these still remain to be confirmed.


complete article:
reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/EGUA-6HKQ8Z


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PostPosted: Sun 18 May, 2008 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In re Myanmar relief,
CAM wrote:
[T]here are not enough relief personnel and supplies. Those organizations already working there need donations. A colleague of mine who knows the region well has produced the following list of organizations who are now working in the country around the clock even though many of them have themselves been badly affected by the cyclone


Read more and/or reply here:
http://etherwork.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=584



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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jan, 2010 1:15 pm    Post subject: Earthquake in Haiti: January 2010 Reply with quote

Earthquake in Haiti

Here is a list of relief organizations, along with phone numbers and links to online donation pages:
Globe and Mail: How you can help those in Haiti

Sadly, there are many areas of the world where relief is needed:
Relief Web: countries and emergencies

Because of the nature of the crisis, there may be a larger number of donations than usual with regards to the earthquake; please specify "greatest need" on your donation.

Note that it’s very likely that your donation will go towards helping those in Haiti. However, in the case where there is a surplus (wouldn’t that be wonderful?), any amounts labelled "greatest need" can be moved to areas that have not received the same amount of press.

But having said that, please note this announcement from the Canadian Federal government:

CBC news wrote:
The federal government is earmarking up to $50 million to match Canadians’ donations of up to $100,000 to charities aiding relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The donations must meet the following requirements:

* Made by an individual Canadian.
* Made to a registered Canadian charitable organization that is receiving donations in response to the Jan. 12 Haiti earthquake.
* Specifically earmarked by such organizations for the purpose of responding to the earthquake.
* Made between Jan. 12 and Feb. 12, 2010.

The Canadian International Development Agency [(CIDA)] has more information on Canada’s Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund.



More information:
:: CBC news: Haiti relief
:: CIDA: FAQs – Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund acdi-cida.gc.ca/acdi-cida/ACDI-CIDA.nsf/eng/ANN-114115719-MVV
:: ReliefWeb: Haiti: Earthquakes – Jan 2010 reliefweb.int/rw/dbc.nsf/doc108?OpenForm&rc=2&emid=EQ-2010-000009-HTI
:: alertnet: Haiti earthquake 2010
:: United Nations World Food Program (WFP): Help Haiti
:: World Vision: Haiti "Aid distributions began on Wednesday and are continuing despite heavy damage to World Vision offices."
:: IFRC: Disaster Management Haiti - Earthquake (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies)
:: Canadian Red Cross: Haiti Earthquake "your help is urgently needed"

Any donation, large or small, will be greatly appreciated by those in need.



Please read more here:

blog from OUR kitchen: re: Earthquake in Haiti summary: urgent call for donations to help those affected by the earthquake in Haiti; information about WFP, Canada and Canadian Aid organizations

blog from OUR kitchen: some remarkable bloggers summary: bloggers working to raise funds for Haiti; tips for donating; links to relief agencies working in Haiti;


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PostPosted: Mon 08 Mar, 2010 8:57 am    Post subject: Natural Disasters as of March 2010 Reply with quote

Natural Disasters and Emergencies as of March 2010

As we listen to the news, it becomes overwhelming. We hear that some of the aftershocks in Chile are the same magnitude as the January earthquake in Haiti.

Here are several more reasons to specify "greatest need" when donating to relief organizations from ReliefWeb's list of the Latest Natural Disasters (as of early March 2010):

ReliefWeb wrote:
Serbia: Floods - Mar 2010
Uganda: Floods and Landslides - Mar 2010
Haiti: Floods and Mudslides - Mar 2010
Chile: Earthquake - Feb 2010
Madeira: Floods and Mudslides - Feb 2010
Caribbean: Drought - Feb 2010
Pakistan: Avalanche - Feb 2010
Cook Islands: Tropical Cyclone Pat - Feb 2010
Afghanistan: Floods and Avalanches - Feb 2010
Mexico: Floods and Landslides - Feb 2010
French Polynesia: Cyclone Oli - Feb 2010
Solomon Islands: Floods - Jan 2010
Egypt: Floods - Jan 2010
occupied Palestinian territory: Floods - Jan 2010
Haiti: Earthquakes - Jan 2010
Mongolia: Dzud - Jan 2010
Montenegro: Floods - Jan 2010
Bolivia: Floods - Jan 2010
India/Nepal/Bangladesh: Cold Wave - Jan 2010
Pakistan: Landslide - Jan 2010
Solomon Islands: Earthquake - Jan 2010
Tajikistan: Earthquake - Jan 2010


And the above is just a list of natural disasters.

ReliefWeb also has a list of top five underfunded appeals, with the percentages indicating how much of the requested appeal has been fulfilled:
ReliefWeb wrote:

1. Uganda 2010 (0%)
2. Central African Republic 2010 (1%)
3. Zimbabwe 2010 (1%)
4. West Africa 2010 (2%)
5. occupied Palestinian territory 2010 (2%)


Here again are organizations that are already working in most areas of the world. They can use your help.

Red Cross (Canada) http://www.redcross.ca/
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) http://www.ifrc.org/
World Vision: http://www.wvi.org/
DoctorsWithoutBorders (International) http://www.msf.org/msfinternational/donations/
UN World Food Program (WFP) http://www.wfp.org/


There are many other reputable relief organizations putting together appeals. Here are things to look for when you are deciding where to send your donation.

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Do look for organizations with prior experience and expertise [...] There is a steep learning curve when agencies move out of their normal work, this may lead to mistakes and wasted money. Make sure the organization has prior experience in their proposed projects.

Don't earmark funds The organization is on the ground and has a far better idea of what is needed the most. Earmarking funds may force the organization to spend money where it's not needed and keep it from spending money where it’s need the most. [...]

Don't take up a collection of goods to send over [...] Ports can only hold and process so many goods and often the port authorities have difficulty sorting through everything arriving to get it processed and out the doors. Please do not take up collections of medicine, clothing, baby formula, or food for shipment, or show up on your own to hand out money or goods. Although well intentioned, this can actually make the situation worse


-Haiti Quake Updates – Updates from aid workers and journalists in Haiti: The DOs and DON’Ts of Disaster Donations | Information in Context


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PostPosted: Mon 14 Mar, 2011 5:55 pm    Post subject: Natural Disasters and Emergencies after March 2011 Reply with quote

Natural Disasters and Emergencies

Watching the news these days can be overwhelming. And of course, when we sit in our living rooms, helplessly watching as people are swept away, or fires rage, or houses crumble, or..., we want to feel less helpless. And all of us can help - with donations to reputable relief organizations. Any size of donation is welcomed. Give what you can. (For instance, instead of buying coffee every morning, donate your coffee money.)

Please remember to specify "greatest need" when donating to relief organizations.

Here is ReliefWeb's list of the Latest Natural Disasters (as of mid March 2011): Japan: Earthquake and Tsunami - Mar 2011; New Zealand: Earthquake - Feb 2011; Madagascar: Cyclone Bingiza - Feb 2011; Mexico: Cold Wave - Feb 2011; Cyclone Yasi - Jan 2011; Malaysia : Floods - Jan 2011; Cyclone Wilma - Jan 2011; Bolivia: Floods and Landslides - Jan 2011; Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2011; Vanuatu: Tropical Cyclone Vania - Jan 2011; Bangladesh: Cold Wave - Jan 2011 (taken from reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/doc110?OpenForm)

edit November 2014: Sadly, the world is in just as bad shape as ever. Aside from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, ongoing food insecurity in many parts of the world, since September 2014, the Disasters page on Relief Web is reporting cholera in Niger; floods in Somalia, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Pakistan, India, Taiwan Province, Philippines; drought in Bolivia, Honduras; volcanoes and seismic activities in Colombia, Philippines; tropical Cyclone Hudhud in India and tropical storm Fung-Wong (aka Mario) in Taiwan Province, Philippines;

Here again are some of the organizations that are already working in most areas of the world. They can use your help.

Red Cross (Canada) http://www.redcross.ca/
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) http://www.ifrc.org/
World Vision: http://www.wvi.org/
DoctorsWithoutBorders (International) http://www.msf.org/msfinternational/donations/
UN World Food Program (WFP) http://www.wfp.org/

Of course, there are many other reputable relief organizations putting together appeals. Here are some things to look for when you are deciding where to send your donation.

goodintents.org wrote:

Do determine if the country is accepting international assistance [...] [J]ust because there has been a disaster does not mean that the local government and local aid organizations are not capable of reaching and helping those in need. Before sending your donation find out what, if any, assistance the government is allowing. Check to see if the aid organization you're considering donating to is offering that same type of assistance.

Do look at a variety of nonprofits before giving
Look for organizations that were operating in the country before the disaster, they will be able to respond quicker and know the local culture, politics, and needs better. Giving to local organizations is great, unfortunately they can be difficult to find and may not have a website or if they do it may not be in English.

Do look for organizations with prior experience and expertise
[...] There is a steep learning curve when nonprofits move out of their normal area of work, this may lead to mistakes and wasted money. Make sure the organization has prior experience in their proposed projects.

Don't earmark funds The organization is on the ground and has a far better idea of what is needed the most than someone half the world away. Earmarking funds may force the organization to spend money where it's not needed and keep it from funding the projects that are needed the most. [...]

Do ensure that the agency is legitimate before giving [...] [V]erify that the nonprofit is real before giving. Google the exactname – be careful that they haven't used a name that is almost identical to a well known charity. If the organization has been in operation for a while there should be a history of them on the web including links to conferences their staff have attended, newspaper articles written about them, or meeting minutes.

Don't take up a collection of goods to send over [...] Donated goods can clog ports and prevent more critical relief items from getting through. Ports can only hold and process so many goods and often the port authorities have difficulty sorting through everything arriving to get it processed and out the doors. Please do not take up collections of medicine, clothing, baby formula, or food for shipment, or show up on your own to hand out money or goods. Although well intentioned, this can actually make the situation worse as it adds to the confusion, diverts resources, and may lead to aid dependency.

-The DOs and DON'Ts of Disaster Donations | Good Intentions are Not Enough (http://goodintents.org/disaster/the-dos-and-donts-of-disaster-donations)


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