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December 29, 2004

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daniel olivas

thank you...my wife and i were trying to figure out this morning what we can do and make certain our money will be used to help those who really need it.

Nilanjana

Thank you so much for doing this, Mark. Have been getting updates from friends in the relief business and the picture's still pretty grim--not enough of anything, and a growing fear that epidemics might raise the death toll still higher.

TSUNAMI  HELP CENTRE

The tsunami will, overwhelmingly, be remembered as a catastrophic natural disaster.The largest relief effort in history is attempting to reach the millions of homeless and injured tsunami survivors, but logistical problems are continuing to hamper the work.Charities are continuing to face huge difficulties in supplying aid, battling against destroyed roads and ports and a limited number of aircraft in which to ferry supplies to remote areas.
The web's army of volunteers must ensure that the follow-through is effective once the powerful but transient presence of the world's media moves on to another place. They have a big role to play through online interaction to keep the world focussed on the massive reconstruction work that will have to be done before normal service can be resumed.
All volunteers and co-operative people and organizations are warmly welcome to join us for a get together of all the volunteers at different dates and various locations in INDIA, SRI LANKA, THAILAND and INDONESIA.The proposed get together at a location will help in proper coordination and formation of teams to implement rescue n recovery operations startegically.
just mail us at p_cash@myway.com
Informing us all your available dates........location of interest........and your field(if any)

ed houston

I own a portable sawmill which can produce 400 to 600 board feet of bulding lumber per hour.The mill is entirley portable can be pulled by a light truck or suv.it can be set up and ready to produce lumber from logs in 30 to 45 min. It is a woodmizer 2004 fully computerized and automated. if such a thing as well as myself to operate it,eighter now or later sounds like something that can help please contact me or call me at 928 587 7276

ed houston

I own a portable sawmill which can produce 400 to 600 board feet of bulding lumber per hour.The mill is entirley portable can be pulled by a light truck or suv.and can be set up and ready to produce lumber from logs in 30 to 45 min. It is a woodmizer 2004 fully computerized and automated. if such a thing as well as myself to operate it,eighter now or later sounds like something that can help please contact me or call me at 928 587 7276

Tsunami Help Centre

Expression of Interests in helping Tsunami victims

The Web is helping with tsunami disaster relief efforts by keeping millions informed with news and helping orgainzations raise funds and logistical support to distribute aid to where it's needed.
We have received great response regarding the establishment of a GETTOGETHER ....we are now in the process of shortlisting and mailing Expression of Interests formats to all of the respondents

Medical professionals like Registered Nurses, Physicians,Paediatricians,Psychiatrists
Preventive health doctors,particularly women doctors who can do outpatient clinics for women.
Paramedics and health activists
Psychosocial Advisors, Emergency Medicine Personnel,
Public Health Specialists,Nursing Assistants
are required to volunteer in:
Indonesia, India, SriLanka, Thailand

General Volunteer may include
1.People experienced in emergency relief work – debris and dead body removal etc.
2.People who can spend at least 10 days and are good at taking charge and coordinating local volunteer efforts in the offices in the area centers
3.Documentation – people with cameras and video cameras – to travel and document the work – will have to work with minimal assistance from Govt Agencies.
4.Volunteers who can coordinate things, going out and collecting things, meeting people etc
5.Volunteer teams who can help with assessment surveys - knowledge of local language
6.Volunteer teams who can help with assessment surveys - knowledge of local language(s) ESSENTIAL!

Resources have to be mobilized :
1. Expertise and material to repair roads and jetties
2. Telecommunication equipment to establish STD/ISD links
3. Environment-friendly pre-fabricated homes
4. Expertise and material to rebuild cold storages
5. Mobile desalination plants
6. Earthmovers and bulldozers to remove debris from coastal areas
7. Used Vans,Jeeps and trucks etc to be stationed and used in the cluster villages.
8. Unused clothing materials especially undergarments (petticoats- which ia form of underskirt)
9. Study material for students and schools.
10.Boats, Nets & Engines to rehabilitate the fisher men

The need to coordinate efforts is the most important FACTOR. Thats why we are planning to organise a get together of all the volunteers at different dates and different locations in INDIA, SRI LANKA, THAILAND and INDONESIA.The proposed get togethers at a location will help in proper coordination and formation of teams to implement rescue n recovery operations startegically.
All volunteers and co-operative people and organizations are warmly welcome to join us.

Email at p_cash@myway.com
Informing us all your available dates........location of interest.......your field(if any)...and phone number.

Justin Fong

We are young people experienced in community and NGO work and are headed to Thailand to volunteer our services over the next few weeks. We are raising funds from family and friends to bring supplies to southern Thailand. We are in touch with people on the ground in Khao Lak. If you would like to see the website we have put up to collect donations, you can view it at www.thedonationcenter.org - the use of the site has been donated to us by Moving Mountains The Donation Center.

Mark

I have to wonder if all the money collected for Tsunami relief really goes anywhere. I have a friend whose parents live on the coast of Thailand. They lost everything, but thank God they didn't get hurt. The only aid they received was $500USD and were told that was all that was available. I'm trying to raise $5,000 to help build them a new house since I don't believe these organizations are out there to help anyone but themselves. I would love to do more and have a lot of humanitarian relief projects under my belt.

Tsunami Help Centre


Helping Tsunami victims........

Your help is valuable - even if you're not actually standing on the beaches, helping the victims.

Each Aid Package we put together contains very necessary supplies for the homeless: Rice, milk, clean water, matches, tinned food, aspirins, medical supplies, plastic sheets, plastic bottles, pots to cook in, clothes like slippers, pants and underskirts for the women. Packages for the babies include antibiotics, baby oils and creams, nappies, etc.
The cost of each Aid Package is approximately £2.00 (approx. $3.50) for a family - this contains enough food to feed a family for one day or one person for two days.

All volunteers and co-operative people and organizations are warmly welcome to join us. Any one travelling to India or recently in India can contact us for volunteering in helping Tsunami victims. Email at p_cash@myway.com Informing us all your available dates........location of interest.......your field(if any)...and phone number.

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