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12/30/2004 Archived Entry: "Tsunami/Earthquake relief beyond the Red Cross"
I ASKED FOR ALTERNATIVES TO THE RED CROSS for tsunami/earthquake relief -- and you guys responded. You always come through ...
I'm posting below all the messages we've received so far (with initials, not names, of senders, since I'm posting their words without taking time to ask permission).
Please donate something to one of these groups, if you can. If you planned a year-end gift to the blog, send it on to somebody whose life might depend on it, please.
Here are the messages and links:
As a fellow libertarian I find it difficult to find a non-political aid organization, but this one comes close -- Direct Relief International. It gets much of its medical suppliers donated from drug companies.
Taken from the BBC website: Medecins Sans Frontieres.
I was poking around last night looking for somewhere to make a contribution, and settled on Doctors Without Borders.
They're not only helping the direct victims of the tsunamis, but are preparing to try to avert some of the aftermath (malaria, dysentery, etc.) that an awful event like this can bring on.
Dunno what their politics are, but in a case like this, I think it doesn't much matter. And they claim that a hair over 85% of contributions are used for actual aid.
Medecins Sans Frontieres and Doctors Without Borders are the same organization. And I concur. We could probably argue politics with them all day, but they're a fine group of very courageous, dedicated people.
For much useful information, and because we've got to laugh, even in the worst times ...
The Command Post has a big list. I don't know diddly about any of them.
I do like one they list, only because of their name. The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP), which, if you selectively expand their acronym, you get CCODPeace. :) Oh, wait, is that the equivalent of GreenPeace, except focused on cod? Okay, it's late, and maybe I'm on a chocolate binge crash.
P.S. See also http://tsunamihelp.blogspot.com/.
Tsunamihelp is put up by locals in the affected area. Bless the Internet and the wonderful souls who use it to do great work.
Posted by Claire @ 01:41 PM CST