How you can help tsunami victims

While the government is still slow with publicising
details of how people can help those affected by tsunamis that hit south India
on Sunday morning, bloggers in India

and elsewhere seem to be doing their bit.

Some like this one, are educating potential donors and volunteers on the
options before them. Notably, it does not focus on India

According to messages posted on this site, Médecins
Sans Frontières is among the NGOs organising

volunteers, financial aid and experts for affeted
areas in Asia. Some individuals have also got into the

The Bharatiya Janata
Party announced an Emergency Relief Fund for Indians affected by the tsunami,
in New Delhi on Tuesday. A central
committee has been appointed to oversee the operations. People who wish to
contribute can contact local BJP offices, which will send the material to the
party’s headquarters in Delhi.

Indian Americans too have started organising aid
efforts. The National Federation of India Organizations has already collected
about $10,000 from its charitable accounts and is aiming for $100,000. Those
wishing to send money toward relief efforts can do so to the following organisations:

1. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund
Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund

2. BAPS Care International
Contact: Shailendra Adroja;
Checks payable to: BAPS Care International
195, Main Street, Suite # 304

New Jersey-08840
Payments can also be made online at

3. Association for India’s
Contact: Aniruddha Vaidya,
1-650-996-8249, 1-888-TALK-2-AID or (301) 422-4441

Contributions to AID can be made through secure on-line credit-card
deductions from AID’s website (,
where further details and updates will also be posted. Please indicate that
your contribution is for the "Relief and Rehabilitation Fund".
Checks payable to "AID" can be mailed to:
AID Zone 3,

P.O. Box 4801
Mountain View, CA 94040-0801
(Please indicate "Relief and Rehabilitation Fund" in the check memo)

4. The National Federation of India Organizations
Contact: Rajen Anand (703) 642-3156,
(562) 537-1077

Checks (tax-deductible) will be sent to the International Red Cross for the use
of ALL victims in all countries.
Checks payable to: NFIA
6912 Winter Lane,
Annandale VA 22003.

5. The Hindu Temple Society of North America

Contact: Dr Uma Mysorekar
(718) 460-8484
Checks (tax deductible) payable to: The Hindu Temple Society of North
Hindu Temple Society of North America
45-57 Bowne Street


6. India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF), USA
IDRF has already committed $10,000 towards immediate relief efforts and
will match dollar-to-dollar for donations up to $10,000. It will channel your
generous contributions to Sewa Bharati

(Panchvati, Chetpet, Chennai), Jana Sankshema Samiti (Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh),
Vivekanand Kendra and other voluntary NGOs providing
relief and rehabilitation to affected families including:

· Medical services
· Distribution of fishing nets, assistance for purchasing and repairing fibre boats
· Repair of diesel engines and supply fuel
· Distribution of textbooks, notebooks and uniforms to students.
· Construction of houses, repair and construction of community infrastructure

Please make check payable to "IDRF" (mention "Tsunami"

in the memo) and mail it to: IDRF, 4807 Phebe Ave, Fremont, CA

* Suresh Deopura (510) 573-5100,

* Shri Narayan Chandak (309)- 662-8353,
* Raghu Verabelli 781-270-2349,
* Vijay Pallod (281) 568-4995,
Or email

Donate on-line through your VISA/MasterCard or Direct Debit from checking account.

IDRF is administered by volunteers without any honorarium or overhead. Thus,
100% of your contribution will be disbursed directly to the NGOs working in the
field. Please check out our website

for latest information.

7. Sewa International, in association with local organisations, is planning to work for the rehabilitation
of families affected by the tsunami waves in India
by providing them:

Please send your donations to:

a. Sewa Bharathi Tamil Nadu
Shakti, 1, M V Street, Panchvati, Chetpet, Chennai-
Tamil Nadu
Ph: 044-28361049, 28360243 E-mail:

b. Jana Sankshema Samiti
Madhava Sadhan,
Kaleshwara Rao Road,
Vijaywada- 520002,

Andhra Pradesh

All donations from outside India should be sent to:
Sewa International
Apte Bhavan, 10196, D. B.
Gupta Road,

Jhandewala, New Delhi- 110055, India
Ph: 91-11-23517373, 23684445, E-mail:
Bank Account No: 21290, State Bank of India,
Jhandewala Extn., New
Branch Code No: 9371

8. You can send donations through NDTV’s trust
fund, The Hope Trust. Donations can be made to: HOPE – Tsunami Relief Fund and
sent to:

The Company Secretary, New Delhi Television,
W-17, Greater Kailash-1,
New Delhi-110048.
All donations are tax deductible under section 80G of Income Tax Act, 1961.

9. Give India

10. Volunteers for India

Development and Empowerment or VIDE

Source : REDIFF


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