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Friday 31 December 2004

Appeal From ASHA Seattle

Courtesy Joyeeta, 12/29/04:

All of you are aware of the devastating impact that Sunday's Tsunami has had on countries in South Asia. The killer tsunamis were triggered by a massive earthquake in Indonesia on Sunday, the worst in four decades. The tsunamis battered a huge swathe of South Asia, killing more than 47,000 people, including some 7,000 in South India. There are thousands still missing in the Andaman and Nicobar islands where help has not reached and thousands left without homes, food, shelter and even drinking water.

Relief work is underway with various countries sending in aid to help fight one of the worst natural disasters in recent history. Relief workers are working round the clock to help the victims. Asha Seattle realizes that as a socially responsible organization we need to extend a helping hand for this cause in whatever little way we can. All Asha chapters are coordinating an Ashe wide effort to help in the relief efforts. Asha Seattle is a chapter of Asha for Education, a non-profit voluntary organization dedicated to socio-economic change in India mainly using the medium of education. Our goal is to also address other development and human issues such as women's issues, health-care and related issues, whenever possible.

Currently we are in the process of collecting funds for relief work, to help the victims of this disaster and identifying areas which need urgent help. We urge you to please make your contributions to support the relief work. The victims of this disaster need our help right now. Away from home this is probably one of the only ways we can help. Below is the link to the contribution website created for the relief funds. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated.


We are working closely with partner groups (NGO's) based in Chennai, including Asha-Chennai. Several Asha-Chennai volunteers are closely monitoring the relief work underway and we will work with them to channelize funds to suitable places they think needs immediate attention. We are also working with other known organizations such as the Tamil Nadu Science Forum (TNSF), Environmental Support Group (ESG), and Chennai AID etc." Once the funds are distributed to these organizations, they will be responsible for channelizing these funds as per their requirements. The website will be updated continuously as details are established on the distribution of fund and on relief work that has reached the affected villages.

We would like to hear back from you. Please feel free to write back your comments and thoughts and provide us with your feedback at seattle@ashanet.org. If there are ideas and suggestions you have that might help us channelize our resources for the disaster victims in a better way, please let us know.

Thanking you in advance for your generous contributions,

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