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Wednesday 29 December 2004

Donate from the United States

List of agencies you can donate to from the United States:


Source: Christian Science Monitor, Dec 29, 2004 Edition

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Blogger awu said :

You can also donate to "American Red Cross Disaster Relief" at Amazon.com.

Wed Dec 29, 10:25:00 AM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

One more organization that might be really worth considering .. This organization is also going to match every dollar donated upto $50000.


Wed Dec 29, 10:57:00 AM IST  
Blogger Vijay Vemulapalli said :

On December 26, a large part of the coastline of India was devastated by a deadly Tsunami, causing immense damage to life, land and property.

Official estimates put the human casualties at around 8500 in India and more than 65,000 in the South / South East Asian Region and the United Nations has said that this could prove to be the costliest natural disaster the world has seen so far.

Vibha to kick of its relief efforts has sanctioned an immediate release of $5000 to fund relief operations and has started fund raising efforts for relief and rehabilitation of the affected communities. Vibha requests donors to contribute (tax deductible in the US) to the campaign at

Three Vibha Projects have also been affected by this natural calamity. Vidyarambam, a pre-school program with centers all over Coastal Tamil Nadu is currently struggling to find information about 300 children and five teachers who are part of the program in Poompuhar and Thirumalaivasal. RSO, a toddler home supported by Vibha is located in a community of about 4000 people primarily engaged in fishing and this area has had extensive property damage. Currently Vidyarambam, Makkal Palli Iyakkam/Tamil Nadu Science Foundation (both in collaboration with AID-India) and RSO are working towards relief activities in affected communities.

The projects have already started emergency relief measures such as providing drinking water, food and blankets to the affected people. However, a major part of the activity is to get the affected communities back to normalcy and provide for emergency healthcare and nutrition – food, water and vaccinations for children and adults. The exact monetary requirements for the same will be known over the next few days, but we do know that every dollar and cent contributed to this campaign will be utilized because the long-term rehabilitation aspect will be extremely difficult as a lot of fishing villages have been wiped out without any trace.

Vibha’s Tsunami Emergency Relief Campaign Website is http://www.vibha.org/emergencyrelief

Donations for the Vibha Tsunami Emergency Relief Campaign can be made at:

Donors can also mail their checks to:
1030 E El Camino Real #424
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Make Checks Payable to: “Vibha”, Memo: “Tsunami Emergency”

Contributions to Vibha are Tax Deductible in the US.

Vibha TM is a volunteer managed, US based 501 (c) (3) registered Non Profit Organization with over 15 action centers. Vibha’s vision is to ensure that every underprivileged child attains his or her right to education, health and opportunity. Vibha has supported over 130 child development projects in India and the US, impacting over a hundred thousand underprivileged children.

Thu Dec 30, 02:47:00 AM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

Practical info to help from New York/Connecticut area:

Fri Dec 31, 05:49:00 AM IST  
Blogger someone else said :

Please consider carefully before giving to IDRF. Source: http://www.stopfundinghate.org/resources/atdfaq.htm

1.Why are you trying to prevent IDRF, HSS, VHPA and Sewa International from raising money for Tsunami relief?

We are not "trying to prevent" anyone from donating to any organization they wish to give their money to. We just want donors to know that by contributing to the India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF) or other organizations such as the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), Sewa International (SI, not to be confused with Seva Foundation) or the Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA), they are in effect providing funds to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (sometimes translated as National Volunteer Corps, but most commonly referred to as the RSS). Now the RSS is not just any sectarian organization, but one that actively spreads anti-minority hatred, has immense reach in India, and a long history of fomenting violence against religious and cultural minorities in India [[1]].

If donors are interested in ensuring that (a) all people affected by the tsunami receive relief and rehabilitation support, irrespective of their particular caste, religion or cultural affiliation, and that (b) relief and rehabilitation work is not used to create long-term divisions and animosity by manipulating communities already made vulnerable by this catastrophe, THEN giving money to sectarian organizations such as the RSS would indeed be a very bad idea. On the other hand, by giving to organizations that have a track record of being transparent and free of the politics of hate, donors would ensure that their money is used to help people and communities based on their needs rather than based on what their religious beliefs or caste affiliations happen to be. But of course, if you agree with the RSS' agenda of creating long term communal/caste divisions in the guise of providing relief, we are not the ones you eventually have to answer to.

2.But IDRF is raising money for many different organizations. Do you mean to say that all of these organizations are affiliated to the RSS?

No. Of the long list of Indian organizations that IDRF purports to support, only Sewa Bharati (TN and Kerala), Jana Sankshema Samiti and Vivekananda Kendra are clearly identified as RSS affiliates. In which case, you may well ask, why do we claim that IDRF raises money for the RSS? For that, let's take a look at IDRF's history.

a) CSFH has documented that from the years 1994 to 2000, IDRF raised over $4 million for more than 180 groups. These groups included a whole spectrum of organizations, including some that were secular. However, IDRF chose to disburse over 80% of the funds in its control to RSS groups [[2]]. A long list of non-RSS organizations by itself is meaningless if the bulk of the funds are
going to go to member organizations of the Sangh [[3]].

b) Orissa cyclone, 1999: Right after the Orissa cyclone, IDRF raised money for 18 different organizations of which only 3 were prominent RSS affiliated groups (Sookruti, Utkal Bipanna Sahayata Samiti and Bhau Rao Deoras Rashtriya Seva Nyas). However, of the $410,700 that IDRF disbursed for relief and rehabilitation efforts following the cyclone, just these 3 RSS affiliates together received over 40% of the funds ($163,000) [[4]].

c) Gujarat Earthquake, 2001: At the time of this disaster, IDRF raised $1,352,940 for 17 different groups. However, in this case again, just one organization -- RSS's main service front, Sewa Bharati -- got over 56% ($760,000) of the total earthquake funds [[5]].

With this history, we can only surmise that this time too, a disproportionately large share of IDRF's funds will go to Sewa Bharati and other RSS-affiliates. From the very beginning, IDRF has focused almost exclusively on the Sangh groups, listing them in its first press release and then publishing Sewa Bharati reports on its website on a nearly daily basis, each extolling readers to donate to Sewa Bharati. All of this lends credibility to our claims that IDRF is seeking to line the coffers of the RSS with this disaster as well.

3. What is wrong with the Sewa Bharati?

Before we go into that, it is useful to note that the RSS, the apex organization of the Sangh Parivar, [[6] lacks the most rudimentary features of a legitimate public organization in India, such as being registered with the government, having a bank account, or filing tax returns. Although it is all over the public space in India, organizationally, the RSS prefers to remain secretive and shadowy and operates in large part through front organizations run by trained swayamsevaks. [[7]] As mentioned in the response to question 2 above, Sangh organizations such as the IDRF have a history of using tragedies to raise funds for RSS activities in India.

That Sewa Bharati is an RSS affiliate is undeniable. Besides the fact that Sewa Bharati Tamil Nadu is housed in the same office as the Southern Region branch of the RSS, [[8]] it is also the RSS' preferred vehicle for Sewa (service) activities. For instance, if you go to the RSS' homepage (www.rss.org) and click the tab for its Sewa activity, the organization you land with is Sewa Bharati. Elsewhere, the RSS openly declares Sewa Bharati as its main service organization. [[9]] Given all this, IDRF's privileging of Sewa Bharati comes as no surprise.

While Sewa Bharati officially claims its "thrust areas" to be education, health and self help, a brief glance at some of the material published by the RSS [[10]] itself shows that Sewa Bharati's fundamental mission is that of Hinduization. We must be clear that Hinduization, Islamization or Christianization, has nothing to do with relief, rehabilitation or development and should not even be a side effect. Unfortunately, with the RSS, this is often the main effect.

In Madhya Pradesh, where Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram (a Sangh organization implicated in the Gujarat pogroms [11]]) and Sewa Bharati Madhya Pradesh were the biggest beneficiaries of IDRF [[12]], the Madhya Pradesh government banned Sewa Bharati for its involvement in the violence against the Christian minority. [13]] Sewa Bharati has also been banned for planning to "stir racial hatred" in Ayodhya. [[14]]

Given its dubious past, it's clear that any donations to Sewa Bharati will, far from helping the victims of the current disaster, only sow the seeds for a future disaster.

4. Aren't the Tamil Nadu fisherfolk communities largely Christian? What influence can the Sangh have there?

That is exactly where the problem lies. It is true that there is a very significant dalit Christian population among the effected communities, but the Sangh, through its Tamil Nadu front - The Hindu Munnani - has been trying to divide that community along religious lines for the last decade. The Hindu Munnani is most active in Tamil Nadu amongst the fisherfolk communities.

With the funds coming to the Sangh in the name of disaster relief, the Munnani will be able to launch aggressive campaigns against the dalit Christians and the Sangh would have created a new potentially explosive situation just as it did so successfully in Orissa and Gujarat.

Do we want the situation in Kutch to be reproduced in coastal Tamil Nadu? (such as rebuilding temples and crematoriums and not rebuilding mosques and churches; such as discriminating against Dalits and Muslims in the rebuilding of houses). More importantly, the problem has never been of a single instance of discrimination. With such discriminatory use of resources, the RSS entered these villages in Kutch and established itself there with a consolidated power base. This meant that from then on, the RSS, could as part of the daily life of the village mount an aggressive campaign against the minorities, culminating sometimes in open threats and violence.

5.Why are you against Hindu organizations and not against Muslim/Christian groups? (After all, Catholic Relief Services has gotten the largest relief package going.)

We are not against Buddhist or Christian or Hindu or Muslim or Sikh or any other religious organizations. We are ONLY against organizations that use religious and caste ideology to foment hatred and violence, and the Sangh is the worst offender in this regard.

Various religious bodies, including temple, mosque and church-based groups, are doing tremendous work in the tsunami effected areas without differentiating between followers of different faiths. In fact we believe that when a catastrophe like the tsunami happens, groups centered around places of worship have more immediate access to the communities they are based in, and are sometimes able to deliver immediate relief faster than anybody else. In contrast, groups like the RSS use these crisis moments instrumentally to spread hate, anger and the fear of other communities.

While we agree that it is important to oppose all such organizations, not least the fundamentalist Christian and Muslim groups, who wait in the wings to pounce whenever tragedy strikes, it is far more important to confront and expose the RSS in India because it is exponentially more powerful than any other such exclusionist organization.

6. OK fine, the IDRF is part of the Sangh and the Sangh is violent at times. But they also do good work during crises such as this tsunami, so why should I not support them in their good work? Are you not obstructing the relief and rehabilitation of people who have been hurt by trying to prevent IDRF, HSS, VHPA and Sewa International from getting donations for the Tsunami relief?

We should not let ourselves get fooled by the false dichotomy of "good work" versus "bad work." The fact is, as explained above, the Sangh becomes particularly active when natural disasters strike, because it sees natural disasters as golden opportunities to gain a hold over communities undergoing tremendous human suffering by performing "good work." It then stays around and slowly destroys the soul of the community by continually injecting its poison of divisions and hatreds that eventually explode in violence.

Not giving money to the Sangh is in no way going to obstruct the relief and rehabilitation of any of the communities suffering from the destruction wrought by the tsunami. Please remember that the Sangh does not provide any particular access to any of these communities; there are a host of grass-roots groups who not only have transparent operations and secular values, but also have a long history of working with these communities and do not manipulate or use a crisis situation to advance sectarian agendas. Donors can find lists of agencies at many sites, including at CSFH's site (www.stopfundinghate.org), of US-based organizations connected to such grass-roots operations in India. The list provided by CSFH is just a small sample of such groups and includes organizations that have a wide range of people at their helm--from former US President Clinton to business executives to development activists--and are able to deliver relief without sowing the seeds of hatred. We do not recommend any particular agency or organization, donors must choose the ones they are most comfortable with, but we are certainly saying that the organizations we list, and we cannot stress this enough, will not create conditions of hatred and violence, unlike those affiliated to the RSS.


[1] See http://www.hrw.org/reports/1999/indiachr; http://www.hrw.org/reports/2002/india

[2] See http://stopfundinghate.org/sacw/appendixh.html

[3] The Sangh Parivar, usually just called the Sangh, is the 'family' of organizations either directly controlled by the RSS or owing allegiance to it and following its ideology.

[4] See 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 annual reports of the IDRF: http://web.archive.org/web/20021021181836/http://www.idrf.org/idrfRep00/AnnualReport00.html, http://web.archive.org/web/20021021181836/http://www.idrf.org/frontpage/annual_report.html

[5] http://www.letindiadevelop.org/thereport/appendixi.html

[6] See footnote 3.

[7] Swayamsevaks are the volunteers of the RSS.

[8] See http://www.rss.org/New_RSS/Organisation/OrganisationStructure.jsp; http://www.hindu.org/aid-relief/

[9] See H. V. Seshadri, former RSS General Secretary, as quoted in http://www.hindubooks.org/Vision/ch7.html

[10] Ibid.

[11] See http://www.awaazsaw.org/c4script.htm

[12] Together, these two groups received more than half a million dollars, while the rest of the organizations got less than a tenth of that. See http://stopfundinghate.org/sacw/appendixh.html

[13] See http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/FC03Df03.html

[14] See http://www.sewainternational.com/download/Sunday-mercury%20_Adam%20Patel.pdf

Wed Jan 05, 08:39:00 PM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

* "The Hindu organizations most responsible for violence against Christians are the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council, VHP), the Bajrang Dal,and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (National Volunteer Corps, RSS). According to a former RSS member, these groups cannot be divorced from the ruling BJP party: "There is no difference between the BJP and RSS. BJP is the body. RSS is the soul, and the Bajrang Dal is the hands for beating."
[ http://www.hrw.org/press/1999/sep/christians.htm ]

* "The groups most directly involved in the violence against Muslims include the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council, VHP), the Bajrang Dal, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that heads the Gujarat state government. Collectively, they are known as the sangh parivar, or family of Hindu nationalist organizations."
[ http://www.hrw.org/press/2002/04/gujarat.htm ]

As evidence of IDRF-funded RSS-indoctrination, see

In case you don't identify the two thugs on this photo, they're the same as those on http://www.rss.org

Sun Jan 09, 03:22:00 PM IST