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Friday 31 December 2004

FROM PUNE : 31ST DECEMBER

WISH YOU GOODLUCK IN THE NEW YEAR- FRIENDS, BLOGGERS TEAM, DONORS AND CONTRIBUTORS. LET'S KEEP THE EFFORT GOING! VIJAYA
Tsunami Disaster: MAITRI Response
Appeal: No. 3 : 31st December 2004…….. 1110 hrs
Light a candle in the gathering darkness…
You all are aware about the disaster caused by Tsunami in Asia. Media is updating you about it and you must have gone through our earlier appeals.
Our volunteers, who are trained in working in similar difficult situations, are now in the affected area around the coastline of Tamil Nadu. They worked in Chennai slums for a while, distributed basic materials such as rice packets and blankets collected in Pune and helped the work of cleaning the environment. They are now moving towards more needy villages across the coastline where there is need to provide immediate relief. Thanks for your support till now.
What is the situation now?
Rescue operations are still on ….. finding out missing people is underway ….. people are living in temporary shelters without basic amenities… safe drinking water facilities need to be built and properly maintained …. That is the top priority….though food is being supplied there is a growing danger of epidemics as sanitation situation is appalling … basic health care needs to be provided…. Trauma counselling needs to be organized to ensure that people don’t get further demoralised.…. Temporary housing needs to be provided ….. …… children, aged, pregnant women and mothers need special care ….
Who is doing what?
Government machinery is beginning to get organized….. International Aid agencies are assessing the situation, providing critical care…. The army is being mobilised…… there is a serious shortage of experienced personnel having training in disaster management …. the demand for volunteers is going to be enormous……….. now and later…………
What can we do?
Though Government machinery and International Aid Agencies have might, it is not sufficient. We, civil society, also have an important role.
MAITRI, who has clear mandate in working in disasters, and has some trained and experienced volunteers who worked after Bhuj Earthquake, is working towards making some difference.
We propose to help the rehabilitation process by providing temporary shelters with basic amenities at very specific and needy locations. We need to think of next phase and plan well and while doing so we intend to work with local non-Governmental organizations who know the situation better. With this we believe we could also influence the efforts of Government and International Donor Agencies.
Do not think that you cannot do anything, you certainly can make a difference. We cannot sit and watch this horrifying situation. Here is what you can do……….
If you know about basic health care, first aid, setting up quick water and sanitation facilities, can speak in Tamil and can spend at least 10-15 days, then we need your time right NOW! Contact us immediately. All volunteers will be selected and oriented by trained emergency relief experts before they leave.
If you know people who have these skills set and are willing to work in most difficult situations, ask them to get in touch with us.
Share this mail with your friends, talk to them and encourage them to come forward and give us your feedback or if any suggestions you have.
If you know somebody in Srilanka, who can help our volunteers then let us know. If possible we are trying to arrange technical and trained volunteers to the most needy situation.
We need to send rice to the affected……….. in 500 gram sealed packets for easy distribution………
We need blankets……………….
If you can share some of these financial requirements, send us your contribution. Our presence in the field will ensure that your contribution makes a difference in the lives of people. Send your cheques or drafts, in favour of "MAITRI"
to
‘Kalyan’,32, Natraj Society, Karvenagar, PUNE 411 052.
You contribution in kind can be handed over to our volunteers at Padale Palace, near Nal Stop, off Karve Road between 1700 hrs and 2000 hrs….. every day…….. the moment we get one truck load we will dispatch the same to the affected areas………..
Contact us at
vinitat@vsnl.com or jayuanil@vsnl.net
Vinita: 094225 21702 or Jayashree 098231 38888
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE………… A SMALL CONTRIBUTION FROM YOU WILL MEAN A LOT TO THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST ALL HOPE……………
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