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Monday 10 January 2005

The Givers

"Last week's devastating South Asian tsunami struck parts of the world poorly equipped to predict or prepare for the coming of such a disaster—but it struck at a time when the rest of the world was uniquely poised to help," writes David Wallace-Wells in the online magazine Slate. "Three years after the sometimes lackluster, sometimes bungled Internet fund-raising campaign that followed Sept. 11 (Internet donations were only about 5 percent of the total raised), the reflexive response to the tsunami, in the last days of December, will likely be remembered as a remarkable finale to a year of historic growth for Internet fund raising."

"By Thursday," he continues, "10 days after the disaster, American relief agencies had raised more than $245 million, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The American Red Cross alone has raised more than $106 million, $57 million through its Web site ($15 million of which was contributed by 180,000 Amazon customers). UNICEF has received $20 million from 150,000 online donations. Oxfam America received 80 percent of its $15 million online. The American branch of Doctors Without Borders has raised $16 million through Internet donations. The Chronicle features a list of 55 major corporations that have donated a total of $110 million in cash, medicine, and relief material. (Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer alone contributed $25 million worth of medicine.) The total figure donated by private sources is fast approaching the $350 million in public money President Bush pledged last week."

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Blogger N said :

I must say the figures of Internet fund-raising astounded me! It's great to see so many people helping out, no matter how small the contribution is.

My thoughts and prayers are with those who suffered from this tragedy.

Mon Jan 10, 08:21:00 PM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

It is brilliant how the british public and other countries are raising money for the Survivors of the Tsunami to help them rebuild their Livelihood that was destroyed on boxin day.

My thoughts go out to the children that have lost all their family members and are left with nothing :(

Thu Jan 13, 01:59:00 AM IST