Sunday, January 02, 2005

this was sent out on the APOC list by M.Mayuran Tiruchelvam; I agree
that a lot of the major "charities" probably do not have the capacities to understand how to help the natives of the regions most affected. It's far better to try and find more specific organizations that actually have ties to the communities in the areas.

i really wouldn't give money to the Red Cross, as the take a lot out of the donation to pay their bloated bureacratic costs. here is some info on local charities, other more progressive international groups, and upcoming events to support the survivors.Please pass on infoPlease read the e-mail below from the Diaspora Flow. Diaspora Flow is a bad ass 4 year old non-profit social change org for people of color in Minneapolis. Both directors of Diaspora Flow are Sri Lankan American. I have great trust in the organization.Please Read................

If you have questions about the fund, please feel free to contact us by email at or call us at thenumbers below. Thank you for your time.
Pradeepa- (co-director of D'Flow) 612-237-7670
Chamindika- (co-director of D'Flow) 651-489-8393
Vinothini (Vino) -Board Member 763-443-1320
Amirthini (Amu) -Board Member 763-639-6833
Diaspora FlowSri Lanka Relief FundAlso a group of progressive NYC Sri Lankan activists are currently organizing means to send money and resources to grass roots, community based groups and activists in Sri Lanka. Many of the groups are in severely affected areas where infrastructure is less and relief is slow to reach. More info to come.

SAVE the DATE!: January 15thBENEFIT for progressive Sri Lankan relief effortsEMBORA Movement and Wellness Studio900 Fulton St.,
Brooklyn 8pm
Performers include
Mango Tribe's Varuni Tiruchelvam and Marian Yalini Thambynayagammuch,
much luv marian

Greengrants to Match Donations to Tsunami Relief Effort -- Greengrants to Match Donations to Tsunami Relief Effort. Greengrants will also match the first $5,000 donated. We have a pre-existing relationship with the two organizations listed below, which allows for quick and easy transfer of funds. And we are currently working to identify groups in India that can accept immediate funds for relief efforts as well.
Sri Lankan Relief Effort The Saviya Development Foundation in Galle, Sri Lanka will respond tothe devastation caused by the Tsunami by providing relief resources tothe 25 refugee centers along the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Saviyawill use donations to supply food and water to families in the area whohave lost their homes and property, support medical efforts at therefugee centers, and to resolve local residential problems. In the past,Saviya has received Greengrants funds to restore and preserve the Madu Ganga wetlands, and to engage local school children in this process.- Sumatra Relief Effort WALHI (Friends of the Earth Indonesia), has established the Indonesian Civil Society Coalition for the Victims of Earthquake and Tsunami to provide aid to the victims. The coalition has set up crisis centers in Jakarta and Medan, North Sumatra. All funds received will be allocatedfor emergency response as well as the post-emergency phase of rebuilding and restoration of shattered livelihoods. WALHI has received funding from Greengrants to protect forests in Indonesia. Daily updates on the relief effort in Sumatra are available at:
Global Greengrants' Fund is a U.S. 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and will match the first $5,000 donated to this special relief effort.100% of Tsunami Fund donations will be sent to these relief efforts.Greengrants' U.S. tax ID number is: 84-1612422- Credit Card Donations. To contribute using a credit card, visit and click on the "donate now" button. Pleasenote that the donation is on behalf of the Tsunami Fund.- Check. Checks mailer and post-marked by December 31, 2004 areeligible for a tax deduction in 2004.
Contributions after December 31,will be deductible for 2005.
Mail checks to:
Global Greengrants Fund -Tsunami Fund,
2840 Wilderness Place Suite E
Boulder, CO 80301- Wire Transfers.

To send funds via wire transfer:
Account Name: GlobalGreengrants Fund;
account number: 558-611-8597; SWIFT code: WFBIUS6S;and routing number: 121 000 248.
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