Liz and Steve who trekked in us to Everest and Ama Dablam basecamp with Dan
Mazur live and work in Chennai which was badly damaged by the Tsunami
Subject: one way to help
Yesterday, Steve and I went out to Olcott Kuppam, the
fishing village where he teaches 5th and 6th Standard (grade) students. We got
off the bus and walked towards the beach. There were police everywhere, and
people were running from the beach with bags of their possessions. Apparently,
there was a warning of another tsunami coming, and the authorities were
evacuating everyone along the coast. We made our way towards Steve's school,
and found many of his students. We learned that much of their village was
destroyed, many of them were homeless, but there were very few deaths. One
child lost her grandmother, another man reported that his father had died.
The children seemed so resilient--they talked of their loss
of home so casually. Perhaps because they have so little to begin with or
perhaps it still seemed an adventure to be camping out at the high school
grounds. In spite of all their losses, one child gave us each one of his
precious cookies; another offered us some of their limited drinking water. We
felt so humbled by this generosity. All the children were so happy that Steve
The day after the tsunami hit, Margeret, the headmistress of
the school, had come and personally gone around making an inventory of all the
children, assuring that all were alive. The NGO where she and Steve work was
at the high school, organizing relief efforts in terms of food and water, and
helping the families to decide where to relocate. The stretch of coast where
they lived is no longer an option, and the government will only provide a
small amount of money for families to rebuild.
Many of you have written asking where you can help. There
are so many organizations working to provide relief to the survivors. One
suggestion if you want to help in southern India, is to donate to Asha (the
NGO mentioned above). The website to learn more about their work and make a
Wishing you all peace this New Year.
Liz Stevens, MSW. India Project Manager.
I-TECH--International Training & Education Center on HIV
2.) Gyanendra Ghale who works for the WHO and helps with KRK
Dear all, I am dr. aruna uprety from chennai and
working for Oxfam as a health adviser. I just had an assessment of the
area. The medical team from the government and the Private hospital is doing a
good job now.
They will need more support in later phase for shelter,
water etc. I will be available to give you any details we have here . please
let me know. aruna uprety .
Dear Dr. Aruna, Thanks for replying. Our friends would be
pleased to hear from you about the first hand ground situation.
Yes, people need more help in the later phase of the
situation, especially in the rehabilitation and reconstruction phases.
Take care and best regards, Gyanendra
Note there are many good places to give... here is one..
As you all are aware that thousands of people
have been killed and injured by the recent Tsunami hit in coastal areas in
India and in several South Asian nations. As we do care of these needy people,
let us try to help them as much as possible.
W all agree with this idea of helping the
needy people we can do so through one of the NGOs that are already active "on
ground" providing much needed relief support to the victims. The one I know of
is a Dutch NGO called "Medecins Sans Frontiers and whose Head of Mission is
called Mr. Stuart Zimble (who is a husband of my collegues working in WHO) and
their website address is: www.msf.org. If some financial support can be
solicited and collected from our mountain lovers and KFK's supporters through
everestnews.com, that can be channeled to India office through their head
office based in Europe.
Stuart is already in the ground providing
help to the victims..
Have a happy new year 2005 to you all.
Gyanendra (December 2004)
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