Re: [holistichelping] Safaricom-Red Cross Haiti Quake Disaster fund - no such fund in Kenya!!
- Dear ColleaguesThanks for your concern about the Haiti earthquake ... the event is catastrophic ... the global response encouraging.I have been circulating the following to as many of the organizations engaged or planing engagement in the rescue, relief or rebuilding in Haiti. I have been asked by several key people to do what I can to ensure that there is an adequate level of transparency and accountability ... and hopefully something meaningful will be implemented.///////////////////////////////////////////////////HAITI EMERGENCY ... TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY//////////////////////////////////////////////On Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 12:31 AM, Mark Roest <marklroest@...> wrote:
Last night Ben de Vries and I attended the Haiti Crisis bar-camp at Microsoft's Mountain View outpost. Google representatives and about 50 other people showed up.
We soon met a man who is getting together with some other members of the Haitian diaspora to try to organize it; his wife is from Haiti. He is Darwin G. Malloy, President & CEO, AboutScan, an "IT and professional services source," according to his card. His email is darwin@.... He was very receptive to what we told him, including about oneVillage Foundation and ways to use GIS.
If people have good resources, contacts or ideas, he would be a good person to share them with, as well as the wiki below.
I eventually found someone who told me that the place where a lot the programming work is being coordinated is www.crisiscommons.org. Ben and I wrote an addition to the wiki telling how to plant millet, sorghum and pigeon pea, to get in an emergency food supply for when the aid runs out. However, someone removed it and I have not yet tracked it down.
Someone also mentioned swiftriver and ushahidi on the radio today.
Mark RoestOn Sun, Jan 17, 2010 at 12:08 PM, George Nyongesa <grnyongesa@...> wrote:Dear All,I am writing to apologize to all of you that the MPESA number (508000) that I earlier circulated has apparently not been set up by Safaricom and Kenya Red Cross.I learnt of this number from colleagues with whom we had been discussing the need for we, the so called "3rd world", to be part of global relief effort for the Haiti quake disaster. There was also a KTN prime time news item that indicated this same number as having been set up by Safaricom in conjunction with Kenya Red Cross in order that Kenyans can be involved in the Haiti relief effort. Based on this (mis) information I circulated the number with an appeal message for Haiti quake victims.I also subsequently read and confirmed the same number in yesterday's, January 16, 2010 Daily Nation newspaper, page 18. In the newspaper article, Mr Abbas Gullet is reported as endorsing the fund that would assist victims of Wednesday's quake.However, my efforts to send my own contribution to the said number, were frustrated when it kept bouncing back as failed transaction. I called Safaricom customer care service only to learn that they were not aware of the existence of such a number!!!Questions that require answers: where did KTN prime and Nation newspaper get that information? The news item in the Nation newspaper stated that the Haiti disaster fund had been set up in conjuction with Kenya Red Cross: that leads me to inquire - are both Safaricom and the Red Cross aware that this kind of (mis) information is out here? What are they doing about it? I informed Safaricom customer care desk and even gave the page number that carried this news item. When shall we see an advertisement from Safaricom, KTN, Nation and Kenya Red Cross clarifying and warning Kenyans against such (mis)information?That said, I am apologetic for any inconvenience caused.Sincerely,George Nyongesa
--- On Fri, 1/15/10, Janet Feldman <kaippg@...> wrote:
From: Janet Feldman <kaippg@...>
Subject: Re: [Kptj-communications] What you can do about the Haiti Quake disaster/Ushahidi (Ory)
To: "George Nyongesa" <grnyongesa@...>, "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Cc: "Mwananchi@yahoogroups.com" <Mwananchi@yahoogroups.com>, "africa-oped" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Friday, January 15, 2010, 11:19 PMDear George and All,Immense thanks for your concern and caring! I have been doing networking and have access to a good amount of info hourly and daily coming from Haiti, as that is a country to which I have close personal links. What is needed most of all are donations, of any size. As one doctor said: "even $5 can be of enormous help."A number of donations possibilities exist, including using a cellphone to dial a 5-digit number, thus generating a contribution that is charged to your cellphone bill. I think the American Red Cross, Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti nonprofit, the Clinton Foundation, and others are all getting involved in this easy form of donation.I can try to gather this info (the 5-digit numbers) and post it. People can also check in with their own branch of international orgs like CARE and UNICEF, to see if you in Kenya, for example, could donate to relief in Haiti.I'm sure the Ushahidi Haiti site, which Ory Okolloh (Ushahidi founder) has just posted about, has a lot of this information. I'm so hoping that we can somehow, in the longer term, combine our efforts so that we can mount coordinated responses in crisis situations.Ushahidi will have some invaluable experience in a different hemisphere, and related to a natural disaster, as a result of their work in Haiti. George, Muthoni, myself, Fahamu founders and staff, Minciu Sodas, and many others will have something valuable to add from our own work in peace-and-conflict related situations.To be able to channel global support into a local situation could help to save lives and bring relief, and there are so many people around the world who want to help, but don't know how. This is the wave of the future: people taking care of each other, helping to be responsible for one another, no matter where we live, who we are, or how we identify.It is so heartening that people and groups the world over are coming together in this situation. That is what gives hope for the future, and can make a difference in the present time. Thanks again and I'll be back soon with more! Blessings and very best wishes, Janet (Feldman, kaippg@...)
From: George Nyongesa
Sent: Jan 15, 2010 2:47 AM
Subject: [Kptj-communications] What you can do about the Haiti Quake disaster
You have seen it on CNN or any other cable news: The Haiti Quake disaster.
I think we can do something and we should join in with others in the global effort support relief and recovery in Haiti. For instance, we can MPESA or SMS help etc. Any other simple ideas on what we can do? Please drop an email. We can get that help to Haiti through some reputable international NGOs working in Africa.Any reputable international NGO up to give us ideas?
George Nyongesa, Kenya
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