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Practical Idea to help Earthquake Victims

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  • Rajesh Shah
    Hi Krishna Jain has suggested an elegant practical idea that would help the victims immediately. The idea is in 3 parts:- A)Part 1 1) Encourage local people
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 2, 2001
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      Hi
       
      Krishna Jain has suggested an elegant practical idea that would help the victims immediately.
       
      The idea is in 3 parts:-
      A)Part 1
      1)  Encourage local people to provide accommodation for the homeless.
      2)  Encourage Guest Houses (Dharmshalas) to take in the homeless.
       
      B) Part 2
      To bring those who wish to help and those who need help, the local aid organisations should list both and ensure that the vulnerable are not exploited.
       
      C) Part 3
      Both private individuals and dharmshalas that take in earthquake victims should be given financial support.
       
      This could be done in 2 ways:-
      1) by the aid organisations generally
      2) by individuals sponsoring individuals or families
       
      The cost of sponsoring the accommodation will be trivial by western standards.  Just $50 to 100/month should be more than enough to accommodate and feed an entire family.
       
      While we definitely want and need the whole world to help, imagine if the 1,000,000 Gujratis in the UK and the US, sponsored just one individual's accommodation each. It will help immensely with the immediate problems while Kutch is reconstructed. 
       
      If you feel there is merit in this idea, perhaps you could start people and aid organisations thinking about it and setting up lists immediately so that overseas (and local) people can start sponsoring individual and families.  I know there are meetings taking place all round the world this week-end to find ways of helping the victims in the short and long term.  You may like to consider this suggestion at your meeting and even ask people to register their interest in sponsoring a family.
       
      One additional benefit is that those who have lost all their family in addition to their homes would realise that they are not alone if they were living with a family.  This may help to ease the emotional pain.
       
      Sorry for the wide circulation but it is such an elegant idea, it has to be tried!
       
      Jai Jinendra
      Rajesh
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