Calling all fundraisers in India
Support the Tsunami relief NOW!
Often we in the voluntary sector plan successful
fundraising drives and media campaigns for our own
causes and organisations. It's time now to initiate
some fundraising and media coverage in support of
voluntary sector/ NGO initiatives working for the
Tsunami disaster relief.
It is estimated that the Tsunami disaster has claimed
over 60,000 lives and the livelihoods of millions of
people have been shattered. But Sri Lanka and
Indonesia have had it worse than us in India, as we
are equipped with the skills and resources to respond
to immediate and long-tern rehabilitation and
reconstruction needs of the affected communities.
The Government, political parties and the corporate
sector are responding; but it is also right that all
over India, voluntary organisations take immediate
steps to provide relief. Indeed our own voluntary
organisations are likely to be a key source of caring
and humanitarian support to communities over the
coming months and years.
Here are just a few examples of how some voluntary
organisations have responded:
The Environment Support Group, Bangalore has formed a
network with five NGOs and some colleges, to
coordinate efforts and organise a march for collecting
relief material from various parts of Bangalore.
Sristi, Ahmedabad, in coordination with IIM (A), has
raised Rs 50,000 in one day and sent three ambulances
to Tsunami affected areas. They are also organising a
cultural programme on 6 January 2005 to raise funds.
The Sumanahalli Society has sent a team of three
nurses, two social workers and three volunteers to
Cuddalore, with medicines worth Rs. 1 lakh, clothes
GiveIndia, Mumbai, has set up a Rehabilitation Fund to
support initiatives to help those affected by the
Tsunami. 100% of the funds raised for this purpose
will be disbursed for relief and rehabilitation of the
Skillshare International - India, Delhi, is sending
healthcare professionals to Tamil Nadu. They have also
tied up with Jet Airways for transporting relief
materials to the affected areas.
Goonj, Delhi has initiated 'Rahat Tsunami' and
activated its centres all over India to collect
materials and cash donations from the public. The
first batch of materials is to be dispatched to
Chennai in a day.
Citizen's Initiative, a network of 31 NGOs in Gujarat,
has done a rapid assessment of the situation in Tamil
Nadu and set up a rescue and relief center at Chennai.
A mobile clinic has been sent to Chennai and now other
materials and donations are being collected.
Maitri, Pune, has already raised Rs 1.5 lakh and is
sending volunteers to Chennai.
The Bridge Foundation, Bangalore has tied up with the
local taxi service to pick up materials from
individuals and then dispatched to Chennai.
Rural Development Trust, Anantapur has already sent 5
relief teams to Tamil Nadu to provide relief and
We now request you to immediately initiate fundraising
drives to raise resources for this disaster. And
please let us know what you do so that we can spread
There are numerous organisations already at work
especially in Tamil Nadu. Support organisations you
know or support the work of The Tsunami-South India
NGO Coordination Cell, Chennai.
Tsunami-South India NGO Coordination Cell
No 4, Sathalvar Street
Chennai 600 037
Phone (Off) +91 44 26244211, 26357854
Fax (Off) + 91 44 26250315
Coordinator Mr Jacob Dharamraj (+91 98402 21710/
NGO Cell admin.: Mr R Mohan (+91 93801 25945)
Circulated by: MCC � Murray Culshaw Consulting
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