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  • Peter McMinn
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      Life's a reach...
      ~~~ _/) ~~ _/) ~~~
      >From: cherney@...
      >To: Peter McMinn <petermcminn@...>
      >CC: MTURNER@..., jdeaustria@...,pwengappuly@..., wereposa@..., wsp_wip@...,maricellegarcia@..., mksdriftwood@...,rob_and_colleen@..., james.cohen@..., djdeaustr@...,gringos_en_peru@..., pharlem@...,andybrush@..., lambpeter@..., andrewbrush@...,edward_bartlett@..., virginia.s.volpe@...,TAdams@..., blindsley@...
      >Subject: RE: Ayubowan From Matt, he's fine
      >Date: Tue,  4 Jan 2005 11:03:08 -0600
      >
      >Hi All!
      >
      >Sorry to be negligent.  The holidays and everything.
      >
      >Oxfam sounds good and a group donation is a great idea.  What does each
      >individual need to do?
      >
      >I hope everyone is well, despite the devastation.  I talked to James the other
      >day.  He can't believe all that's happened either.  Is he included on the
      >list?  By the way, his wife is pregnant.
      >
      >Palitha I'm glad your family is safe.  I wonder, though, about Ranjan and
      >Ranjith's parent's guest house and restaurant in Hikkaduwa.  Does anyone
      >remember this place and these people?
      >
      >Let me know what the group has decided and how to pay.
      >
      >Julie
      >
      >Quoting Peter McMinn <petermcminn@...>:
      >
      > >
      > >
      > > Based on What Matt's observed, how about concentrating donations on
      > > Oxfam? I think you can specify "Asian Earthquake Fund" and add a
      > > comment that you want it to go to SL.
      > >
      > > https://secure.ga3.org/02/oxfamamerica[1]
      > >
      > > Peter
      > >
      > > Life's a reach...  ~~~ _/) ~~ _/) ~~~    >From: "MATTHEW TURNER"
      > > >To: "Peter McMinn" ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, >CC: ,,, >Subject: RE: Ayubowan
      > > From Matt, he's fine >Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2004 18:38:27 +0800 > >Hello
      > > everyone! >I just got back from Galle, I went down to help out with
      > > tourists who were still in the area. I can't even begin to describe
      > > the devistation that I saw.  Death was everywhere and the entire
      > > downtown of Galle is gone. Unawatuna is for the most part gone! GONE!
      > > It is surreal.  There were still a lot of dead bodies, and the major
      > > effort now centers on cleaning up the dead and providing safe
      > > drinking water.  I know Rob recommended Oxfam, and I totally agree!
      > > They have been airlifting water purification kits and sanitary
      > > toilets and the first deliveries were happening while I was in Galle.
      > > I am back in Colombo now, basically regrouping and seeing where I can
      > > help next.  The scene down south is also getting a little tense.
      > > There is a lot of looting by people going to their neighbors and
      > > taking what they want.  Also some bands of  young adults are
      > > resenting what they think was preferential treatment to the
      > > foriegners and a few people have been hurt. That is understandable,
      > > there is a lot of greif, anger and dismay.  The looting is sickining
      > > and very disturbing. >Anyhow, I will be here until Jan. 9th and will
      > > try to write some more before I leave. >Take care everyone! >Matthew
      > > > > -----Original Message----- > From: Peter McMinn
      > > [mailto:petermcminn@...] > Sent: Thu 12/30/2004 3:29 AM > To:
      > > jdeaustria@...; pwengappuly@...; wereposa@...;
      > > wsp_wip@...; maricellegarcia@...;
      > > mksdriftwood@...; rob_and_colleen@...;
      > > cherney@...; MATTHEW TURNER; james.cohen@...;
      > > djdeaustr@...; gringos_en_peru@...;
      > > pharlem@...; andybrush@...;
      > > lambpeter@... > Cc: andrewbrush@...;
      > > edward_bartlett@...; virginia.s.volpe@...;
      > > TAdams@... > Subject: RE: Ayubowan From Matt, he's fine > > >
      > > > The UNICEF site is actually
      > > http://www.unicefusa.org/site/pp.asp?c=duLRI8O0H&b=25933 . We can
      > > donate to a program at Support Tsunami Relief Efforts   . Of course
      > > individual contributions would be easier, but I think it would mean
      > > something to all of us if it could be a group effort. What ye all? >
      > > > Peter > > > > Life's a reach... > > ~~~ _/) ~~ _/) ~~~ > > > >
      > > >From: "Janet DeAustria"  > >Reply-To:  > >To: "'Peter McMinn'"
      > > ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, > >CC: ,,,"'Tom Adams'"  > >Subject: Ayubowan From
      > > Matt, he's fine > >Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2004 11:17:59 -0800 > > > >I'm
      > > adding Virginia, Andy, Chip & Tom. > > > > > > > >Hi Peter, > > >
      > > >Thanks for researching. I'm actually surprised we haven't heard from
      > > more of > >us but I suppose there's the holiday vacation.. > > > > >
      > > > > >-----Original Message----- > >From: Peter McMinn
      > > [mailto:petermcminn@...] > >Sent: Wednesday, December 29,
      > > 2004 10:36 AM > >To: pwengappuly@...; wereposa@...;
      > > jdeaustria@...; > >wsp_wip@...;
      > > maricellegarcia@...; mksdriftwood@...; >
      > > >rob_and_colleen@...; cherney@...;
      > > mturner@...; > >james.cohen@...; djdeaustr@...;
      > > gringos_en_peru@...; > >pharlem@...;
      > > andybrush@...; lambpeter@... > >Subject: Re: Ayubowan
      > > From Matt, he's fine > > > > > > > >Nothing like the worst disaster
      > > in history to bring together Batch 15! > >Carmie and I have been
      > > looking into various charities and actually it looks > >like UNICEF
      > > seems to have the most organized effort in Lanka. How about >
      > > >organizing a group contribution? Checkout www.  > >unicef.org > > >
      > > >Palitha, I am much relieved that your family seems to be ok, though,
      > > I'm > >certain you have many friends and extended family that might
      > > have had a > >worse time of it. Called Jayruwani, Barney's wife, the
      > > other day--just > >needed to speak with someone Sri Lankan. This
      > > hurts us all, but not as much > >as you expats. Please know you've
      > > got a network here, too! > > > >Matt! My god, you're there? We all
      > > want to know what your impressions are. I > >imagine it's tough to
      > > send photos, but if you have the tech, please do! > > > >All: Lets
      > > make a decision about a group donation. > > > >Peter > > > > > > > >
      > > > >Life's a reach... > > > >~~~ _/) ~~ _/) ~~~ > > > > >From:
      > > "Palitha Wengappuly"  > > > > >To: wereposa@...,
      > > jdeaustria@..., wsp_wip@..., >
      > > >maricellegarcia@..., mksdriftwood@..., >
      > > >rob_and_colleen@..., cherney@...,
      > > mturner@..., > >james.cohen@..., djdeaustr@...,
      > > gringos_en_peru@..., > >pharlem@...,
      > > andybrush@..., petermcminn@..., >
      > > >lambpeter@... > > > > >Subject: Re: Ayubowan From Matt, he's
      > > fine > > > > >Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2004 20:41:13 -0700 > > > > > > > > >
      > > >I haven't been able to contact my family directly yet.  The phones >
      > > > > > >were not working the last time I tried.  However I was able to
      > > > > > > >contact a friend on cell phone.  I asked him to check on my
      > > family > > > > >since he was going to Tangalla to check on his
      > > sister's family.  He > > > > >told me that my parents and one of the
      > > sisters who was visiting had > > > > >survived.  The flooding had
      > > stopped at about 300-400 yards from the > > > > >house they live in
      > > Tangalla. His sister's family survied by moving > > > > >to a safer
      > > area but everything in their house is gone.  The deaths > > > > >in
      > > Tangalla were about 300 at the time he talked to me.  There is > > >
      > > > >still more to find out about the other family members who live > >
      > > > > >elsewhere.  Thanks for asking. > > > > > > > > > >Regards! > > >
      > > > > > > > > >Palitha with Connie, Bella and Thalia > > > > > > > > >
      > > >>From: Wendy Saunders  > > > > >>To: jdeaustria@...,
      > > wsp_wip@..., C9191820@..., > > > > >>
      > > maricellegarcia@..., mksdriftwood@..., > > > >
      > > >>rob_and_colleen@..., cherney@..., > > > >
      > > >>mturner@...,  james.cohen@..., pwengappuly@...,
      > > > > > > >>"'D.J. DeAustria'" , gringos_en_peru@..., > > > >
      > > >>'Pamela Harlem' , andybrush@..., > > > >
      > > >>petermcminn@..., lambpeter@... > > > > >>Subject:
      > > Re: Ayubowan From Matt, he's fine > > > > >>Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2004
      > > 16:35:23 -0800 (PST) > > > > >> > > > > >>David, I agree that we need
      > > to do something, have been looking at > > > > >>various pleas for
      > > money -- from Rupavahini (think I spelled that > > > > >>wrong) to
      > > Red Cross, etc.  Ideas from all would be great.  Please > > > > >>let
      > > us know what news you can when you get there in Jan.  I know we > > >
      > > > >>are all thinking of friends, families, neighbors, and familiar >
      > > > > > >>haunts.  Any news would be greatly welcomed by all.  Our
      > > prayers > > > > >>for your safe travel and stay will be with you.  ~
      > > wendy > > > > >> > > > > >>Janet -  yeah, that is Dianne's address
      > > from our batch (17)...if > > > > >>you remember, she lived outside of
      > > Matara in Akuresa.  Tom Kelly in > > > > >>our batch was also
      > > stationed there at the AUC. > > > > >> > > > > >>Palitha?!-  Have you
      > > heard from your family members yet?  What is > > > > >>there
      > > situation?  Please let us know when you get the opportunity. > > > >
      > > >>We are praying for them and keeping you, Connie, and the girls in >
      > > > > > >>our thoughts. > > > > >> > > > > >> > > > > >> > > > >
      > > >>Janet DeAustria  wrote: > > > > >> > > > > >>Wendie & David, > > >
      > > > >> > > > > >>Thanks for the emails, sorry I forgot about our Juno
      > > email. I'm > > > > >>forwarding to other RPCV's. > > > > >> > > > >
      > > >>Ayubowan to everyone. I misplaced some other RPCV's emails if this
      > > > > > > >>can get passed on, reply, let us all know what you know.
      > > Wendie, > > > > >>thanks for the snaps. > > > > >> > > > > >>Matt,
      > > keep us posted. How's The Ottery? > > > > >> > > > > >>Is that David
      > > (the Marine) & Diane from Anna & Jessica's batch? > > > > >>Pass on
      > > the emails. > > > > >> > > > > >> > > > > >> > > > > >>Janet > > > >
      > > >> > > > > >> > > > > >> > > > > >> > > > > >> > > > > >> > > > > >>
      > > > > > > >>"I am in Sri Lanka now. I am in Colombo.  I have contacted
      > > the > > > > >>embassy to offer to help out, but have not heard back
      > > from them > > > > >>yet. I am fine, but the country is a mess. Galle
      > > was particularily > > > > >>hit very hard, the entire downtown area
      > > was destroyed, infact a lot > > > > >>of that footage is being shown
      > > on CNN. > > > > >> > > > > >>I will keep you posted, I might be
      > > heading down south tomorrow. > > > > >> > > > > >>Cheers, > > > > >>
      > > > > > > >>Matthew" > > > > >> > > > > >> > > > > >> > > > > >> > > >
      > > > >> > > > > >> > > > > >> > > > > >>   From David Bozetarnik: > > >
      > > > >> > > > > >>Hi all.  I'm sorry it takes something this terrible
      > > for me to > > > > >>write.  I'm sorry for not being a good letter
      > > writer. > > > > >> > > > > >> > > > > >> > > > > >>Anyway, by now you
      > > all will have seen the terrible scenes of the > > > > >>tsunami
      > > damage to Sri Lanka.  Fortunately, my family is fine. > > > >
      > > >>Nugegoda was not affected, and luckily they were at home doing some
      > > > > > > >>chores, instead of going south for the Christmas holiday.
      > > Amazing > > > > >>how something as mundane as unfinished housework to
      > > save one from > > > > >>disaster.  Right now, I'm watching the
      > > flooded bus stand in Matara > > > > >>on CNN.  Over 2,400 dead.
      > > Hundreds of thousands displaced.  I'm > > > > >>not quite sure yet
      > > what to do, but all of us have varying degrees > > > > >>of ties to
      > > Sri Lanka.  Either family, or host > > > >
      > > >>families/colleagues/friends from our Peace Corps days....From > > >
      > > > >>Paiyagala south and around up to Batticaloa/Trinco have been > >
      > > > > >>devastated.  I plan to donate what money I can either to the
      > > Sri > > > > >>lankan Red Cross or some other NGO (that has some
      > > degree of > > > > >>accountability and reputation) to help out.  I
      > > know we all have > > > > >>expenses, and it might not be easy, but I
      > > would like to ask if > > > > >>anyone else out there would like to
      > > help.  Surely > > > > >>  some of us can help to identify sources
      > > that we might be able to > > > > >>funnel money through.  I'm sure
      > > some of you know of former > > > > >>volunteers still in-country, or
      > > other contacts, that might advise > > > > >>us.  What do you think?
      > > I know that there were many of us working > > > > >>in Sri Lanka, and
      > > there are bound to be people we know/knew who > > > > >>have either
      > > lost their lives or been affected in some way by this > > > >
      > > >>disaster.  Let's put our heads together, shall we?  Please let me >
      > > > > > >>know.  I'm still working here in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  I'm
      > > going > > > > >>to Colombo on Jan 12 for 3 weeks. > > > > >> > > > >
      > > >>   Take care and best wishes from Saudi, > > > > >> > > > > >> > >
      > > > > >> > > > > >>    David Bozetarnik > > > > >> > > > > >> > > > >
      > > >> > > > > >> > > > > >> > > > > >> > > > > >> > > > > >>Janet
      > > DeAustria > > > > >> > > > > >> > > > > >> > > > > >> > > > > >> > >
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    • ds56860
      We ve made contributions to both Oxfam and UNICEF. Sounds like these two oganizations are on the line right now. However, I really like Andy s take on
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 4, 2005
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        We've made contributions to both Oxfam and UNICEF. Sounds like these
        two oganizations are on the line right now. However, I really like
        Andy's take on organizing efforts for the future, whether through
        donations or more direct means. Lanka will need plenty of assistance
        for decades, and obviously not just in the coastal areas.

        One positive outcome of all this is that more of the world is waking
        up to the South Asia region, and perhaps this will bode well for
        humanitarian efforts in Lanka and elsewhere.

        I just can't get over the numbers...practically 100,000 in Sumatra.

        Does anyone know the fate of our Una Watuna friends? What are avenues
        we can pursue to make those connections? I've been writing letters to
        host families, collegues, students. It's tough to know what to say.

        What to do?

        Peter McMinn
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