4Update- Jan 31, evening- crucial developments
- Jan 31, 2001Wednesday, 31 January 2001
Within hours of our despatch this morning, the email we sent out at had
spread like wildfire across the world; it has kept up the momentum and our
spirits. Keep the message moving. We�ve received a lot of emails in the past
few hours in support of what we�ve managed to accomplish thus far, to keep
up the work and not to stop these updates. I�m keeping this very short
because it was never our intention to bother you with too many messages.
The main updates on the site are listed below. We've modified our
arrangement so that you can choose to donate to any one of the four NGOs
under our banner and do not have to give a blanket cheque for all of them.
The updates also include two letters written from the people in Gujarat, one
from a survivor to his mother, the other from a colleague working on the
ground who has just returned from Kutch, the worst affected region. The next
update will not be sooner than 24 hrs. from now, and that too only if
necessary, unless an emergency arises.
We�ve received news that supplies are rotting outside Bhuj due to excess
inflow and need to be diverted to Anjar and Bachao which are experiencing
severe shortage. There is no transport to move them from Bhuj. Please keep
this in mind when sending your despatches. Ham units from Bachao have
reported news of shoot on site orders in Bhuj to stop crowds from rioting
for excess supplies.
Also the Government of Gujarat has been harassing ham operators to obtain
permits, that too from an address which no longer exists, at times like this
it is senseless. The Bombay circle is ready to quit in disgust. We�d request
the officials concerned to please ease off. The Ham network is providing a
valuable service in this crisis and must not be hindered.
Following the first posting of our monetary donation system page this
morning, on http://www.geocities.com/growthcircle/ngolist.htm a few donors
have written in to say that they would not like to contribute to all 4
self-help organisations we have identified, but only to one or two from the
list. Though we have posted a recommended allocation, and we vouch
completely for all the NGOs under our banner, and you have our word on it,
we do understand that people may be concerned about their authenticity
irrespective of our assurance. Most of these NGOs find it difficult to
access funds when they need them most, which is all the more reason we need
to support them, so do not let this be a reason for you not to give to any
one of them. We�ve modified our system accordingly to allow you to choose,
please select the NGO/NGOs you are comfortable with and send your donations
in for them alone if you feel so to IREF/our collection centre or the NGO
itself. Overseas donors must add the name of the NGO on their instrument.
More detailed instructions are on the relevant page for International Donors
via this link http://www.geocities.com/growthcircle/ngopayworld.htm . Do
remember to send us a short message at growth@... as to what
the amount was, to whom it was directed and where it was sent to, so as to
allow us to monitor the flow of funds.
New pages, links on main page
We�ve added these two pages to allow you, wherever you are in the world to
share some of the hope and emotion of people in Gujarat through their own
Eyewitness Kutch: letter from a volunteer in the field
From a son to a mother: letter from a survivor
Till the next time� God bless you all and thank you. To the people
struggling out there to make a difference, we�re with you all the way; you
can count on our support.
Tanzeel, Tanvi, Sangeeta, Janki, Dhananjai
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