Tsunami disaster
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Dilip D’Souza has been travelling through the tsunami affected areas in TN and is reporting via his blog. His SMS despatches can be found at ChiensSansFrontiers. Amit Varma is another reporter from Mumbai who is currently in TN and blogs at India Uncut.

You can also read more news at Waves of Hope: A non profit free media news site run by volunteer reporters, writers and citizens from all over Sri Lanka. “News here is fresh from the trenches and free from the shackles of political bias.” Snapshots are available here.

George Iype reports in rediff.com that there is a clamour to adopt orphans, especially from the US, but the law won’t make the process easy.

This is an email I received from a friend. A non-profit volunteer organization called The Family. has sent out this appeal.

    We are sending this urgent appeal with a request for you to join hands with us in helping as many of these families as possible to recover from this devastating
    day. It is only as we work hand in hand with others like you that we can make a significant impact and bring the help and healing that these families and villages so desperately need.

    Phase 1
    We are organizing urgently required supplies for families whose homes have been devastated by the disaster.

    Phase 2
    The majority of those affect were fishermen and their families. After visiting the affected areas of Cuddalore (Thazankuda) and Nagapattinam, Injambakkam,
    Vettuvankeni fishing village, and Kovallam and after assessing their long-term needs we will be identifying families and focusing on rebuilding (we have decided to focus our efforts on rebuilding) their homes and livelihoods.

    Web: www.indiafamily.org
    Email: familyservices@vsnl.net
    The Family
    Executive Chambers, 18/6, Cunningham Road
    Bangalore 560 052 INDIA
    Phone : 22257230/1/2/3/4/5/6 Fax : 22202700

    Cheques/DD’s it should be made in the name of: Hand In Hand.
    All donations are Tax Excempt under Sec. 80 G of the Indian Tax Code.
    80 G number: DIT (E)/80 G (R)/ 40/ W-1/ 2004-05
    Dated: 17/5/2004 Valid from 1/4/2004 to 31/3/2007

One more appeal via email:

    Arthur who works for Divya Shanti (an NGO affiliated to Bridge Foundation) urgently need Green Gram to be sent to the affected areas. They do not accept money. Supplies can be picked up. You can call him at 93425-11366 (Arthur).

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