If we are going to change the world in ways that empower every human being to make a difference, then it seems pretty certain that social entrepreneurs and their networks will be there to help and guide us. Uniquely, this is an method that has emerged from the grassroots of all the world's regions criss-crossing cultures and other borders - with Bangladesh contributing two of the world's currently most valued social entrepreneurial changes - microfinance 1 2 3 and the world's largest citizen organisation 1 2 3 . If there is any way we can help people in Pakistan explore where social entrepreneurs have already discovered ways of improving humanity's lot in many of the most challenging arenas of life on this earth, please do tell us.

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Sunday, December 04, 2005

eartquake conversation in west during november

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I chose http://careusa.org/ for an initial donation.
"In cooperation with our partners, CARE is in the process of delivering tents, plastic sheets, blankets, shawls, metal buckets and other essential supplies via helicopter to more than 50,000 survivors in Pakistan.
Our primary area of concentration — in northern Pakistan’s Allai valley — remains accessible only by helicopter, allowing us to deliver roughly 250 tents per week toward our goal there of 3,000 before winter arrives at the end of November. To date, CARE has delivered more than 1,500 tents in Pakistan and will also distribute 10,000 jerry cans. To ensure fair and well-managed distribution of relief items, CARE has contacted local religious leaders for initial support and post-distribution follow-up with the community.
In terms of health care, a widespread lack of post-medical attention may result in more deaths in the coming weeks. Affected areas are facing major outbreaks of disease due to dire water and sanitation conditions. Read more about CARE’s efforts to provide health services in Pakistan.
CARE launched relief operation in India by sending 8,000 blankets and 4,000 water containers 4,000 survivors in the affected states of Jammu and Kashmir. We have since sent an additional 16,000 blankets via convoy and airlift to affected areas and have dispatched a truck with more water containers. In total, CARE is targeting 10,000 households with blankets, tents, cold weather outer garments and other relief materials throughout the region.
CARE’s staff in India has developed particular expertise in providing trauma and grief counseling. We have developed a model with the National Institute for Mental Health & Neurological Sciences (NIMHANS) that rapidly deploys professional psychosocial care to a traumatized population..." read the whole article at: http://www.careusa.org/newsroom/articles/2005/10/20051009_pak_india_quake2.asp


Mercy Corps is ramping up their involvement
Kashmir need stirs Mercy Corps

Unfortunately, reports of forecasted snow and landmines have been added to the pressures on relief and survival.
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Date: 11 Nov 2005
OCHA Situation Report No. 22 South Asia – Earthquake Pakistan:
http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/EGUA-6J2RKB?OpenDocument
Relevant current news on the earthquake as reported around the world: http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=earthquake

Just came across an interesting concerted effort at gathering; presenting information "...at the village/town level to ensure that no one is overlooked in the relief efforts...".
The RISEPAK "... Site provides and gathers Demographic, Disaster, Access, and Assistance data and maps on all Earthquake Affected Villages to Help Coordinate Relief Efforts."

Dear READERS,
Just like anyone else. Pakistan and other affected nations by the earthquake need our help. I am proud of the people who took the time to read and post the comments that i read on this page. This is not all we need to do.
We need to go out there and see for our selfs. What is happen to Pakistan and others neighbouring nations which where affected throught earthquake.
I extend my deeps affection and solidarty to the vicitms of the earthquake. Just to le you know readers, every problem can be overcome. You are not alone. With help of God's and generous people. You will get all you need for support and courage.
Sincerely Solidarty, Romeo Bashir
Donor fatigue jeopardizes quake victims "Relief - South Asia finds a public tapped out by the tsunami and Katrina"
I am currently interning at a nonprofit organization called GlobalGiving. We have been actively responding to the earthquake in Pakistan in several ways and we could use your help. Several locally run NGOs, who are active GlobalGiving users, contacted GlobalGiving describing the horrible devastation caused by the earthquake and asked that projects be posted in our online marketplace to help fund their relief efforts. These NGOs are helping earthquake survivors by providing shelter, medical supplies, blankets, food and anything else that victims need to survive the harsh winter that is fast approaching. As mentioned in previous posts, donations for this disaster have been relatively low compared to the outpouring recently to victims of Hurricane Katrina and the Tsunami disaster. These locally run NGOs are in desperate need of funds so they can continue their relief efforts. GlobalGiving allows you to contribute to these specific projects, so you know exactly where your money is going and whom it will help.
If you would like to contribute, you can visit GlobalGiving’s earthquake giving site and make a choice as to which efforts you would like to help out. Projects currently available for funding range from those providing short-term emergency relief (food, shelter, and medical care) to others focused on long-term recovery (rebuilding homes, schools, and providing financial assistance for economic development efforts). Here is the link: http://www.globalgiving.com/cb/cidi/kashmir.html.
GlobalGiving has also partnered with The North Face to conduct a nationwide in-store collection event for earthquake survivors. GlobalGiving has connected The North Face with relief organizations on the ground that, along with The North Face athletes, will help distribute the goods to survivors in some of the most remote, currently inaccessible, villages in the Kashmir region of India and Pakistan. Donations can be dropped off at any of The North Face Retail Stores from November 18th to the 23rd. Donations must be clean and functional and limited to: three and four-season tents, tarps, sleeping bags, pads, packs, waterproof and/or insulated jackets, insulated tops or layering pieces (i.e. fleece, wool). Further details are available at: http://www.thenorthface.com.
Hope this information is helpful!)
I've created a workspace that contains a list of NGO's who are providing relief to Earthquake victims in Pakistan.
Check out Pakistan quake resources to donate now to earthquake relief in Pakistan/
I looked up Global Giving on http://www.charitynavigator.org and couldn't seem to find anything on them. What do you know about that group? How efficient and effective are they?
This from the Saudi Embassy:
11/21/2005 Saudi Arabia is top donor at international donors conference for Pakistan
Saudi Arabia and the United States topped the list of donors at the international donor conference held in Islamabad to raise funds for the reconstruction of earthquake-devastated Pakistan. The Kingdom pledged US $573 million, while the United States pledged US $510 million. Both countries also mobilized the private sector to raise funds and aid the tens of thousands affected by the October 8 quake. Saudi Arabia announced US $153 million in grants and another $187 in concessional loans. A nationwide fundraising campaign underway in the Kingdom has also raised more than US $120 million to date.
Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf said his country is extremely grateful to the international community for its generous assistance, especially Saudi Arabia and the United States.
Just to let you all know we (Architecture for Humanity) are working with Arup engineers, the AIGA, our regional chapters in Boston and Minnesota, NESPAK and a number of on the ground NGOs to develop earthquake resistant rebuilding techniques.
http://www.architectureforhumanity.org/programs/South_Asia_Earthquake/index.htm
A couple of weeks ago our assessment teams returned from the Kasmir border and another is going out next week - as you know the reports are bleak. Last Thursday we announced an open call for ideas for earthquake resistant housing schemes that will help empower communities on the long-term reconstruction effort. Designers have until January 20th to put together schemes that utilize local materials and technology. More technical details and criteria are being assembled by Arup engineers and will be on the Architecture for Humanity website in the next week.
Once ideas are collected and reviewed a number of schemes will be developed into pictorial form and collated into book/pamphlet for distribution throughout the Kashmir region.
As luck would have it, I happened to win the Target/RISD Emerging Designer of the Year award last week and donated 1/2 the winnings to our Katrina work and the other 1/2 to this initiative.
Cheers, Cameron.

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