When U.N. official Jan Egeland reproved "the rich countries" for stingy donations to relieve the 2004 disaster in the Indian Ocean, the U.S. ponied up another $20 million to make a total donation of $35 million. To the Egeland eye, the little country of Spain gave more.
by Lin Stone
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BUT, Jan Egeland, and others with similar backgrounds
who only count direct donations from national coffers,
DO NOT UNDERSTAND that in America, Charity begins
with the FREE choice to do something for others, with desires
originating in the soul, not from compulsion.
Consequently, what Americans are forced to donate openly
is just the tip of the ice berg. That is just the amount that has been
FORCIBLY extracted from our pockets by the Government.
We don't even count that amount.
To see what citizens of the United States are actually giving you have to look at the total:
Total all these totals up and you will glimpse the total donations that Americans are making.
Then to get an even clearer picture you need to add in the tools provided by American companies, and also the personal, physical donations of time, brains and physical labor given to worthy causes by Americans.
|The December 26 earthquake and tsunami has killed thousands in northern Indian Ocean coastal areas.
PATA believes that:-
PATA sends its condolences to everyone who has lost family, friends and property in the Indian Ocean tidal wave disaster.
On a per capita basis NOBODY voluntarily does more than the citizens of the United States. There are far more of those among us who -- because they have been given much -- are willing to give of their time, resources, and money.
|Chubb Establishes $1 Million Fund for Asian Disaster Relief Efforts.. Warren, NJ, January 4, 2005 -- The Chubb Corporation [NYSE:CB] has established a $1 million fund for disaster relief efforts related to the recent earthquake and tsunami in Asia.
Chubb will make direct contributions to disaster relief organizations and will match contributions by its U.S. and international employees to such organizations on a two-for-one basis.
"We are saddened by the tremendous loss of life and destruction in Asia. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims of this tragedy and their families, said John Finnegan, chairman and CEO of The Chubb Corporation. We hope that contributions from Chubb, our employees and other members of the global business community will help ease the pain for those who unfortunately continue to suffer."
Founded in 1882, Chubb is one of the world’s premier property and casualty insurers.
TIME, on a per capita basis,
who else in the world has so much to give?
Organizational Skills... Like an older brother, citizens of the United States are accustomed to taking charge in times of upheaval and making things happen. That doesn't diminish the extreme importance of follow through where Americans are very weak; but with great, wasteful sweeps of ACTION, the United States does get things moving. On a per capita basis, what other country can roll out so much at one time.
Others who don't have a sufficient supply of disposable income seem to think that throwing money at a problem is the best way to solve it. Actually, money comes LAST in effectiveness. The first and the best thing anyone can do for a disaster stricken area is to BE THERE, in person, not with your mouth open and gaping, but with your hands out and full of tools.
Shovels are worth more than money when there is mud to move -- although tools should be furnished or bought locally, both for speed and expediency.
A clear idea of what needs to be done and a sure knowledge of the most effective ways of getting it done count more than tools or money.
I believe that when it comes to giving real charity, the United States stands head and shoulders above any other nation on earth.
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The following list provides direct links to top-rated organizations known to function effectively. The remarks are timely to THIS particular day, and will be left here as a memorial to man's desire to be of instant service to man. Caution is always prescribed when making a donation of any kind. Make sure your money is going where you believe it will do the most good.
Americares 1-800-486-HELP Donations are urgently needed to continue to provide the means to deliver medicines to combat malaria, cholera, respiratory infections, diarrhea and other water-borne illnesses to the people most at risk in this crisis. Today's airlift is the first in a series of flights that AmeriCares is organizing to aid the survivors of the devastating earthquake and tsunamis in the Indian Ocean, estimated to have killed more than 135,000 people. AmeriCares is now at work mobilizing a second airlift for Colombo, Sri Lanka as well as planning relief efforts to help survivors in India and Indonesia.
American Friends Service Committee 1-888-588-2372 Help Earthquake and Tsunami Survivors As many as five million people in South Asia are without medical attention, shelter, food, and potable water in the aftermath of the tsunami that took more than 80,000 lives.
American Jewish World Service 1-800-889-7146 AJWS supports almost 200 grassroots organizations in the developing world and Russia and Ukraine through grant making, technical assistance, emergency relief and advocacy. We also provide unique international service opportunities for the Jewish community, enabling Jews to play an active role in the process of meaningful social change. Last year we sent over 300 volunteers to the developing world.
American Red Cross 1-800-HELP-NOW Tsunami Recovery May Be Largest Ever for Red Cross. The death toll continues to climb and now tops 115,000 victims, according to the United Nations. Millions of others are now homeless and without the basics needed for survival. more...
Brother's Brother Foundation 1-412-321-3160 We work in cooperation with Operation USA.
CARE 1-800-521-CARE In a country with a death toll of more than 45,000 and climbing, CARE Indonesia is rushing to provide emergency disaster relief in the isolated region of Aceh, the region closest to the epicentre of the earthquake — and the area hardest-hit.
Catholic Relief Services 1-410-625-2220 CRS has committed $25 million in private emergency funding for immediate and long-term efforts to help save lives and assist communities in rebuilding after this terrible disaster. CRS teams are working on the ground to bring relief to millions struggling to survive in wake of catastrophic tsunami. CNN now reports more than 135,000 dead.
Children Incorporated 1-800-538-5381 One of CI’s seven projects in Sri Lanka - Dadella, on the southwest coast of the island nation – sustained damage in Sunday’s tsunami disaster. Four of its 25 children are unaccounted for. Fifteen of the youngsters are now reported safe by CI’s Colombo staff. Five children received minor injuries when the waves swept over Galle, on the southwest coast.. CI staff members on bicycles are searching for the four missing children. We will provide further information on the website when it is received.. Of the six other CI projects in Sri Lanka, all now report that their children are safe and accounted for, except for those who had left for the holidays at their inland homes before the disaster. It is believed that these children were far enough inland to escape the raging waves that devastated coastal towns.
Christian Children's Fund 1-800-776-6767 Children are the most affected victims of the Asia earthquake and tsunami disaster. Many have lost parents, siblings, and other loved ones. CCF is responding, providing emergency relief to these children and families. “Everyday, we leave for these areas to distribute milk for the children and other basic supplies to families who are living day to day. They have nothing left from the tsunami,” said Gamini Pinnalawatte, National Director, CCF-Sri Lanka. Staff load their four-wheel drive vehicles, drive into areas of greatest devastation, and distribute milk, baby bottles, bedding, and other essential supplies.
World Service 1-800-297-1516 International humanitarian agency Church World Service (CWS) announced today that its Indonesia office is deploying an emergency assistance team to aid in recovery efforts in Aceh, Indonesia, following Sunday's devastating earthquakes and tsunami that killed more than 22,700 people in South Asia. The Church World Service Pakistan/Afghanistan office may also assist with the sending of an assessment team to Sri Lanka.
Doctors Without Borders 1-888-392-0392 Emergency teams are on the ground in South Asia providing assistance to people affected by last Sunday's earthquake and the resulting tsunamis and carrying out multiple needs assessments in several countries in the region. To date, MSF has sent over 40 aid workers and 110 tons of relief materials to the region. Additional aid workers and relief cargos are en route and more will be deployed as needed.
International Rescue Committee 1-877-REFUGEE We are mounting a massive disaster relief effort in response to last weekend’s devastating offshore earthquake and tsunami. More than 40 tons of emergency medical supplies, shelter material and water storage tanks are being procured and airlifted to Indonesia to meet the needs of tens of thousands of refugees in devastated Aceh Province.
Lutheran World Relief 1-800-597-5972 “Lutheran World Relief has worked in this region for more than fifty years, working with and teaching the very same people that have been devastated by this disaster,” Lisa Bonds said from her office at LWR headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. “Because of our presence there, and our close, close working relationships with our partners, we were part of feeding stations that began urgent relief within just 15 hours of the tsunami,” she continued. Finally, Bonds noted, “Donors should also know that 100% of the money they designate to WAVE OF GIVING/South Asia Tsunami goes directly to those in need.” (emphasis added)
Mennonite Central Committee 1-888-563-4676 We have begun a $1.7 million Cdn./$1.4 million U.S. immediate and long-term response to devastation left behind by the southern Asia earthquake and tsunamis that have killed over 100,000 people in eight countries, one third of them children. Hundreds of thousands more have been injured and millions left homeless. The response includes the purchase of 2,000 metric tons of grain for distribution in affected areas of India. The dollar value of this purchase will be matched through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
Oxfam-America 1-800-77-OXFAM Oxfam has been rushing aid to the most severely affected regions. Local Oxfam staff--many of whom themselves lost their homes and possessions--are in each location and have already been distributing plastic sheeting, mats and cooked food and setting up water tanks. A team of experts in water and sanitation, food and nutrition and public health have arrived to support the local staff, and we are setting up a new base in south Sri Lanka to respond in Matara and Hambantota districts, one of the poorest parts of the country.
Save the Children 1-800-728-3843 The earthquake and tsunami that devastated 10 countries on Sunday December 26 has left more 135,000 dead, including an estimated 80,000 in Indonesia alone. Of those who died, at least a third were children. “The disaster has generated an enormous response of sympathy and support from the American people,” said Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children USA.
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