Tsunami Outreach

This is a site of many voices. This post: Submitted by Jonas M Luster on Thu, 2004-12-30 05:23.
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We have found our compassion in this one. Yet, one thing remains and is badly needed, says a friend of mine who just arrived in Sri Lanka and will be contributing what he learned in eight years in Uniform. People. Not the odd-job bystander, not the “activist”, and certainly not the journalist. What is needed most, today, are qualified specialists. Demolitions experts to safely destroy dangerous structures, Doctors, guys and gals who know how to handle a syringe or a gun. The latter is needed more and more as the looting increases and food and medical supplies are being raided by black marketers.

He suggests I throw my visitors behind this and start a list. A “hall of fame” of companies willing to give their employees a few weeks off to come help. One to list companies willing to priority interview returnees who have been fired for taking the big step of personal sacrifice for a common good.

We have those lists for soldiers. We need it for volunteers. What do you think?

Update: We have a number of people pledging frequent flyer miles, small donations, and some part of their income. If you are truly interested in going, have something to contribute, and want more info, I am setting up the site as we speak.

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Submitted by Alex on Mon, 2005-01-03 06:05.

Hi.. am very frustrated as i type this comment.. im in brunei … bout 3 hrs away from bandar aceh .. i have called the indonesian embassy.. the thai embassy .. emailed countless organisations… and those who have responded… are not willing to send me there as it is against policies… WTF!!! The govt is, at the moment … not sending anyone there…..

I dont beleive in donation drives.. no offence to anyone …

I have basic first aid experience…and am able to speak chinese english and malay .. if anyone has any info as to how i can help out … please let me know..

I can be contacted at dys_angel@yahoo.com or +6738 653882

Submitted by Kete on Mon, 2005-01-03 00:32.

do you know any companies doing demolition? i’d love to get a job over there!

Submitted by Jonas M Luster on Tue, 2005-01-04 15:10.

The UN has some demo expert needs. If you have the needed military background and civilian residential demolition expertise, you should be able to volunteer with one of the various organizations in the area.

Submitted by prema on Thu, 2004-12-30 07:39.

Intel Malaysia, through its community involvement program, have pledged volunteers to help with the displacement of the tsunami victims on the 1st January 2005. It's a start - I'm not sure of any other corporate effort in the region who have offered manpower.