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CAN YOU SPARE A BAR OF SOAP FOR HAITI ?

http://www.care2.com/causes/health-policy/blog/can-you-spare-a-bar-of-soap-for-haiti/


CAN YOU SPARE A BAR OF SOAP FOR HAITI ?
posted by: Ann Pietrangelo


When can a 50 cent bar of soap save a life? During a cholera outbreak in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

From The Washington Post:


Soap could slow the terrifying cholera outbreak that is quickly spreading and has just in the past week entered the ravaged capital, according to health care specialists and international aid groups.

But in the squalid slums of Port au Prince and the river towns where the cholera outbreak began three weeks ago, many Haitians held up their hands and shook their heads, saying they had no soap to stop an infection that is spread by contaminated food and water, and where a vigorous hand-washing, especially after using the toilet, is the number-one way to save lives.

Almost half a million water tablets, soap, and oral rehydration salts are being distributed by United Nations agencies and their partners.

Reuters reports that as of November 12, there have been more than 900 deaths and over 14,600 hospitalizations since the outbreak began several weeks ago. It is estimated that 200,000 could contract cholera as the outbreak spreads across the country.

From UNICEF:

UNICEF and partners are responding to a cholera outbreak in six of the country's 10 departments...

The disease can kill within hours and can spread rapidly through the overcrowded camps where more than one million people still are housed following the January earthquake. Even outside the camps, sanitation conditions in most of the country are substandard, allowing disease to spread quickly.

Nearly half of all children in Haiti still have no access to sanitation facilities and approximately one in five children lack access to a safe drinking water source.

UNICEF is on the ground supplying soap, aquatabs and rehydration salts to prevent and treat cholera and is supporting hygiene awareness campaigns to prevent the spread of the disease.

Clean the World, a not-for-profit whose mission is to collect and recycle soap and shampoo products discarded by the hospitality industry, distributes these donated products to impoverished people in an effort to prevent hygiene-related illnesses and death. The group has already distributed 100,000 bars of soap and is stepping up efforts to provide more during Haiti’s time of need.

Oxfam International is rushing aid in the form of oral rehydration salts, soap, buckets, and aquatabs to the site of a new outbreak in the northern city of Cap Haitien.

Other activities of the organization include:

* Reinforcement of WASH facilities
at all sites (chlorination of water, hygiene promotion, reinforcement/additional installations of sanitation facilities, increased cleaning of sanitation facilities)

* Hygiene promotion including trainings, distributions on preparation of oral rehydration salts/homemade rehydration liquids (sugar and salt solutions)

* Increased vigilance and training of staff and community members for disease surveillance, cooperation with health partners in sites of intervention

* Support to Petite Goave hospital (latrines) for cholera treatment center (CTC)

* 17,775 hygiene kits distributed so far in 47 villages

* Training of 88 community leaders in Léogâne on cholera

* Installation of messages in the sites to promote the drinking of chlorinated water

* Personal hygiene activities in schools and in the neighborhood of the sites where we work.



Soap and proper sanitation are things many of us take for granted. For Haitians it's a matter of life and death.

Can you spare a bar of soap for Haiti?

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP:



· Help UNICEF fight the spread of cholera in Haiti

https://secure.unicefusa.org/site/Donation2?df_id=9001&9001.donation=form1&JServSessionIdr004=xeisf9zqo1.app227a


· Donate soap and shampoo to Clean the World

http://www.cleantheworld.org/donate-soap-and-shampoo.asp

· Donate to Oxfam


http://www.cleantheworld.org/donate-soap-and-shampoo.asp

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· Cholera Spreading in Haiti: Death Toll Mounts

· Cholera Outbreak Continues to Devastate Haiti


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Tony l: what we all need to do is to also send bars of soaps to the laboratories that released the cholera outbreak onto the haitian people because they burnt all the GMO stock waiting to be sent out to the innoscent farmers on the dockside,this total disaster of these people was orchestrated by the US government.

Jaine N: The poor Haitians! I know from personal experience that little things really can make a difference. I am putting a link on my site to this article www.tears2smiles.org.uk which is about the plight of displaced Haitian kids in the Dominican Republic.
 

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NEWS ON 17 NOVEMBER 2010 IN RELATION TO NATURAL DISASTERS

NEWS ON 17 NOVEMBER 2010 IN RELATION TO NATURAL DISASTERS

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11772283
17 November 2010 Last updated at 11:44 GMT

UN APPEALS FOR CALM AFTER CHOLERA RIOTS IN HAITI

The UN has said attacks on relief workers battling the cholera outbreak in Haiti are seriously hampering the international response to the problem.

Aid flights had been cancelled, water purification and training projects curtailed, while food had been looted or burnt at a warehouse, it added.

UN troops have been blamed for bringing the disease into the country. So far, more than 1,000 people have died.


Earlier, the Dominican Republic said it had detected its first case of cholera.

Health Minister Bautista Rojas said the patient was a Haitian migrant who had returned from his homeland to the eastern Dominican Republic.

The Dominican authorities have stepped up border controls and health checks to try to stop the disease from spreading.

'Politically motivated'


On Tuesday, the UN mission in Haiti (Minustah) appealed for an end to violent demonstrations in the cities of Cap-Haitien and Hinche, which it said had seriously hampered its response to the outbreak.

On Monday, armed demonstrators also opened fire on peacekeepers at Quartier Morin in the Nord Department, a UN statement said.

At least two protesters were killed, including one hit by a bullet fired by a peacekeeper in Quartier Morin. Six UN personnel were injured in Hinche.

The protests continued on Tuesday in Cap-Haitien, with locals erecting barricades, throwing rocks at UN vehicles, and setting fire to a police station.


The UN said it was forced to cancel flights carrying soap, medical supplies and personnel to the north, where the outbreak is centred.

Demonstrators also looted and burnt a World Food Programme warehouse, destroying 500 tonnes of food aid, and other humanitarian organisations in the area had suspended projects, it added.

The violent demonstrations broke out after people started blaming UN peacekeepers from Nepal - where cholera is endemic - for introducing the disease, which officials said had killed 1,034 people and infected more than 16,700 others as of Sunday.

The UN said tests at the base used by the peacekeepers had all proved negative, and that the violence was instead intended to disrupt elections scheduled for 28 November.

"The way the events unfolded suggests that these incidents were politically motivated, aimed at creating a climate of insecurity on the eve of elections."

"Minustah calls the people to remain vigilant and not be manipulated by enemies of stability and democracy in the country."

The BBC's international development correspondent, Mark Doyle, says the UN force is unpopular because it is widely seen as the public face of the Haitian government.


Haiti's President, Rene Preval, also appealed for calm on Tuesday, saying the demonstrations were keeping people from getting treatment.

"Disorder and instability have never brought solutions to a country going through hard times," he said in a national address.

"You must be even more watchful of those who exploit the country's misfortunes for their own benefit."

"Gunshots, throwing bottles, barricades of burning tires will not help us eradicate cholera bacteria. On the contrary, it will prevent the sick from receiving care and to deliver medicine where it is needed."


The aid group, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has warned that its facilities are already overrun and that it will not have the capacity to treat the growing numbers of patients in the coming days.

Cholera is caused by bacteria transmitted through contaminated water or food. It causes diarrhoea and vomiting leading to severe dehydration, and can kill quickly if not treated through rehydration and antibiotics.

The Caribbean country is still reeling from January's earthquake, which killed an estimated 200,000 people and displaced about 1.3 million.



Mark Doyle BBC international development correspondent
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The United Nations co-ordinates aid in Haiti, so the anti-UN demonstrations could be seen as Haitians biting the hand that feeds them.

But many Haitians say they are not getting any help from the UN. And quite apart from the controversy over how the cholera outbreak arrived in the country, the UN "stabilisation force" is unpopular because it is widely seen as the public face of the Haitian government. That government is perceived to have done little to help the population since January's devastating earthquake. On a wider level, the UN force is seen by many Haitians as a foreign occupation force, little different from previous operations by the US military.

Haiti has a long history of being either shunned or exploited by the outside world. For many ordinary Haitians the UN - even though it conducts humanitarian operations - is seen as representing that malevolent outside world.



http://www.care2.com/greenliving/haiti-needs-soap.html

HAITI NEEDS SOAP!
posted by Melissa Breyer Nov 16, 2010 9:01 am

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/haiti-needs-soap.html#ixzz15Ylb9Xd6

The solution is as simple as a bar of soap. As the situation in Haiti goes from bleak to bleaker, the recent cholera outbreak is quickly spreading through the country–and the easiest fix is out of reach for many. The Haitian health ministry is reporting an estimated 917 deaths and 14,600 hospitalizations since the cholera outbreak was confirmed in late October–though that number only accounts for people who have made it to clinics, the actual number is expected to be much higher.

Amid the squalid slums, hillside shanties and tent towns for displaced persons, the most tragic plot line of this story may simply be that Haitians need soap, yet bars of ordinary hand soap are few and far between. Cholera is spread by contaminated food and water, and a hearty hand-washing after using the toilet is the number one way to avoid the infection.

A bar of soap in Haiti costs about 50 cents, but many Haitians cannot afford it.
More than half of the population lives on less than $1.25 a day. More pressing in the minds of many is filling an empty stomach.


Experts at the Pan American Health Organization forecast 200,000 Haitians will show signs of the disease, while it is possible a million will be infected, but remain asymptomatic carriers still capable of spreading the potentially deadly bacteria. Although there are plans for water trucks, chlorination, new wells and water distribution points–the situation needs more immediate attention and soap is a quick fix.

UNICEF brought 100,000 pieces of soap in 500 of the country’s orphanages. Along the Artibonite River valley, the group distributed 82,000 bars. They will be heading into 5,000 schools in coming weeks.

I love the work of the awesome group, Clean the World, which collects barely-used soap from hotels in North America then recycles and redirects them to where they can be put to good use. So far they have delivered 100,000 bars of soap to Haiti, and promise 200,000 more soaps by the end of the month.

If YOU have soap you would like to donate, YOU can ship it to the Clean the World Recycling Operations Center in Orlando:

Clean The World
8026 Sunport Drive, Ste 306
Orlando, FL. 32809
USA


And after you’ve sent some soap to Haiti, see how washing your hands can make a small difference in your own life: The Single Best Way to Prevent Illness

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/haiti-needs-soap.html#ixzz15Ylq0hDy
 

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NEWS ON 18 NOVEMBER 2010 IN RELATION TO NATURAL DISASTERS

NEWS ON 18 NOVEMBER 2010 IN RELATION TO NATURAL DISASTERS


German ARDtext: FLOODING IN COLOMBIA KILLS AT LEAST 4

Unusually heavy rains have submerged parts of Colombia's capital, BOGOTA and COST AT LEAST 4 HUMAN LIVES. They died in a LANDSLIDE in the quarter Usaquen according to the newspaper "El Tiempo".

The day before it had rained so much in a few hours in Colombia's capital, BOGOTA which has millions of inhabitants, that it corresponded to one month's rain.

For months, COLOMBIA has suffered from the WORST AND HEAVIEST RAIN FOR 40 YEARS - a consequence of the weather phenomenon "La Nina2 which occurs every second year.


Swedish SVT: CLASHES IN HAITI CAUSED BY THE CHOLERA EPIDEMIC

The clashes in Haiti have spread to the capital, Port-au-Prince according to AFP. Hundreds of Haitians are throwing stones at UN peacekeepers.

A man has been shot dead in Cap Haitien when demonstrators were in a clash with UN peacekeepers.

11 missionaries were attacked when fleeing the city in a bus. "We are fine", said one of the members of the group to CNN.



The cholera epidemic has so far cost more than 1,100 human lives and more than 18,000 have been hospitalized..
 

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News on 7.1.11 in relation to HAITI - UNICEF reports

Please find in the two previous posts Part I and Part II of an interesting and long situation report on HAITI 4 months ago describing life in tent camps where women live in fear of being raped by gangs and describing the conditions for the Haitians in the rainy season etc.


News on 7 December 2011 in relation to HAITI


Swedish SVT: UNICEF: HAITI's CHILDREN ARE LIVING IN CHAOS

After reports of stagnant rebuilding & reconstruction in quake-hit HAITI and sexual assaults in the tent camps, UNICEF (UN's organization for children) reports that Haiti's children are in a very difficult situation.

One year after the disaster, 380,000 children remain homeless.

Only one quarter of the lone children has been reunited with a parent or a relative.

More than half of the children do not go to school.

1.2 million children are to a high degree exposed to diseases and threats of (sexual) violence.
 

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Six Month Anniversary of Pakistan Floods Sees “A Crisis of Epic Proportions”

Six Month Anniversary of Pakistan Floods Sees “A Crisis of Epic Proportions”

posted by: Suzi Parras (from care2causes)

Six months after the worst monsoon floods in 80 years wreaked havoc on Pakistan, killing more than 1,700 people and affecting up to 20 million others, “we are seeing a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions,” according to Kristen Elsby, UNICEF’s chief of communications in Pakistan.

The flooding started on July 28, 2010 in the mountainous north and quickly raged south over the next month, following the path of the Indus River. It submerged one-fifth of the country, left more than 7 million people homeless, and damaged 5.4 million acres of arable land. Some of that farmland is still under water, raising concerns about next summer’s harvest.

Oxfam, too, believes the crisis is far from over, and could get worse. As Neva Khan, head of Oxfam’s Pakistan office said during a press conference in Islamabad, “the aid community has done a tremendous amount, but given the immense scale of this disaster, we have only scratched the surface of human need.”

Today, in the flood-ravaged areas of the south, malnutrition rates rival those of sub-Saharan Africa. “I haven’t seen malnutrition this bad since the worst of the famine in Ethiopia, Darfur and Chad,” Karen Allen, deputy head of UNICEF in Pakistan said in a statement.

The United Nations says hundreds of thousands of Pakistani children -- particularly in the southeastern SINDH province, the area hardest hit -- are suffering from acute malnutrition, almost a quarter of the children in the region.

Shelter is a grave concern, 1.7 million homes were destroyed by the floodwaters, 900,000 of them in Sindh alone.


There’s been small progress. According to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, about 166,00 people currently live in 240 camps and roadside settlements, down from 3.3 million in October.

The U.N. appealed for approximately $2 billion in aid last September but has only received 56% of it to date. According to the BBC, Pakistan's government is scheduled to halt most emergency relief efforts this month, but Oxfam is calling on the government to extend its deadline.

As the Guardian points out: “Before the floods the western aid effort in Pakistan focused on the north-west, where an earthquake struck in 2005 and military operations against the Taliban have displaced millions.

After the floods, aid workers admit to being caught offguard by the problem in Sindh. "It was a real wake-up call," said one.”

The U.N. claims almost 10 million people have received essential medical assistance, and about 7 million are receiving monthly food rations. In addition, an estimated 3.5 million people have access to safe drinking water.

But longer-term recovery will require continuing these services as well as reopening schools and reviving agriculture.
“We are helping farmers in recovering their land by providing them with seeds, fertilizers and tools to accelerate the rehabilitation process. At the same time the humanitarian community will continue to provide food aid as long as it is needed,” Rauf Engin Soysal, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Assistance to Pakistan said in a statement. Humanitarian aid agencies are working in concert to alleviate the crisis.

The World Food Programme has been providing support to more than 5 million Pakistanis, according to WFP official Carl Paulsson. He says his organization has enough funding to continue through February, but would then experience shortages unless it received more support.

Save the Children has reached more than 2.6 million flood-affected people through emergency medical care, distribution of shelter materials, food, child protection, education, and livelihoods support.

“It’s going to be a long haul. Twenty million people is more than the population of about 180 countries in the world, more people affected than Haiti, the [2004 Asian] tsunami, and the [2005] Kashmir earthquake combined,” says Allison Zelkowitz, Deputy Team Leader for Programming for Save the Children’s Emergency Response Program in Pakistan. “It’s really a vast number of people in a very economically challenged country, so it’s going to take a couple of years to really recover to where they were before.”

Top 5 Shocking Facts About The Pakistan Floods

posted by: Beth Buczynski 153 days ago (i.e. from the beginning of September 2010)

Devastating floods have been ravaging Pakistan for over a month, but despite widespread suffering, the media coverage of this disaster has been casual at best.

Nearly 20 million Pakistanis have been displaced from their homes and put at risk for water born disease, yet the American media seems to have marginalized the issue, impeding the flow of supplies and donations needed to provide aid.

Some believe that "the West and Europe have adopted Islamaphobia, which obviously has clouded humanitarian concerns" (Huffington Post).

You don't have to be a political analyst to see that more social and political unrest isn't what this region needs. People are suffering, and as fellow humans and activists, it is our duty to do what we can.

Here are 5 things you may not have known about the Pakistan floods. Become informed, and then take action!

1. The United Nations has rated the floods in Pakistan as the greatest humanitarian crisis in recent history. Already, more people have been affected in Pakistan than the 2004 South-East Asian tsunami and the recent earthquakes in Kasmir and Haiti combined.

2. The Pakistan flood may be linked to the fires in Russia. Although the unfolding disasters seem far apart, they are actually being driven by the same meta weather system, according to a report from National Geographic. Kevin Trenberth, a senior scientist at the Boulder, Colorado-based National Center for Atmospheric Research, told the organization, "That's because the monsoon – a seasonal wind system that brings rain and floods to Pakistan and much of the rest of Asia in summer – also drives the circulation of air as far away as Europe."

3. Only a fraction of the people needing aid have been contacted by emergency crews. In the 10 days following the initial flood waves, the government managed to distribute only 10,000 food packs, which contained a box of dried milk, and a few bottles of water and Pepsi. These packages were meant to "feed" 80,000 people, leaving 1,720,000 without any type of aid.

4. The Pakistan flood may be linked to global warming. In an unprecedented move, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has come forward to formally blamed the flooding in Pakistan on "global warming," angering some denialists (CNSNews.com). "Indeed, the Islamic world is paying a heavy price resulting from the negative repercussions of climate change," said OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu at an emergency meeting in Saudi Arabia.

5. The destruction is enormous, and preys on the weak. Reports indicate 62,000 square miles of land have been affected -- about one-fifth of the entire country. Of the 15 million people seriously affected, about 50 percent are children.
 

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Japan Tsunami Appeal

March 13, 2011 5:13 pm


Please give what you can to the Red Cross relief effort


If, like us, you have been horrified by the coverage of last week's devastating earthquake in Japan, we urge you to donate what you can to the Red Cross's Tsunami Appeal, to assist with their crucial humanitarian work on the ground in Japan. You can do so online at the British Red Cross website ( by clicking here ).

Thank you.

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The link on Coldplay.com: http://www.redcross.org.uk/Donate-Now/Make-a-single-donation/Japan-Tsunami-Appeal.
 

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Thank you , Nancy, for your time and tireless efforts to keep us all here informed. You have deserved your wings! :wings:
 

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^You're welcome. Talking of wings, I came to think that I may not be flying on the wings of love, but definitely on the wings of care and compassion.
 

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http://www.wate.com/Global/story.asp?S=14233558

When clicking this link you are directed to a site with: Ways to help with disaster relief in Japan KNOXVILLE (WATE)

Several relief agencies have ways people can contribute to disaster relief in Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Call 1-800-RED-CROSS for English or 1-800 257 7575 for Spanish. Or call the Knoxville Red Cross office at 865-584-2999.

Text donations

Red Cross: You can text "Red Cross" to 90999. This will add a $10 donation to your cell phone bill.

Online donations

The Red Cross accepts donations online on its website
http://american.redcross.org/site/Pa...e_OnlineGiving

or by mail with a form you can print and include with your check. Information on matching gift donations is also available.

The Red Cross is one agency that hosts a website:
https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php where people can register themselves as "safe and well" after a disaster. Family members can check this site as well to see who has registered.
 

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Please dont give any money to Japan, did we all know today the goverment/bank plouged $183bn into the worlds third largest economy. I am certain they are not short of a cent or two.

All we can do on this one is pray and hope for the families whom have lost their loved ones, and ones that need help from the Goverment of Japan get it soon.

ALL WE ARE DOING BY GIVING MONEY to these organisations is maitinging their CEO´s 6 fugure wages.

Sheep please wake up and smell the coffee and not jump on every ship chris martin seems to brand himself to, in order to beleive your doing a good thing. !
 

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Please dont give any money to Japan, did we all know today the goverment/bank plouged $183bn into the worlds third largest economy. I am certain they are not short of a cent or two.

All we can do on this one is pray and hope for the families whom have lost their loved ones, and ones that need help from the Goverment of Japan get it soon.

ALL WE ARE DOING BY GIVING MONEY to these organisations is maitinging their CEO´s 6 fugure wages.

Sheep please wake up and smell the coffee and not jump on every ship chris martin seems to brand himself to, in order to beleive your doing a good thing. !

Your an idiot!!! I am sure if you cared about these people as you say your "praying for the families" you could send some money to the Red Cross or other charitable organizations, and forget the politics of it and be a humanitarian. Sorry for calling you an idiot, you have your opinions, and I must respect that, but most of us here, are not jumping on the Chris Martin Ship, I have donated to the Red Cross before Chris Martin was even born!
 

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Please dont give any money to Japan, did we all know today the goverment/bank plouged $183bn into the worlds third largest economy. I am certain they are not short of a cent or two.

All we can do on this one is pray and hope for the families whom have lost their loved ones, and ones that need help from the Goverment of Japan get it soon.

ALL WE ARE DOING BY GIVING MONEY to these organisations is maitinging their CEO´s 6 fugure wages.

Sheep please wake up and smell the coffee and not jump on every ship chris martin seems to brand himself to, in order to beleive your doing a good thing. !

I know that JAPAN is the world's third largest economy - a very rich country. But this disaster is quite unprecedented - magnitude 8.9 earthquake followed by 10 m high tsunami followed by explosions in 3 buildings at nuclear power station.

Huge sums of money are needed to fix all this.

Those surviving the tsunami in the worst affected areas are without food and clean water, their homes are gone. Debris everywhere - infrastructure destroyed inclouding roads so it is difficult to get to the worst-hit areas.

So urgent help is needed - also from abroad.

Based on this I think that it is good to donate to aid agencies of your own choosing.
 

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Your an idiot!!! I am sure if you cared about these people as you say your "praying for the families" you could send some money to the Red Cross or other charitable organizations, and forget the politics of it and be a humanitarian. Sorry for calling you an idiot, you have your opinions, and I must respect that, but most of us here, are not jumping on the Chris Martin Ship, I have donated to the Red Cross before Chris Martin was even born!
I tend to give direct money to charity and look for the people in need. I tend to give money to imigrants whom have come from places like Africa/Asia whom have no right to work, and have no option to sell fake goods in the streets of Barcelona, whom if they are lucky might sell a pair of sunglasses or two in a day so they make enough money to feed themselves.

One thing proves their case in geninue is they are even grateful for food or fresh water more than money at times and they hardly ever accept things like smokes.
 

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Oxfam is my organization of choice to donate to, followed by Catholic Charities.
 

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Japan Earthquake Tsunami Relief


Japan is in a state of emergency. An 9.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Japan on March 11, 2011, triggering a deadly tsunami. At the Fukushima nuclear plant, the quake caused massive explosions which threaten surrounding communities. Japanese media report that the death toll is rising. Thousands remain missing in the aftermath of the tragic disasters.


Save the Children has a team in Sendai, one of the worst-affected areas, establishing an operations base to help the most vulnerable children and their families



http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.6621121/k.3D08/Japan_Earthquake_Tsunami_Relief.htm

my prayers to all families :cry:
 

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DROUGHT IN EAST AFRICA AFFECTING 10 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE HORN OF AFRICA


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14060545

8 July 2011 Last updated at 13:09 GMT

East Africa drought: DEC appeals for funds Advertisement

A group of UK aid agencies has launched a joint fund-raising appeal to help more than 10 million people affected by severe drought in the Horn of Africa.

Thousands of families in desperate need of food and water have trekked for days from Somalia to the Dadaab refugee camp in eastern Kenya.

The drought is the worst in East Africa for 60 years and the UN described it as a "humanitarian emergency".

A Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal will be broadcast by the BBC.

Comedian Lenny Henry will front the BBC TV appeal while broadcaster Kate Adie will voice the radio version.

The British public donated more than £1m to individual charities even before the DEC appeal was launched.

Save the Children had received £560,000, Oxfam £277,000 and the Red Cross £150,000.

DEC chief executive Brendan Gormley said thousands of destitute people were on the move into Kenya and Ethiopia.

More than 1,300 people a day were arriving in the Dadaab camp, already thought to be the world's largest with a population of 350,000.

A similar number are crossing into ETHIOPIA.

Many of those reaching the camps are severely malnourished children, some of whom have died soon after arriving.

'Preventing tragedy'

Mr Gormley said: "Slowly but surely, these people have seen their lives fall apart - crops, livestock and now their homes have been taken by the drought," .

"They've been left with no alternative but to seek shelter and life-saving help elsewhere.

"We have a duty to help quickly before the situation spirals out of control."

The UK has pledged £38m ($61m) in food aid to drought-hit Ethiopia - enough to feed 1.3 million people for three months.

The DEC appeal will help people in KENYA, SOMALIA, ETHIOPIA and SOUTH SUDAN, which will officially separate from the Republic of Sudan on 9 July.

Mr Gormley said: "Of course these people need a long-term solution with investment and political will - but right now it's about preventing a tragedy."

Aid agencies, including the Kenyan Red Cross, the Somali Red Crescent and Action Aid, are being helped by local groups to access remote areas with food, water and medical treatment.

UK International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell welcomed the appeal launch.

He said: "Through no fault of its own, the Horn of Africa is experiencing a severe drought caused by the failed rains.

"The British government is already providing vital food to help 1.3 million people - but more needs to be done and we are lobbying other governments to do their bit.

"We welcome the DEC appeal to help the 10 million men, women and children caught up in the crisis.

"British charities and organisations are on the ground and ready to help, but need this additional support to get emergency supplies to those in desperate need."


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14098646

10 July 2011 Last updated at 12:05 GMT

Somalis escaping the drought flee to the capital By Martin Plaut

Africa editor, BBC World Service

Somalis are fleeing the region's worsening drought by going to the capital, Mogadishu, even though it is severely damaged by years of fighting.

The government says around 1,500 people arrive in the city every day, but they have little aid to offer them.

Ordinary people are providing what help they can, for families sheltered in the ruins of former government buildings.

SOMALIA is at the centre of a drought affecting around 10 million people in four countries in the Horn of Africa.

There are daily deaths in Mogadishu, with eight people dying overnight in just one area.

The rains have begun and with temperature dropping, children and the elderly are becoming ill.

Islamist militants of al-Shabab, who control much of the country except for the capital, have established a camp outside Mogadishu for drought victims. But they are discouraging people from crossing into government held areas, or leaving for camps in Kenya and Ethiopia.

There, international organisations have set up tents, food stores and clinics.


It is not clear why al-Shabab are doing this, but local leaders of civic organisations coping with the drought say the militants are using radio broadcasts to restrict people's movements.

Abdullahi Shirwa told the BBC: "They [al-Shabab] are saying over the radio that you cannot go to either Kenya nor to Mogadishu.

The head of the United Nations refugee agency, Antonio Guterres, says he wants aid agencies to go into Somalia to help drought victims, if obstacles of security can be overcome.

Delivering aid to many areas would involve deals with al-Shabab, which is listed by the US as "terrorist".

"There are very severe obstacles and links to security that need to be removed, but I think it is essential to move in that direction," Mr Guterres said.
 

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UNICEF: 500,000 CHILDREN IN EAST AFRICA AT RISK OF STARVING TO DEATH

UNICEF wants extended assistance & aid in the region in the Horn of Africa.

AS MANY AS 2 MILLION CHILDREN NEED FOOD AID.

The crisis is not restricted to the thousands of refugees from SOMALIA who are seeking refuge in the neighbouring countries. Affected are also millions of peasants in KENYA and ETHIOPIA. It is the worst drought for 60 years.

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THE UN: MILLIONS AFFECTED BY DROUGHT DISASTER IN EAST AFRICA

"It will take another 4-5 months before a harvest can take place", said Anthony Lake, the Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). "We have a huge task before us".

"In many regions, people are already too weak or too poor to look for help. Several factors have triggered the crisis", Mr Lake said. "The conflict in SOMALIA, the increase in petrol/gas prices as well as the increase in food prices and the fact that the rain did not come".

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NEWS IN RELATION TO THE SITUATION IN EAST AFRICA ON 3 AUGUST 2011


UNICEF ASKS AIRLINES FOR HELP

- "Quick help is double help", says Steen Andersen, who is the secretary-general in Unicef, Denmark.

Unicef asks the airlines for assistance with transporting the emergency aid to the drought-stricken and totally crisis-stricken East Africa.

Without prompt assistance, 700,000 children in the Horn of Africa are at risk of starving to death within the next couple of weeks.

Lufthansa, British Airways and Virgin are already assisting Unicef after having received the untraditional appeal.

We have no pledges from Danish airlines - yet", says Steen Andersen.

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