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ElaineinIN Donating Member (345 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-30-04 12:23 PM
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74. Episcopal Relief Efforts update rom Tuesday
I would be absolutely stunned if the Episcopals use this as an opportunity to evangelize. In fact if I heard of such an instance, I would not hesitate to withdraw my pledge to my church. Here is the update from Episcpoal world relief:

With numbers of dead and homeless rising across southern Asia in the wake of December 26th's unprecedented Indian Ocean tsunami, Episcopal Relief and Development has begun emergency response efforts and welcomes financial contributions to aid these initiatives.
ERD representatives request that contributions be directed to Episcopal Relief and Development, South Asia Relief Fund, P.O. Box 12043, Newark, NJ 07101. Contributions may also be forwarded on-line ( / ).

Devastation is reported worst in Sri Lanka, Thailand, and India among other southern Asian countries.

The retired Anglican bishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka, the Rt. Rev. Kenneth Fernando, was the first to reach the Episcopal News Service with comment by electronic mail December 27: "We have received many inquiries about the situation in Sri Lanka after the disaster. It has been a very heavy disaster. Most of those affected are the poor who live in little shanties by the sea. They have lost everything.

"Our churches are being used as temporary camps and the government, and NGO's (non-governmental organizations) are beginning to function.

"Since we live near a lake only a few miles from the sea, we had a few anxious moments as I thought the water level of the lake would rise. But there has been no change at all."

Fernando -- who is well known for building Buddhist-Christian-Muslim dialogue and has served the Anglican Communion as head of its NIFCON effort to build interfaith dialogue with the use of technology among other strategies -- said that various relief agencies, including OXFAM and the World Council of Churches, had begun helping Sri Lanka.

"Many thanks for your concern for us," he added. "We are hoping there will be no after shocks, The people are very frightened."

Meanwhile, from the Church of South India, Bishop Thomas Samuel of the Diocese of Madhya Kerala, sent the following message to Oregon Bishop Johncy Itty:

"It is with deep distress and immense grief that I share with you the terrible tragedy that has hit the coastal regions of Tamil-Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Sri Lanka. The magnitude of the disaster is difficult to comprehend mainly becasuse of its unexpected nature and also because of lack of exact statistics. The figure of the death toll in South India has gone up to 15,000. This tragedy has suddenly made us not only challenged into rising up to the situation but also made us realize our insufficiency and vulnerability.

"The worst-hit Alappuzha and Kollam are in Madhya Kerala Diocese where thousands were rendered homeless and many were reported missing. Many in these areas were caught and crushed and washed away before they even knew what was happening. There is no electricity and borewells put for drinking water supply were also destroyed. This is the worst national disaster in recent history because it is affecting so many heavily populated coastal areas. We could have epidemics within a few days unless we get health systems up and runing.

"Our diocesan pastors and leaders have rushed to the disaster areas with food, clothing, medicine etc. Our focus is on supply of drinking water, food and clothing. Sanitation is a big problem. Many camps have been set up to accommodate thousands of homeless people.

"We would greatly appreciate if you would kindly extend your generous support to the relief work. Please do remember us in your prayers."

Also in Tamil-Nadu, Bishop V. Devasahayam of India's Diocese of Chennai, a port center, concurred in a phone interview reported to ERD that the worst damage was in Tamil-Nadu, south of Madras. He said among the hardest hit were fisher-folk, many of whom were fishing at the time of the tsunami. Some 2,000 power boats and 20,000 catamarans were lost, he said. Many of the islands have been washed out. The bishop said his diocese has set up relief stations in many of the churches. He said the local cathedral complex survived as did many of the churches, including St. Mary's by-the-Sea.
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  -List of agencies helping quake/tsunami victims quaoar  Dec-27-04 03:56 PM   #0 
  - This is such a horrible tragedy  Blue_Roses   Dec-27-04 04:04 PM   #1 
  - One facet of it is that huge support will be needed for a LONG time  Nothing Without Hope   Dec-27-04 04:29 PM   #6 
  - Doctors Without Borders  ElsewheresDaughter   Dec-28-04 09:57 PM   #51 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Feb-01-05 09:49 PM   #109 
  - I gave to Mercy Corps  flamingyouth   Dec-27-04 04:07 PM   #2 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Feb-01-05 09:48 PM   #108 
  - Thanks! Oxfam is also involved. We need to set up on home page.  Nothing Without Hope   Dec-27-04 04:12 PM   #3 
  - I think you have to nominate a thread for the admins to do that  quaoar   Dec-27-04 04:15 PM   #4 
  - What I am hoping for is more than just the thread on the HP.  Nothing Without Hope   Dec-27-04 04:27 PM   #5 
  - OXFAM address  Imalittleteapot   Dec-28-04 06:34 PM   #43 
  - Thank you for posting this list n/t  NYsocialworker   Dec-27-04 04:41 PM   #7 
  - Kick  indigo32   Dec-27-04 05:06 PM   #9 
  - Welcome to DU NYsocialworker  donheld   Dec-28-04 02:42 AM   #30 
  - This is definitely a time to pull together.  UltraDem   Dec-27-04 05:01 PM   #8 
  - So sad :(  ExclamationPoint   Dec-27-04 06:08 PM   #10 
  - Thanks, DUers!  chadk   Dec-27-04 08:54 PM   #21 
  - Sympathies from California  kineneb   Dec-27-04 10:19 PM   #26 
  - Welcome to DU from another Californian. And yes, we DO sympathize.  calimary   Dec-29-04 05:24 AM   #60 
  - So sorry, chadk  SpaceCatMeetsMars   Dec-28-04 08:26 AM   #33 
  - THANK YOU ALL  chadk   Dec-29-04 09:54 AM   #62 
     - Welcome, chadk  Joy Anne   Dec-30-04 08:32 PM   #83 
  - You're so right...  UltraDem   Dec-28-04 10:21 AM   #34 
  - Thank you  kdunagin   Jan-04-05 01:37 PM   #91 
  - Thanks  Synnical   Dec-27-04 07:15 PM   #11 
  - I have donated regularly to Doctors w/o Borders for several years  sybylla   Dec-27-04 07:44 PM   #15 
     - That's good info thanks  Stephanie   Dec-27-04 07:51 PM   #17 
     - Yeah - the check is written  Synnical   Dec-27-04 08:42 PM   #18 
     - you've convinced me  Skittles   Dec-27-04 09:25 PM   #24 
     - see my post 83  Joy Anne   Dec-30-04 08:34 PM   #84 
  - Any thoughts on the most efficient and direct route?  CBHagman   Dec-27-04 07:26 PM   #12 
  - I'm thinking the International Red Cross n/t  Synnical   Dec-27-04 07:35 PM   #13 
     - Here's a link to the American Red Cross site where you can..  Princess Turandot   Dec-28-04 04:32 AM   #31 
     - we donated to the Red Cross and highlighted the International  AgadorSparticus   Dec-29-04 12:26 AM   #54 
        - I just donated to the International Relief Fund  dumtacetclamat   Dec-29-04 07:23 PM   #69 
     - Media Bias in the Tsunami Relief  garthranzz   Jan-16-05 10:14 PM   #103 
  - Here's the UNICEF link (The other link is incomplete)  CBHagman   Dec-27-04 07:39 PM   #14 
  - Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has committed $100,000  Calvinist Basset   Dec-27-04 07:49 PM   #16 
  - The mainstream religious relief groups help people without regard  Lydia Leftcoast   Dec-27-04 08:51 PM   #19 
     - You're right  Calvinist Basset   Dec-27-04 09:23 PM   #23 
     - Correct  JaneDoughnut   Dec-28-04 08:53 PM   #49 
  - Updated List on LightUpTheDarkness Blog  kerrygoddess   Dec-27-04 08:53 PM   #20 
  - Thank you quaoar for posting this extensive list of agencies.  undergroundrailroad   Dec-27-04 09:19 PM   #22 
  - I'm so glad we have this pinned  proud patriot   Dec-27-04 09:56 PM   #25 
  - thank you n/t  G_j   Dec-27-04 10:36 PM   #27 
  - Thank you. I'll spread this to my constituents. Wanna' make a POLITICAL  Just Me   Dec-27-04 10:59 PM   #28 
  - UGH, i've got friends on Koh Samui  DarkSim   Dec-28-04 02:03 AM   #29 
  - I'd like to mention another organization  Redstone   Dec-28-04 07:32 AM   #32 
  - World Vision  roody   Dec-28-04 11:33 AM   #35 
  - World Vision Questionable  duncanidaho   Dec-29-04 11:38 AM   #64 
  - thank you for this list  dogindia   Dec-28-04 11:44 AM   #36 
  - Further Updates on Relief List  kerrygoddess   Dec-28-04 01:00 PM   #37 
  - Don't forget the Episcopalians  janetle   Dec-28-04 01:40 PM   #38 
  - Added this to the updated list on LUTD  kerrygoddess   Dec-28-04 07:35 PM   #47 
  - Thank You  janetle   Dec-29-04 10:27 AM   #63 
     - You're welcome  kerrygoddess   Dec-29-04 04:25 PM   #68 
  - Episcopal Relief Efforts update rom Tuesday  ElaineinIN   Dec-30-04 12:23 PM   #74 
  - I second this recommendation -  diplomats   Jan-10-05 08:04 PM   #100 
  - I want to donate some money for the relief  arikara   Dec-28-04 03:00 PM   #39 
  - exactly  hatredisnotavalue   Dec-28-04 05:23 PM   #42 
  - A little more info about Doctors Without Borders for anyone that wants it  SpaceCatMeetsMars   Dec-29-04 12:04 PM   #65 
  - The guy from Oxfam was on Newshour tonight  ginnyinWI   Dec-28-04 07:34 PM   #46 
  - Thanks, as it turns out  arikara   Dec-29-04 01:56 PM   #66 
  - thank you for posting this list....  mutley_r_us   Dec-28-04 03:42 PM   #40 
  - Just gave $100 to Doctors Without Borders  hatredisnotavalue   Dec-28-04 05:18 PM   #41 
  - they're doing a lot of aid in Sudan  Skittles   Jan-15-05 05:15 PM   #102 
  - Please also consider  Ready2Snap   Dec-28-04 07:03 PM   #44 
  - good for you R2S  Skittles   Jan-18-05 12:48 AM   #104 
  - How ironic  nascarblue   Dec-28-04 07:13 PM   #45 
  - My family gave to OXFAM  LeftPeopleFinishFirst   Dec-28-04 08:36 PM   #48 
  - Are non-monetary donations needed?  JaneDoughnut   Dec-28-04 08:58 PM   #50 
  - Red cross requests donations in cash rather than goods  imenja   Dec-29-04 01:16 AM   #57 
  - this is a helpful website  SueZhope   Dec-28-04 09:59 PM   #52 
  - Great Effort!!! is a great way to go...  Peter Frank   Dec-28-04 10:36 PM   #53 
  - DU Admin...I have sent money to each...  imax2268   Dec-29-04 12:29 AM   #55 
  - I purposely avoided the 'in your face' rhetoric...  Peter Frank   Dec-29-04 01:01 AM   #56 
  - concur  imenja   Dec-29-04 01:17 AM   #58 
     - Thank you imenja ...  Peter Frank   Dec-29-04 01:58 AM   #59 
        - .  kindoki   Jan-23-05 11:11 AM   #106 
  - They don't want collected food and clothing  Stephanie   Dec-29-04 09:29 AM   #61 
     - Well...  imax2268   Dec-30-04 01:26 PM   #76 
  - Thanks for the list. Here's another agency to add to it:  Arkansas Gazette   Dec-29-04 02:22 PM   #67 
  - kick!!!  dumtacetclamat   Dec-29-04 07:35 PM   #70 
  - Tsunami Relief Effort Update  kerrygoddess   Dec-29-04 09:33 PM   #71 
  - I just gave pretty big to Oxfam, but I'm afraid no amount of money can  SmartBomb   Dec-29-04 10:59 PM   #72 
  - we can't releive their sorrow  Skittles   Dec-30-04 12:29 PM   #75 
  - Donate for free  inslee08   Dec-30-04 12:44 AM   #73 
  - I'm donating $100 to Doctors Without Borders  catbert836   Dec-30-04 02:03 PM   #77 
  - ameriKa lost ?  c o f f e e   Dec-30-04 02:27 PM   #78 
  - You can donate airline mileage here  firedoglake   Dec-30-04 03:04 PM   #79 
  - UNICEF link is missing a "g" at the end.  Placebo   Dec-30-04 03:09 PM   #80 
  -  JohnLocke   Dec-30-04 05:06 PM   #81 
  - I went through the  Historic NY   Dec-30-04 07:01 PM   #82 
  - Doctors Without Borders  uppityperson   Dec-30-04 10:39 PM   #85 
  - Their site says that they do not need anymore $$ for this effort.  Kitka   Jan-03-05 01:00 PM   #88 
  - If you have a few dollars left, please consider this  Neecy   Jan-01-05 01:29 PM   #86 
  - I donated to Christian Aid  Dob Bole   Jan-03-05 09:20 AM   #87 
  - Donated to Mercy Corps today, and will donate to Doctors Without Borders..  HuckleB   Jan-03-05 05:09 PM   #89 
  - Donated to International Red Cross today.  SCRUBDASHRUB   Jan-03-05 05:43 PM   #90 
  - What is the relief agency who has peace as the middle word?  tyedyeto   Jan-04-05 08:51 PM   #92 
  - maybe this one?  iverglas   Jan-06-05 05:13 PM   #96 
  - Also  hyphenate   Jan-04-05 09:51 PM   #93 
  - American Humanist Association to Support Tsunami Disaster Relief Efforts  IanDB1   Jan-05-05 02:18 PM   #94 
  - American Refugee Committee  MrsMatt   Jan-05-05 04:12 PM   #95 
  - I agree MrsMatt!  Shananigans   Jan-07-05 11:03 PM   #97 
  - Public matching donation site available  TheWebHead   Jan-08-05 05:48 AM   #98 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-10-05 01:08 PM   #99 
  - Secular Humanist Aid and Relief Effort raises $22,000 in one week  IanDB1   Jan-11-05 02:16 PM   #101 
  - Not much overlap with the big donors to inauguration n/t  old blue   Jan-20-05 04:03 PM   #105 
  - Ricky Martin on Oprah today said they need people  TheGoldenRule   Jan-24-05 06:47 PM   #107 

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