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iverglas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-06-05 06:13 PM
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96. maybe this one?
Nonviolent Peaceforce.

I happened to be reading something on a progressive mailing list archive for my own area, and ran across a an article about the tsunami at the CBC, read it, saw the mention of this organization in the article, and remembered your question:

I'd never heard of it before. From here:

Our primary focus remains nonviolent peacekeeping. We will not lose sight of the peace and human rights dimensions of this tragedy. Our teams have lived and worked in conflicted areas for more than a year. In Mutur and Valaichchenai, they are the only international organizations living and working there.

Thus, they are now in a unique position to identify and advocate aid to unserved areas. They also are implementing a "Do No Harm" approach that emphasizes depoliticization of aid distribution, Sri Lankan control of the relief and rebuilding process and local capacity building. They are monitoring and making regular reports on instances of cooperation as well as conflict.

We were overwhelmed by your generous response to my last letter. On Tuesday we wired $99,200 USD directly to Sarvodaya for their grass roots relief work. Amid the catastrophe, Sarvodaya founder and president Ari Ariyaratne sees possibilities, "This is a very great opportunity we have where both sides should come together first for relief, then for rehabilitation, which can be followed by reconciliation."
and here:

Please consider making a donation to Oxfam, Sarvodaya, or Nonviolence International with whom we work and who are doing direct relief and humanitarian work. We know them to be strong and effective organizations on the ground in Sri Lanka.

Sarvodaya is a Sri Lankan organization with the largest community network in the country.

To donate to Sarvodaya online by credit card you may donate through the Nonviolent Peaceforce:

Go directly to the Sarvodaya donation page. 100% of the money we collect at this site will go to Sarvodaya.

I also wondered about CCODP -- Development and Peace. It's RC, but not evangelical; I worked with the local CCODP types in various solidarity efforts years ago. Of course, it's also Canadian ... ah, it's part of the global RC development/aid network:

Regarding questions raised in this thread about relief agencies with religious affiliations: many other religious organizations have reputable and trustworthy international development/aid arms -- Mennonites, Quakers, mainstream protestant churches. I'm a religion-hating atheist, but have little problem with their work.

World Vision is a different animal, and a complex one at that. It is evangelical, but not easily classified as right-wing. Nonetheless, I don't see any good reason for giving it money when its activities, unlike those of many overtly church-sponsored agencies, specifically include Christian evangelization.

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