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September 29, 2005

How you can continue to help Thai tsunami survivors

Once again, I would like to thank everyone who has helped with the String Scrubbie Project. The project has sent more than $2,000 to help Thai people who survived the traumatic waves to rebuild their lives. This includes a recent donation of $50, but doesn't even include a few more out there that have been promised but not yet received.

Remaining scrubbies have been stitched into baby blankets to help survivors of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. We have sent eight to Louisiana, we have two more on hand, and at least two more are out there being stitched — along with new squares and blankets for our afghanalong.

And most importantly, crafters have come together to send a lot of heart to families, by doing what they love to do. All of you have proven that if everyone gives even just a little — people who need it benefit a LOT. This is what brings our communities together and builds peaceful relationships worldwide and nationwide.

Although our dishcloth project has come to a close, the Thai people still need help! They will need help throughout 2006 as well. Many villages were washed completely away. NGOs have set up schools, education, craft, housebuilding and conservation programs. If you still want to help the Thai people, please consider the following two groups, which I worked with extensively in Khao Lak and Kura Buri, Phang Nga Province, Thailand: North Andaman Tsunami Relief(NATR) and TsunamiVolunteer.net (TV).

NATR is located in Kura Buri (where I taught English), helping the most ravaged parts of Thailand rebuild after the tsunami. They have an eco-friendly and "teach a man to fish" philosophy. They are supporting school teachers, creating projects to support local economy and support women, selling handmade paper greeting cards, and building bridges, among other things. Donations are definitely tax deductible.

TsunamiVolunteer.net is located about two hours south of NATR in Khao Lak, which also was hard hit. TV focuses on providing volunteer labor for a variety of projects that they sponsor, or are sponsored by other caring fundraisers. They have built a boatyard for building and repairing boats, build homes for fishermen, teach English and create furniture for schools. I was able to participate in those projects, and TV has many more. TV is working on getting a 501(c)(3)status.

Thanks again for all of your hard work.

Namaste, and chok dee na ka,

Sedda K

North Andaman Tsunami Relief (tax deductible)
Business for the Environment Tsunami Relief Fund
3524 Dutch Way
Carmichael CA 95608

(tell Bodhi I said Hi!)

New! Now taking credit cards online!

or make a bank transfer:
Khrung Thai Bank Public Company Limited
35 Sukhumvit Rd , Bangkok 10110
Swift Code: KRTHTHBK

Routing No: 007895
Account Number: 000-0-01965-8
Account Name: Tsunami Volunteer
After making the wire transfer you should send an email to
Fundraising Coordinator (Tirian Mink) at fundraising(at)tsunamivolunteer.net
(and tell Tirian I said Hi!)

Posted by sedda at 09:44 AM