David on May 4th, 2009
A year has passed since Cyclone Nargis made landfall in Myanmar on 5/2/08, causing catastrophic destruction and nearly 150,000 fatalities, with thousands missing, and over 800,00 people displaced. Damage was estimated at over US$10 billion, which made it the most damaging cyclone ever recorded in the North Indian Ocean Basin.
Today, tens of thousands of people across the Irrawaddy Delta in Myanmar are still homeless and struggling. Forty-percent of the homeless are children.
To make a contribution to UNICEF and to support their efforts to provide humanitarian aid to the victims of Cyclone Nargis, visit their official website by clicking here.
To go to a previous post on Cyclone Nargis (from 5/13/08), click here.
David on April 21st, 2009
AIDS Lifecycle 8, the fund-raising bicycle ride covering 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles, is being held May 31 to June 6, 2009.
According to the official AIDS Lifecycle website, the annual ride:
… is the official cycling event of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center;
… is about HIV/AIDS and raising money to help the beneficiaries continue to provide the critical services and education needed to meet the growing needs of our community;
… increases awareness and knowledge about HIV/AIDS among participants, their donors and the general public;
… addresses the widespread misperception that HIV and AIDS are no longer a problem — in fact more people are living with HIV & AIDS today than ever before, which means a much greater need for services;
… provides a reminder that the rate of HIV infection is increasing, particularly in communities of color and in individuals under the age of 25. In California alone there are 60,000 people living with AIDS, and another estimated 91,000 living with HIV, many unaware of their infection;
… requires each cyclist to raise a minimum of $3,000. Each cyclist is assigned to a personal Cyclist Representative for assistance with training, fundraising and emotional and practical support from the moment they register through the event’s completion.
To make a donation to AIDS Lifecycle 8 and/or to support a specific rider in this year’s event, go to the official AIDS Lifecycle 8 website by clicking here.
If you don’t have a specific friend, family member or colleague who is participating in the AIDS Lifecycle 8 this year, please consider supporting Bart McDermott of San Francisco, CA, by making a contribution that will help him get closer to (or surpass) his goal. To visit Bart’s homepage within the AIDS Lifecycle 8 website and to make a contribution online, click here. Any contribution helps and will be much appreciated.
David on May 13th, 2008
An estimated 2.0 million people across the Irrawaddy Delta in Myanmar are now facing a huge hunger and health crisis due to lack of water, food and medical aid following the devastating effects of Cyclone Nargis which struck the region on May 3rd. The following agencies are providing assistance and contributions may be made by mail or online. (List Source: New York Times)
ACTION AGAINST HUNGER
247 West 37th Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY
88 Hamilton Avenue
Stamford, Conn. 06902
AMERICAN JEWISH JOINT DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE
Myanmar Cyclone Relief
P.O. Box 530
132 East 43rd St.
New York, N.Y., 10017
AMERICAN JEWISH WORLD SERVICE
45 West 36th Street
New York, N.Y. 10018
151 Ellis Street
Atlanta, Ga. 30303
(800) 521-CARE (521-2273)
CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES
Southeast Asia Natural Disaster
P.O. Box 17090
Baltimore, Md. 21203-7090
INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS/RED CRESCENT
P.O. Box 372
CH-1211 Geneva 19, Switzerland
INTERNATIONAL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHARITIES
P.O. Box 630225
Baltimore, Md. 21263-0225
SAVE THE CHILDREN
Myanmar Cyclone Response
54 Wilton Road
Westport, Conn. 06880
U.N. HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES
For U.S. residents: USA for UNHCR
1775 K St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
U.S. FUND FOR UNICEF
125 Maiden Lane
New York, N.Y. 10038
(800) 4-UNICEF (486-4233)
WORLD FOOD PROGRAM
Friends of the World Food Program
1819 L Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
P.O. Box 9716
Federal Way, Wash. 98063-9716
(888) 56-CHILD (562-4453)