Thursday, October 27, 2005


I'm one day late with this, but Blog quake day is an imaginative initiative to enlist the scope of the blogoverse to solicit an increasing wave of donations for the South Asian earthquake victims. As the UN general secretary and the relief agencies have been saying today, the situation is beyond critical with the cold closing in and governments way behind their aid pledges and targets. Well done to Desipundit (best of the Indian blogosphere) for getting this moving - let's make it a week. At least. Hat tip to Pickled Politics for the nod. All the major agencies are listed.

See also: British groups unite on earthquake relief appeal; Faith groups respond rapidly to South Asia quake tragedy; Kashmir quake aid crosses communal and belief boundaries; Fears for aid workers as Kashmiri violence festers. There are links in there to Christian Aid, CAFOD and Tearfund.

UK donations have been flooding in via the Disasters Emergency Committee website –, via the 24-hour automated donations phone line – 0870 60 60 900 – and by cheques to PO Box 999, London EC3A 3AA. Contributions can also be made at high street banks and post offices or through PayPoint.

The thirteen DEC member agencies are Action Aid, British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International UK, Christian Aid, Concern, Help the Aged, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision. Some of these well-established groups are secular and some are rooted in religious – specifically Christian and Muslim – agencies. Together they are committed to providing assistance to all, without regard to creed, race, gender or ability.

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