The terrifying tsunami that washed from southern Asia to Africa on Boxing Day has dominated the headlines this week.
Earlier today (Wednesday Dec. 29) the CBC put the number of dead at over 76,000 and rising. The number is catastrophic because for every death there are dozens of injuries. Local economies have been wiped away. Homes disappeared and families were torn apart. Transportation and infrastructure were destroyed. Drinking water and food are in short supply. The threat of disease is everywhere.
Little news is forthcoming about mining projects in the region. But let’s set aside our concerns about mining and spare a thought for those millions of people affected.
Here is a list of some of the aid agencies that would welcome any help you can offer to the victims:
Canadian Red Cross, www.redcross.ca
CARE Canada, www.care.ca
Doctors Without Borders, www.msf.org
Oxfam Canada, www.oxfam.ca
UNICEF Canada, www.unicef.ca
World Vision Canada, www.worldvision.ca
These websites contain information on making monetary donations. At this time, money is the best thing to offer because it can be used to source needed items close to the disaster and save on shipping costs.
I have just made my own donation and urge you to take a minute to do the same.