What else can we do? Any ideas? How do we help? Fundraisers? Emails/ Letters to the Editors? UN?
A combined day of fundraising across ALL blogs? Like that inconsequential Blog Day that happened on August 31? But, for collecting donations? We all have to help. But, how? How do we take this from the online world into the real one? How do we help?
From the news that I have followed, it doesn't seem just like a fundraising issue. While a lot less money has been given than is needed, there is a lack of supplies, especially tents etc., as well. I guess the first thing to consider is what would be the best thing we should do. Send money or specific supplies? If you want to organize a blog fundraising day, then let's go for it. Let's get as many bloggers involved as we can, especially a few of the somewhat bigger names (by which I mean bloggers with lots of visitors). BTW, how's your fundraising after the initial burst?
Zack: you are right that supplies is becoming the crucial thing - tents/medical etc. Sending those over, obviously, is quite a tough task that only organizations can undertake. Bloggers, can only raise awareness and money. I have from checks and online donations - collected $2000 since I posted last Saturday. Can you identify who the big bloggers are? Instapundit? Atrios? JMM? They are all busy with Fitzmas. dKos? or desi-centric like Sepia Mutiny. They had a post today as well on doing something collective.
Tell me how do you need help with posters. I maybe able to help.
Sepoy: I've left much the same comment on SepiaMutiny. I think the effort ought to focus on building large community shelters in lowland areas and bringing/urging people to move in temporarily while their homes are being rebuilt. Kumar
I guess sleeping bags and rain-proof tents will be two of the most valuable items for the survivors.
I think we have to somehow get the popular media involved again. The story is starting to fading off the US front pages. Not sure how to do this.(maybe send them emails urging them to try and keep helping, help them get news from the across the globe..anything.). We need to somehow make this event have the same grip as the Katrina event.
Sepoy: OPEN (www.opensiliconvalley.com) sent out an email this morning to its members requesting them to write letters to the UK Government and NATO to assign more helicopters to the relief efforts. The text of the email is below. The form letter for NATO can be found at http://tinyurl.com/buxea and for the UK government at http://tinyurl.com/e3vkt --- Folks, With the worst affected areas in northern Pakistan remaining largely inaccessible, the ONLY way to rescue the injured and to get humanitarian and medical aid to the remaining survivors before the start of winter is by using helicopters. Pakistan's most critical needs remain: (1) helicopters to carry aid and rescue the injured, and (2) winterized tents. The U.S. Government has reacted very positively and allocated more helicopters to the aid effort to reach a total of 30. While there are an estimated 60 helicopters operational and another 20 in the pipeline, aid agencies estimate that at least another 70 helicopters are required to save lives before it is too late. WE MUST REACH OUT TO GOVERNMENTS AND NATO TO SOLVE THIS CRISIS. Here is what you can do: 1. Please write to the British Prime Minister Tony Blair requesting that he allocate more British helicopters to the aid effort. At the moment, Britain has only allocated 3 of its own helicopters to the aid effort. Download the form letter and customize it with your address, the date and name. A customized letter will have greater impact. Feel free to personalize it further but please maintain a respectful tone at all times. There are two ways to send the letter to Tony Blair: i) Email: Once you customize the letter, copy and paste it into the Web email form at http://www.number-10.gov.uk/output/page821.asp. Choose "International Affairs" from the drop-down menu. ii) Fax: Once you customize and sign the letter, fax it to Prime Minister Blair at 011-44-2079250918. 2. Please write to the NATO Secretary-General requesting that he and the NATO Ambassadors assign NATO's helicopter assets to the aid effort. Download the form letter and customize it with your address, the date and name. A customized letter will have greater impact. Feel free to personalize it further but please maintain a respectful tone at all times. There are two ways to send the letter to the NATO Secretary-General: i) Email: Once you customize the letter, send it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject header, please write "For the attention of the NATO Secretary-General regarding Pakistan earthquake relief". ii) Fax: Once you customize and sign the letter, fax it to the Secretary-General at 011-322-7074117 or 011-322-7071252. 3. Please call President Bush and thank him for his support, but request him to send at lest 50 more: E-mail: email@example.com Phone: (202) 456-1414 Fax: (202) 456-2461 Please also contact your Senators & Congress persons with this appeal. You can get there contacts at: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/ Please forward this email to everyone you know. Thank you. OPEN Executive Committee OPEN National Chapters
* please distribute. * Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ Asalamu'alaikum, Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ We would like to thank everyone who has contributed in any way to the earthquake relief efforts.Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ May Allah (SWT) bless all of you and your efforts & may He speed the recovery and rehabilitation of the earthquake affected regions.Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ We are now only collecting monetary donations, medical supplies, and tents, as these are the most urgently needed goods in Pakistan right now.Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ The Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati has set up a fund at all 5th/3rd Banks, under the name "Islamic Center Pakistan Earthquake Fund".Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ Please donate generously.Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ We are also working with NGOs that have arranged a contract from a factory in China that has agreed to ship army tents to Pakistan at a minimal cost.Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ We urgently need people to agree to purchase as many tents as possible. Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ Each tent costs $75, can hold 5-7 people at a time, and is wind, rain, & snow proof.Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ The tents will be ready and delivered within a weeks time.Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ Upon delivery, UNICEF is coordinating the ground efforts to distribute the tents in coordinationÂ¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ with the US & Pakistan military.Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ Tents are in extreme shortage & are needed ASAP.Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ Please donate generously to purchase these tents.Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ We will be keeping track of the orders that are placed and received in Pakistan, so please be assured that the process will be legitimate and transparent.Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ The official order for the tentsÂ¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ must be placed within the next 11 hours, so we need to collect as many individual orders for tents as we can within the next few hours.Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ If you would like to donate money for a tent ($75 per tent), or if you have any further questions, please contact Samar Kaukab (513.252.6124) or Shamila Ahmad (513.774.7843), no later thanÂ¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ 9 p.m. tonight (10/19). Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ The specifications for the tents are as follows: Army Tent: US$ 75.05/PC - Fits 5-7 people - Size:300x270x180cm - Material: 330g/m2 T/C with PU coating(water-proof,UV-proof,wind-proof,sand-proof,mildew-proof,keepingÂ¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ ( warmth),glass-fibre pole,bottom is PE. - N.W: 15kg/pc - Packing: 2pcs/carton,70X40X42cm/carton - Load: about 900pcs/40'container, 1x20'container/450pcs Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ For more information, please contact: Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Shamila Ahmad: 513-774-7843 Sadaf Wahidi:Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ 513-237-2473 Samar Kaukab:Â¬Â¨â€šÃ„â€ 513-252-6124
Can you identify who the big bloggers are? Instapundit? Atrios? JMM? I had in mind someone who has a large number of readers, let's say about 10,000 visits a day or more. Preferably someone outside of desis (so word gets to more people and communities) but even a desi would do. Your idea of a Blog Day for this sounds good. A good thing would be to get lots of bloggers (in different blogging communities) to participate.