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“God cannot be so cruel. We are poor and needy. We work hard to make ends meet. Now he has rendered us homeless. God cannot be this cruel” would be the common lament among the 40 million people ravaged by floods in the eastern states of Bihar and Assam. With over 200 people dead, thousands of lost homes and the lingering threat of an epidemic this year’s floods have been particularly massive and are having a widespread devastating impact. In this hour of deep sorrow, the least we can do from far away America to the grief stricken souls, is help. Isn’t it better to light a candle rather than blame the darkness?

Association for India’s Development Inc. (AID), a nation-wide charity with over 30 chapters has been communicating with our partner organizations and other NGOs in Assam and Bihar over the past few weeks to assess the disaster and assist in the relief and rehabilitation efforts. Relief efforts are particularly essential to

support health needs and essential medicines, temporary shelters. Efforts to ensure access to food and clean water are also of immediate importance. Long-term rehabilitation efforts may be needed in terms of livelihood opportunities.

AID has set up a special fund for supporting relief and rehabilitation efforts and has sanctioned $10,000 toward the fund to begin support of relief efforts. This is just a small as the actual need for supporting our partners’ work alone may be four to six times this amount.

With over 22 million people of Indian origin living outside India and half of this 22 million living in the United States, AID appeals to the community at large to contribute significant additional amounts so that prompt relief and a more enduring rehabilitation effort for affected populations are possible. Any contributions in excess of the present need made toward the AID’s Relief and Rehabilitation Fund

will be used to fulfill other disaster relief needs on a case by case basis in the future.

Contributions to AID can be made through secure on-line credit-card deductions from AID’s website:

www.aidindia.org/AssamBiharFloods/AssamBiharFloods2004.html

where details and updates are available. Please indicate that your contribution is for the relief and rehabilitation fund. Contributions can also be sent by check mailed to:

AID – Zone 3,

P.O. Box 4801

Mountain View, CA 94040-0801

(Indicate “Relief and Rehabilitation Fund” in the check memo)

Please feel free to contribute any amount as at this time of need, even a small amount can make a huge difference.

Written by Sudarshan Suresh

July 28, 2004 at 5:15 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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