Agencies line up to help

The Caymanian Compass is offering the following listing, which BBC provided, for people who want to offer aid to those surviving after this past weekend’s tsunamis in southern Asia:

The Disasters Emergency Committeewww.dec.org.uk – is an umbrella group of UK aid organisations – including ActionAid, British Red Cross, Oxfam – working to provide clean water, food and shelter to thousands. To call from the UK dial 0870 60 60 900.

The United Nations World Food Programmewww.wfp.org – is seeking donations to feed victims of the earthquake.

Medecins Sans Frontiereswww.msf.org – is sending aid workers to the region, focusing on medical care for survivors and displaced people after the rescue operations.

Islamic Reliefwww.islamic-relief.com – has also launched an appeal to provide medical supplies, tents and sanitation facilities for those affected.

The United Nations Children’s Fund, Unicefwww.unicef.org.uk – is working to meet the “urgent needs of hundreds of thousands of people” affected by the tsunami disaster.

The UN refugee agency, UNHCRwww.unhcr.ch – which has been helping victims of conflicts in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, is delivering relief supplies to tsunami survivors in both countries.

Save the Childrenwww.savethechildren.org.uk – has already flown a plane out to Sri Lanka carrying plastic sheeting for temporary shelter, tents to run children’s services from, and essentials such as clothing and cooking utensils.

Anti-poverty organisation Care Internationalwww.care.org – has already provided food for thousands of affected people in Sri Lanka.

Cafod, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Developmentwww.cafod.org.uk – is working with partners across Asia to provide shelter, food aid and medical assistance, and assessing what further relief is needed.

The Red Cross, and its sister charity the Red Crescent, is supplying blankets, cooking utensils and other crucial goods. It has had to set up a new site – www.ifrc.org – because of the unprecedented demand from people wanting to make donations.

Christian Aidwww.christianaid.org.uk – has already allocated £250,000 from its emergency fund to help the victims of this disaster but says more money is needed.

Christian charity Tearfundwww.tearfund.org – and its partners in Sri Lanka and India are helping devastated fishing communities and coastal villages get back on their feet.

The Islamic Aid Emergency Relief Fundwww.islamicaid.org.uk – aims to provide immediate relief and long-term support to people in the affected areas.

Another Islamic charity, Muslim Handswww.muslimhands.org – is collecting money and sending volunteers to help in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Medairwww.medair.org – is providing emergency support to agencies with a long term presence in Sri Lanka and its medical experts are assessing the likelihood of malaria and diarrhoea.

World Visionwww.worldvision.org.uk – has also launched an appeal and has already delivered relief goods to thousands.

Concernwww.concern.net – is working with local partners to meet the needs of families in the devastated coastal villages of Tamil Nadu, the worst affected state in India.

The International Rescue Committeewww.theirc.org – is providing emergency supplies and materials to “people most affected by the crisis”.

The Salvation Armywww.salvationarmy.org.uk has local teams working in a number of affected areas and is sending a team from its international headquarters on Wednesday evening.

Muslim Aidwww.muslimaid.org – has already donated £100,000 towards the purchase of food, clothing and medicine in the region but wants to raise more.

Action Aidwww.actionaid.org – is the biggest charity working in south India. It is focusing its relief work on the coast of Tamil Nadu, where 7,000 people died. It is working on providing medical assistance and sanitation for the survivors.

Asia Quake Relief Appeal UK, a UK-based Sri Lankan organisation, is also raising money and can be emailed at asia-[email protected]

You can donate to all the campaigns via their websites.

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