Dear friends, well-wishers and partners of LIRNEasia, all members of the LIRNEasia team based in Colombo are safe. Despite the devastation wrought by the tsunami over most of coastal Sri Lanka on Dec 26, our office is functioning.
Sarvodaya is grass-roots organization that has been around for 47 years and is doing an incredible job of getting relief to the tsunami victims. They have an extensive network of volunteers and stations in 34 Sri Lankan towns, including the most heavily damaged. Although they are busy providing temporary shelters, drinking water, food and medicine to tsunami victims, they are also gearing up for medium and long-term rehabilitation that includes reconstructing homes, providing trauma counselling, preventing outbreak of disease and providing a home to the orphaned children. Sarvodaya accepts donation by credit card (Mastercard & Visa), Paypal and other methods of sending money. Please visit their website: http://www.sarvodaya.org/
On the poicy intervention front, we are moving fast on a disaster management proposal which will be written by a disaster management expert and will be presented in the third week of January to a group of 70 composed of disaster management experts, civil society groups, and representatives from government. Once this proposal is finalized it will presented to the President’s office and if adopted could probably save thousands of lives when disaster strikes us next, lives that were needlessly lost this time around….
Please check back for regular updates.
Many of you are looking for your relatives and acquaintances in Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, we don’t have resources to locate them ourselves. But we can point you to organizations that are helping out in the search (please list more organizations you may be aware off):
Red Cross: http://www.familylinks.icrc.org/srilanka/locate