Monday, January 03, 2005

Tsunami relief

Where and how? If you know, please tell me.

I've heard that the Indian community in Oman has been quite active in mobilizing donations. And since our local English press is primarily Indian, they've given it some coverage including a big article in today's Times of Oman. I haven't seen anything about how I can help disaster relief in Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Usually as soon as a disaster of this kind happens the embassies of the countries which are afflicted announce bank account numbers for accepting donations. At the very least, the Oman Charitable Org usually set up something to guide people. But this time I don't see anything. I don't know why, but we don't have the Red Crescent Association or the International Red Cross in Oman. Are they not allowed to operate in Oman, or is it that no one has come around to setting up a local chapter?

I read that in Italy a telecom company set up an SMS service where you just send a message and you get charged something like 1 Euro which goes directly to the tsunami relief fund. Wouldn't it be nice if Oman Mobile had something like that here in Oman?


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

muscati, we just sent all the stuff that we could to the Sri Lankan embassy. When I called, the person at the other end mentioned that they need tents, blankets, disposable syringes, paracetamol and dry foodstuff.

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