View Full Version : Tsunami in Southeast Asia - Donations

Disinfo Agent
2004-Dec-29, 03:16 PM
There have been several posts about this horrible disaster, so I thought maybe some posters would like to make a donation to one of the institutions that will be going there to help the survivors. Caritas Internationalis (http://www.caritas.org/jumpNews.asp?idLang=ENG&idChannel=3&idUser=0&idNew s=2627) is one of them. Please list others that you know about. Thank you.

2004-Dec-29, 03:20 PM
Here (http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/asiapcf/12/28/tsunami.aidsites/index.html) is a CNN website with a huge list of organizations (and links to those organizations). Several I checked give you the ability to contribute on-line. I sent in my own donation to UNICEF.

Disinfo Agent
2004-Dec-29, 04:10 PM
There are some more in this thread (http://www.snopes.com/message/ultimatebb.php?/ubb/get_topic/f/53/t/001136/p/2.html) on the snopes message board.

Donnie B.
2004-Dec-29, 05:36 PM
You may want to check out the organization in some detail before you donate. Some have much higher overhead than others -- that is, less of your money goes to the people who need it most.

Though I'm not a religious person, I can tell you that some of the religion-affiliated organizations are at the top of the list in this regard (with unusually low overhead). Lutheran World Relief and Catholic Relief Services are among the best. Both of these are linked to from the CNN site.

Edited to add: here's a link to an independent watchdog group that rates charities:

2004-Dec-29, 07:34 PM
Amongst the e-mails I downloaded this evening was an unsolicited one from an organisation called 'Just for Peace' asking for donations. Their web site supposedly has pages in different languages, but they come up as '404, not found'.

There are a lot of images in the e-mail, but I've got images switched off in Evolution. The source code says they link to paypal.

The home page on the web site hosting 'Just for Peace' is in French, and I think it's something to do with finance. It would qualify for 'web pages that suck' because it put Firefox into full screen, removes scroll bars so I can't read the page, and the layers overlap. I suppose there may be a very small chance they are genuine, but I'm not even going to look further. If they are using this terrible disaster to con people out of money, that's despicable. Does anyone know anything about 'Just for Peace'?

I think I'll give money via Oxfam - I received an e-mail from them too, but that wasn't unsolicited.