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Urgent Humanitarian Relief required for Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry Tsunami Victims

by Sadasivananda das

Posted January 3, 2005

[ All donations are 501(c)3 tax deductible. ]

Dear Devotees, Friends / FOLKs,

Please accept our pranams.

The biggest earthquake in 40 years has killed thousands and left thousands more homeless and vulnerable.

We are all very saddened by the terrible devastation the tsunami waves (Killer waves) have caused to our dear brothers and sisters here in the costal areas of Chennai and Pondicherry.

At this hour, our volunteers are on the ground delivering free food, aid and assistance. We need your support at this very critical hour. Relief activities are going on from Monday, 27th December onwards. We started with distribution of hot kichari (a wholesome food made of rice / mung dahl and vegetables), variety rice and pongal (southindian delicacy). Though there are many other organisations and the governement distributing food packets - people preferred our hot kichari / pongal as the packed food had distasteful smell.

On the 28th and 29th we started moving to remote hamlets since the main costal areas had many organisations catering to relief. We are co-ordinating relief in Pudupattinam, Vadapattinam areas, which are very remote and hadn`t received any relief till our visit.

Most of the hutments have been washed with their belongings and thousands are stranded on the streets. People have taken shelter in nearby schools and temples.

With another warning coming from the state government today people wanted transport facilities and our volunteers are shifting the people to safer places as far as Maduranthagam (around 50 - 60kms). Another team is meanwhile arranging for blankets and sleeping mats.

In such a situation with millions of displaced people suffering in need of food and clothing it seems an impossible task, but we should not let this discourage us. Let every one of us help in whatever little way we can.

We humbly request all those with sufficient means to donate towards the tsunami relief work in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.

Thankyou for supporting such a sublime cause!

Please forward this to your friends and give them an opportunity too.

Your servants,
The Dasanudas Team.

We would like to thank all of our friends, devotees and donors who have contributed towards our projects in the past and request everyone to offer whatever service they can, regardless of how small, to help this urgent cause.

DONATE ONLINE at: www.dasanudas.org.

DONATIONS BY CHEQUE/ DEMAND DRAFT

Please make it payable to "Shri Dasanudas International Charities" Send your Check / DD to the following address

Outside India:

Shri Dasanudas International Charities
Samit Mahendra Shah (Secretary)
308 Broad Avenue
Susquehanna, PA 18847

For a Direct / Wire Transfer:

Name : Shri Dasanudas International Charities
Account Number : # 01851-02631 (Checking Account)
Bank : BANK OF AMERICA
CA7-106-01-01
135 WEST BONITA AVENUE
SAN DIMAS, CA 91773

Donating within India:

If you live within India, you can deposit donations at any branch of ICICI Bank throughout India. Use the bank's deposit slip or envelope, and make the cheque/demand draft out to "Shri Dasanudas Charities". Include our account number on the deposit slip: Account No. 000101057168.

(Demand drafts can be made payable at your local city where you deposit the donation.) You may leave the donation (attached to the deposit slip) in the deposit drop box; there is no need for you to wait in the queue.

If there is no branch of ICICI Bank in your city, you can send the donation to us by post.

Please send it by Registered Post to the following address (if sending a DD, please make it payable at Chennai, Tamil Nadu):

Shri Dasanudas Charities
49/22, Brindavan Street Extension
S2, Naveen Dwaraka
West Mambalam
Chennai - 600 033.
Ph: +91 - 44 - 521 16108

Thankyou.

Yours in the service of Lord Sri Krishna,

Sadasivananda Dasa
and the Dasanudas Team.