Tsunami Disaster
The LGBT community responds to Asia Disaster
03/01/2005
"Ordinary citizens are buying food, water, medicines, clothes etc from our own money and sending it to the affected areas. We need an enormous amount of help here".

ILGA co-Secretary General and funder of Equal Ground, a Sri Lankan NGO fighting for equal rights, Rosanna Flamer Caldera has been sending us news on the situation in her country. She calls on all of us to donate money to help the relief effort.

Please check the following sites to make a donation:

Equal ground, an LGBT association directly on the ground in Sri Lanka

The Rainbow World fund, an LGBT humanitarian agency which works in collaboration with Care

We are told women in Sri Lanka has also turned to the Women’s organisation Madre for help.

“We need an enormous amount of help here" says Rosanna Flamer Caldera. Speaking only from the Sri Lankan perspective as one of the hardest hit countries, we are in such bad need of resources. Aid is not coming as quickly as hoped."

"What is happening here is that we - and I mean just ordinary citizens - are buying food, water, medicines, clothes etc from our own money and sending it to the affected areas. We are running out of money now and we need more and more and soon!”

We are doing fine at the moment. Physically that is....emotionally and mentally....well, that is a different story. We are up to our necks in relief efforts. We have been helping to bag food supplies and doing admin and coordination - I have also volunteered to be the official photographer for the consortium of NGO's that are coordinating relief efforts...so I will have to travel to the field in the next few days. Not sure how I am going to survive that...but one has to do that as well. It’s really grim here. We watch the death toll mounting...over 25,000 as of last night. The loss of livelihoods and displacement, the loss of infrastructure like roads, railways, hospitals etc is unimaginable. To recover from this we need a HUGE infusion of cash.

Equal ground has set up a charitable fund to collect monies for relief efforts. We hope to use those funds for small pockets of survivors who are not being reached by the larger agencies. We also intend using those funds for longer term sustainability rather than a short term injection.



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