Tsunami Disaster Donations

Written by Rylee Newton
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The tragic tsunami of December 2004 continues to be devastating. Over 20 nations were affected, with about 170,000 deaths reported and nearly an equal number of missing persons. Nearly a million people were left homeless by the natural disaster, and aid is still need by many South Asian nations.

With the threat of imminent outbreaks of disease under control, aid organizations are now focusing on rebuilding the area. In Sri Lanka alone, for example, there are nearly 500,000 citizens without jobs. Thus, the recovery effort is going to be a long term process, meaning the effects of the tsunami are likely to be felt for years to come.

When it comes to donating to tsunami relief efforts, the selection in charitable organizations can be overwhelming. With so many different organizations stepping in to help the victims in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, it can be difficult to find one that provides the right kind of aid needed to rebuild these tsunami-torn countries.

Tsunami Relief Organizations

Since the rebuilding efforts will take billions of dollars, most organizations are still accepting donations of cash and other items. However, you will want to be sure that your money goes to an organization that can guarantee your donation will go directly to aid efforts rather than administrative costs. You may also want to look at the annual report and financial statements of the charity you are donating to--all reputable charities and aid organizations will have this information readily available on their websites.

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