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Friday, December 31, 2004

How Americans and Canadians can send aid to Indonesia

From Tsunami Help

For those in US, who want to help the victims in Indonesia, the Indonesian Embassy has just put out a press release.

Excerpts:

For the time being, the victims urgently need, among others, the following items:
  • Food, including instant food [READY TO EAT FOOD] and baby food
  • Body bag
  • Drinking water
  • Generator set
  • Medicines
  • Blankets
  • Tents
  • Cotton
  • Mosquito nets
  • Water buckers
  • Clothes
  • Mattresses
Donations and contributions could be directly delivered to the National Coordinating Agency for Natural Disaster and Refugees Relief (Bakornas PBP). It is advised to have the list of items legalized by the Consular Division of the Embassy of Indonesia (tel. 202-7755314).

The address of the Bakornas PBP is as follow:
BAKORNAS PBP
Jl. Ir. H. Juanda No. 36
Jakarta Pusat 10110
Tel. (62-21) 3458400
Fax. (62-21) 3505075/3458500
Contact Person: Mr. Sugeng (cellphone: +628164850361)

Financial contribution could be made in cash, cheque, or through the Embassy’s bank account as follows:

Bank of America
730 15th Street, NW, 7th Fl.
Washington DC 20005
Account Name : Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
Account No. : 0020-874-82-642
Routing No. : 054001204
Purpose : “For Aceh and North Sumatera”.

Further information could be obtained from the Information Division of the Embassy of Indonesia, at 202- 7755337, 7755295, 7755306, 7755333, and 7755336.


For those of you in Canada, the Indonesian Embassy in Ottawa has the details on how to send relief:

Excerpts:

The Indonesian Embassy in Ottawa shall continuously update its website with the latest information regarding the victims and relief efforts underway in NAD and North Sumatra.

The Indonesian Embassy in Ottawa, in collaboration with the Indonesian Students Association in Canada, shall be holding an “Aceh and North Sumatra Earthquake Victims Emergency Relief Drive” all day and evening of Friday, 31 December 2004 for all who wish to submit donations to the victims of the tragedy. The Indonesian Embassy shall duly forward all donations to the victims in need in Aceh and North Sumatra, through the abovementioned working group.


2 Comments:

At 1:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello all,
Palang Merah Indonesia (PMI Indonesian Red Cross) has also set up a special account for US Dollar transfers specifically for the "Help Aceh People" donations.

Bank Mandiri
Cabang Wisma Baja Jakarta
Indonesian Red Cross
acct No. 070-000202-7089
SWIFT code BEIIIDJA

PMI National Office
Jalan Gatot Subroto Kav. 96
Jakarta, Indonesia 12790
Mr Hudi Kuswoyo PR Officer
Phone +62 21 799 2325 ext 201/207
Fax +62 21 799 5188
web www.palangmerah.org

Peace and Many Blessings,
Kenn

 
At 4:55 PM, Blogger LH said...

Unchecked influx of aid material can be dangerous too

I have been involved in logistical operations and in surveying the quality of various commercial shipments, and was greatly concerned by recent news reports of whole shipments of clothing sent to Indonesia as aid was found to contain household rubbish including torn-off women’s bras, and several large metallic engraved awards among other things! I think it is appropriate to be aware of hidden dangers some ‘aid’ material could pose.

I welcome and greatly appreciate all the sincere efforts made by the world community, renowned international organizations and the compassionate general public of many countries. Yes, it is an emergency situation, you have to rush aid to the suffering and to prevent further calamities like outbreaks of diseases etc. But still, no one should be allowed to dump unchecked god-knows-what in Sri Lanka and other tsunami hit areas -intentionally or unintentionally they may deliver damages as well. It seems that while some organizations could be dumping secondhand clothing, other countries and organizations are even trying to use these opportunities to get credit for ‘providing aid’, and to improve their image in the international community while dumping the stuff which could have been rotting in their backyards for years.

Are there any govt organizations controlling this aspect of the massive influx of aid materials in the affected countries:

I could identify some major threats:
- Clothing, toys and household items sent sometimes seems to be secondhand clothes and one has to be careful as any person with various easily transmittable decease as a skin deceases could have given them away. Usually, all European companies engaged in the SecondHand clothing trade are required to have a certificate of disinfect ion for each consignment. This usually gives details of how exactly the items had been disinfected. In Sri Lanka and Indonesia where the garments industry is thriving there shouldn’t be a problem for clothing the affected people as even aid money could be used to purchase them cleaner clothes. It would be a great shame and insult if children and adults in these countries are allowed to live in soiled used clothes and suffer from unknown long-term illnesses.
- Medicines and doctors –in some countries such as former soviet countries they have very poor quality drugs and medical care, which even their own citizen refuse to use. Also counterfeit drugs, products had been improperly stored, contaminate by infections and radiation and containing dangerous elements are wide spread.
- Medical equipment and supplies – could be defective, partly used, or some products could also be contaminated by various infections, radiation and contain dangerous elements.
- Food items, there are possibilities some products had been improperly stored, contaminate by radiation and contains dangerous elements.
- Building materials – could also be contaminated by radiation and can contain dangerous elements, asbestos dust and mercury etc.

It must be made compulsory to get a preliminary approval from a quality controlling organization in Sri Lanka (after a simple detailed checking of packing lists etc) before any consignment is shipped or air lifted to SL–they should ask for more specifications and clarifications if needed.

After arrival of shipments, each consignment should be inspect for radiation contamination –(Radiation level measuring equipment are small, and very easy to use, so it shouldn’t hamper the movement of aid materials to needed areas)
They should take samples from each consignment for later thorough tasting in a laboratory.

The other danger posed is to the security of these countries: The latest news I heard ( today 10th Jan) was of negotiations to charter several Russian Antonov cargo aircraft reportedly to deliver 1000’s of coffins to bury the victims…the other carriers are supposed to have refused to take this cargo…. Who would need so many coffins today (10th January) when the masses of the dead are already buried? Or, is it a pretext for some other type of delivery?

 

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