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In another thread someone asked how people could volunteer to help in the regions affected by the Tsunami.

Our newspaper had an article about several local people who had been caught up in the wave and survived as well as Tod Bruning, who had been ill that day and was home in the hills of Columbo, Sri Lanka and was unaware of the tragedy until he noticed the canal outside his office flowing the wrong way.

He was a former Peace Corps volunteer and he stayed and got involved with Sarvodaya, the country's largest community-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) where, as an IT professional, he is helping coordinate their information communications technology needs.

Sarvodaya has a system set up to collect payments online through credit cards or bank transfers. They are using that money to buy critical supplies such as medicine to treat waterborne diseases, potable water, prepared food, blankets, etc.

He also helped assemble a volunteer registration system at a Sri Lanka airport to log volunteers arriving to the country into a database that matches their skills with those that might be required by NGO's. Lately, he's also devised an online registration system for those who plan to visit and get involved in the relief effort. The site provides an application as well as advice for potential helpers. he sai the NGO's here need the help but they can't support volunteers. Volunteers must be able to support themselves and even be prepared to bring something extra to the table besides goodwill and elbow grease.

The url for that database is Volunteer Sri Lanka
 

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Originally posted by Pico's Parent@Jan 26 2005, 09:01 AM
In another thread someone asked how people could volunteer to help in the regions affected by the Tsunami.

Our newspaper had an article about several local people who had been caught up in the wave and survived as well as Tod Bruning, who had been ill that day and was home in the hills of Columbo, Sri Lanka and was unaware of the tragedy until he noticed the canal outside his office flowing the wrong way.

He was a former Peace Corps volunteer and he stayed and got involved with Sarvodaya, the country's largest community-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) where, as an IT professional, he is helping coordinate their information communications technology needs.

Sarvodaya has a system set up to collect payments online through credit cards or bank transfers.  They are using that money to buy critical supplies such as medicine to treat waterborne diseases, potable water, prepared food, blankets, etc.

He also helped assemble a volunteer registration system at a Sri Lanka airport to log volunteers arriving to the country into a database that matches their skills with those that might be required by NGO's.  Lately, he's also devised an online registration system for those who plan to visit and get involved in the relief effort.  The site provides an application as well as advice for potential helpers.  he sai the NGO's here need the help but they can't support volunteers.  Volunteers must be able to support themselves and even be prepared to bring something extra to the table besides goodwill and elbow grease.

The url for that database is Volunteer Sri Lanka
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THank you very much, I am forwarding this to those who were asking me!
 
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