Tsunami info en Zihuatanejo!
Mike and T+10 are on holiday — though thought of tsunamis right after a nearby 5.2 quake last night. Seems like there were no major casualties.
It’s spring in Seattle…most of the time! I’ve been busy at work, a school auction for Elsie, and daydreaming of upcoming vacation in Mexico! Mayra’s been off her feet recovering from a bit of ankle repair.
Tsunami+10 is transitioning from our work around “The Impossible” and the follow up to our Sri Lanka trip. For the curious: “The Impossible” DVD comes out April 23, and it has grossed $150M worldwide — with just 11% coming in the US. It’s a great movie that more need to see, so grab it on-demand.
We’re lining up a researcher to prepare for an August trip to Aceh which is going to be before us before we know it.
And THANKS to all those who gave to the Tsunami Renewal Fund: we are making great progress toward having enough for two new grants to Sri Lanka.
“To Sandy, From Sri Lanka” is here!
Join us on our trip to Sri Lanka last August, exploring how our tsunami aid beneficiaries are faring almost 10 years later, what we’ve learned in terms of good disaster giving, and where this special country is today.
I’ve never made one of my causes public, not even Give2Asia. And due to age more than anything, I’ve never been a racer for causes.
But this year, we have a cause: helping some of those most in need in Sri Lanka, and I ask you to take 5 minutes to give $25, $50, or any amount to the Tsunami Renewal Fund (http://give2asia.org/tsunamiplusten).
Sri Lanka was the first stop for this T+10 personal research project exploring the philanthropic legacy of the 2004 tsunami. It was a remarkable trip, and if you haven’t seen it, check out the trip video we are so proud of: http://tsunamiplus10.org/MINI-DOC; thanks to Mayra Padilla for all her insights and photo/videography.
Conflict still divides Sri Lanka, and while the war is over and things are markedly better, there remain disparities between the Sinhalese/Buddhist South and the former Tamil conflict zone in the North and East.
We can’t solve these problems but we know two organizations that can help families and youth in different ways. More detail is in the previous post, and we are raising just $10,000 for 2 projects: the FOUNDATION OF GOODNESS and the 181 individuals in Neethipuram Village to the North, and SRI LANKA UNITES, which works with youth on reconciliation across the country.
In addition to what we’ve put into Tsunami+10, we’ve made our own gifts to the Tsunami Renewal Fund (http://give2asia.org/tsunamiplusten). My 3:1 match from work helps!
Why now and why Sri Lanka? There are some things you give to simply because of inequality and great need. Neethipuram counts, with families earning barely $100/mo and the traumas of conflict fresh. We know exactly where our funds will go and who they’ll help. These are gifts for concrete hope, into a tough but ready environment, and we know that FOG has complementary commitments in the village and the North. We can trust both organizations to keep us updated over time.
This once (and perhaps next year for Aceh, Indonesia!), give what you can, and any amount matters. The TSUNAMI RENEWAL FUND is only for grantees and programs (not Tsunami+10 itself), and is tax deductible. Click:
In any event, best wishes!
Mike, with Mayra
Watch “The Impossible” and read our VIEWER’s GUIDE which provides context, lessons from the recovery, and how to get involved today, along with tips on good disaster giving. It’s a remarkable, thought-provoking film! View and share below or here.
GIVE to our $10,000 campaign for very specific projects to help today’s Sri Lanka, starting with a village in the North.
- Any amount helps
- It’s tax deductible, with oversight, too, from Give2Asia
- We know exactly where funds are going
- We have top notch nonprofits managing the projects
A summary and images from our journey so far, with much more to come! Check it out, let us know what you think, and take one action to help the cause!
Many thanks to the Chronicle for taking up our story!
What do Thais think when they see “The Impossible”? We asked several Thai community development professionals, some of whom were involved in tsunami relief. After seeing this powerful film we captured their views on culture, disaster preparedness, traditional Thai knowledge, and storytelling and memory.