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Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative Meeting

The Pakistani Flood Relief Initiative, headed by Ali Chaudry ’12 and Zuleika Hester ’11, will meet in PAC 001 at 4 PM this Sunday to discuss fundraising strategies and awareness promotion.┬áThe damage caused by the massive flooding in Pakistan has been tremendous and widespread, killing hundreds and displacing millions. Though it cannot convey the true gravity of the situation, consider the following information:

  • The disaster has been labeled the worst crisis in UN history.
  • Recent estimates place the death toll at 1,500 people; another 21 million Pakistanis have been left homeless.
  • Approximately 20% of the country is currently under water.
  • Infrastructural destruction and bureaucratic inefficiency have impeded serious relief efforts.

If you find yourself moved by the plight of the Pakistanis, make an effort to the meeting. Interested students are encouraged to bring as many friends as possible. Food will be provided!

  • Date: Sunday, September 19
  • Time: 4:00
  • Place: PAC 001

Haiti Relief Efforts: Where To Donate

Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive believes death toll from yesterday’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake will be in the hundreds of thousands. If you’ve been following the devastation in Port-au-Prince and might be interested in donating some extra cash to the relief effort, here, courtesy of MSNBC, is a list of reputable, charitable organizations currently active in the nation.

Or, a simpler and more immediate method:

Simply text “HAITI” to “90999” and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill (more information).

Lastly, some hopefully common sense tips from the FBI to avoid post-natural-disaster relief fraud.