Emeryville (Calif.)–As I was disembarking from a twelve-hour red-eye train journey from Southern Oregon, your stringer was handed, a thick packet that was within my past weekâ€™s mail from a Ms. Sarah Potts in the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance within the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
As of August 9th, the American government has pledged $35 million dollars in relief funds. To update Washington efforts, please navigate to www.usaid.govâ€“ Keyword Pakistan Floods. USAID recommends making cash donations rather than in kind contributions to legitimate (Islamic) charities and other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) who can purchase the required relief material on the ground. Names of legitimate groups â€“ Islamic & non-Islamic non-profits– accepting such contributions can be found at the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) above under the Keyword: Donations.
To quote Sarah Potts: â€œâ€¦Cash donations allow disaster relief professionals to procure the exact commodities neededâ€¦locallyâ€¦[thereby]â€¦reduce the burden on resources â€¦in [a] disaster [zone]â€¦[also] support the economy of theâ€¦stricken region; and ensure dietary and environmentally appropriate assistance.â€
More information on making donations can be found at the Center for International Disaster Information (www.cidi.org) or (703) 276-1914; Information to the humanitarian community (including the Islamic) is found at www.relefweb.int.