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Hurricane Katrina - Indian Organizations Pitch In Relief Efforts

Compiled by Nirmala Garimella
09/06/2005

Hurricane Katrina, has wrought untold destruction and damage to people and property in Louisiana, Mississippi and New Orleans. According to various news sources, eighty percent of New Orleans is under water, and large parts of Mississippi lie in ruins. Hundreds, maybe thousands, are dead; thousands more are still at risk for their lives. In the weeks and months ahead as we understand the full impact of  nature’s fury there is one paramount immediate need : to reach out to all those affected by this disaster. 

 

According to a report in the Hindustan times, there are around 6000 Indians in this area . In response to a question by a press correspondent on the role of the Indian-American community in the wake of the Katrina tragedy, Ambassador Ronen Sen said " I appeal to all my fellow Indian Citizens in the U.S to contribute generously to the American Red Cross and other U.S. organizations which are in the forefront of the rescue and relief operations. I am also confident that the Indian-American community will actively assist their fellow American citizens by volunteering their services, particularly as doctors and specialists and by making large financial contributions. America has been good to the Indian community and this critical moment of trial and tribulation offers both a challenge and an opportunity for all people of Indian origin to rise to the occasion when this great and good country needs them. In doing so, they will also honor the traditions of their country of origin."

 

 Many local and national organizations are helping in the relief efforts. To make your contribution please refer to the list that we have compiled below

 

KATRINA RELIEF FUND

Many Indian American organizations have issued an appeal to the community to rise to the occasion and open their wallets to help the hurricane victims, just as they did to help the Tsunami victims.
 
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  • Art of Living and IAHV National Trauma Relief :

IAHV National Trauma Relief team has rapidly set up a base in partnership with volunteers of The Art of Living Foundation in Houston. They have been working diligently with local officials to offer trauma relief programs to evacuees presently hosted at the Houston Astrodome.

 

We are very pleased that Art of Living is able to provide much needed Trauma relief. Our successes at the Tsunami Relief Camps  gave us great credibility and we were able to actual work with the officials, enter  the astrodome and provide relief.” said  Nilendu Srivastav of Chelmsford Ma who was involved in making this happen.To help , click on this link http://www.iahv.org/katrina.htm

 

·                                 AAHOA, Asian American Hotel Owners Association
As we see the full impact of Hurricane Katrina, it is clear that hundreds of thousands of people are in need of help, some of whom now lack the most basic necessities of life. In response, AAHOA will be making a contribution of $100,001 toward the relief efforts through the American Red Cross and other initiatives. On a local level, AAHOA members are doing a tremendous job in helping people in need in many places. It is heartening to hear that our members are doing such things as:
* Extending complimentary rooms
* Providing food and other essentials to storm refugees
* Opening up lobby areas as sleeping quarters
* Traveling on site to hoteliers in need with baskets of food
* Collecting tens of thousands of dollars in donations for relief efforts.
We, the AAHOA members, are part of a diverse American culture, which has enabled us to achieve our “American Dream.” To show our commitment, loyalty and solidarity with our fellow Americans we have launched a campaign to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in the
Gulf States. All funds collected will be turned over to the American Red Cross and other charities.
While AAHOA will be making a contribution of $100,001 toward the relief efforts, we also want to encourage each of you to help in any way you can. Here are some ways you can do that:
* Send a check, payable to the AAHOA - Hurricane Relief Fund, to the AAHOA office at 66 Lenox Pointe NE, Atlanta, GA 30324. All funds collected will be turned over to the American Red Cross and other charities.
* Donate free room nights at your property by:
* Visiting your local American Red Cross to donate rooms.
* Sending an E-mail to the AAHOA office at roomnights@aahoa.com with your complimentary room allotment. All rooms collected will be coordinated with FEMA and/or the American Red Cross.
* Coordinating with FEMA to donate rooms. While FEMA would certainly appreciate complimentary rooms, they may be willing to pay for rooms as needed. Send an E-mail to FEMA with your room allotment at private.sector@dhs.gov. If you are allotting rooms on a complimentary basis, please indicate as such in your e-mail. We will continue to explore other ways in which AAHOA and its members can assist in the national effort to recover from this disastrous situation.

·                                 Global Organization of People of Indian Origin, GOPIO
GOPIO is a secular, non-partisan, not-for-profit, international
organization based in USA with chapters in various parts of the
globe, representing the interests and aspirations of People of Indian
Origin (PIOs), and promoting awareness and understanding of issues of
concern -- social, cultural, educational, economic, or political, to
global NRI/PIO community.
Checks to: GOPIO International
c/o Haresh Panchal, Treasurer
134
Sweet Berry Ct., San Jose   CA 95439
408-772-8745

·                                 National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA)
6912 Winter Lane, Annandale VA 22003
(703) 642-3156
ranand2@csulb.edu
www.nfia.net
Rajen Anand (703) 642-3156
Radha Krishnan (248) 682-2106
Pramod Kamdar (210) 408-0959
Niraj Baxi (408) 307-9845
Aug. 30: NFIA WILL RAISE FUNDS TO HELP HURRICANE VICTIMS
The National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA), an umbrella organization of various other associations representing Americans who trace their roots to India has launched a campaign to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina that has caused havoc in the Gulf States. All funds collected will be handed over to the American Red Cross and other charities.
“Images on television of helicopters plucking frantic survivors from rooftops, the catastrophic destruction of entire towns left in the path of powerful hurricane that has caused the loss of life of thousands of people and made hundreds of thousands homeless in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama are bound to affect every human being,” observed Rajen Anand, president of the NFIA. “The hurricane Katrina’s howling, lethal force has dealt an immense blow to the region and the dimensions of destruction are unfathomable,” he added.
The tax deductible checks payable to the NFIA-Hurricane Relief Fund should be sent to NFIA 6912 Winter Lane,
Annandale VA 22003.
Further information can be obtained by calling (703) 642-3156.

·                                 American Hindu Association http://www.americanhindu.net/Katrina.htm
The National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA), an umbrella organization of various other associations has set up a Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. The entire amount of money collected will be handed over to the American Red Cross for providing assistance to the hurricane victims.
Tax deductible checks payable to NFIA Hurricane Relief Fund should be sent to
NFIA
6912 Winter Lane
Annandale VA 22003.
Further information can be obtained by calling (703) 642-3156.

·                                 Islamic Council of North America - a humanitarian relief and development organization responding to human sufferings in emergency and disaster situations at home and abroad.

·                                 HOUSTON-BASED EFFORTS

Volunteering in Houston: To serve food and help at George Brown Convention
Center
, please call
Hemendra Pal 713 306-2408 or Dhiraj Rathi 713-384-0068
Email to dhiraj_rathi@yahoo.com Write VOLUNTEER and
your name on the
subject line

Computer assistance need: The ACT Center (Astrodome Community Technology Center)
was set up in Astrodome. For more information, go to the blog on our
site at http://www.techforall.org We will be organizing to develop other sites. Pl Email kann@pdq.net if you want to help/coordinate with technology.

Food: Take food items to Food Bank or designated HEBs. If
you need list of
locations and items, please email kann@pdq.net

Housing: If you wish to accommodate some people in your home
contact shelter
committee, prdesai1@yahoo.com. Sundaram " Sundy"
Srinivasan,
281-2851381,
Mob: 713-894962

 India Development & Relief Fund, IDRF
Our volunteers in and Baton Rouge, LA are working with American Red Cross and local voluntary organizations to assist in providing relief efforts. There is a need for long term rehabilitation and all your contributions will be directed to the grass roots organizations.
Suresh Deopura
Phone: (510) 573-5100
Email: suresh@dewsoftware.com
Babulal Gupta
Phone: (309) 663-9198
Email: Idrf_blg@yahoo.com
Raghu Verabelli
Phone: (781) 270-2349
Email: idrfboston@yahoo.com Vijay Pallod
Phone: (281) 568-4995
Email: pallod@aol.com
Please make check payable to ‘IDRF’ (mention ‘Hurricane Katrina’ in the memo) and mail it to:
IDRF, 4807 Phebe Ave, Fremont, CA 94555
Donate online for Hurricane Katrina victims by More About PayPal®
IDRF is administered by volunteers without any honorarium or overhead. Thus, 100% of your contribution will be disbursed directly to the NGO. Please check out our website http://www.idrf.org for latest information.

·                                 Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America, Inc.
National Office:
P. O. Box 611, Iselin, NJ 08830
Make your check payable to VHP of America and In the memo line, write Katrina Relief Fund. Tel.: 732-744-0851
You can also contribute online by going to www.vhp-america.org You can use Visa and MasterCard or Discover card.
Contact Phones: Girish Gandhi, Vice President, Seva: 973-580-8451
Nachiketa Tiwari, Media & PR Coordinator: 508-261-1274
VHPA Office: Gaurang G. Vaishnav, General Secretary: 732-744-0851.

·                                 Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS)
Media Contact for further information about HSS relief activities:
Amit Misra, 832 723 4776, amitmisra@sbcglobal.netThe HSS office at Keshav Smrithi,
4018 Westhollow Pkwy, Houston, TX 77082 has
been designated as the contact point for all relief efforts.
Amit Misra Media Contact for Relief Coordination amitmisra@sbcglobal.net 832 723 4776
Sharad Amin To join the relief activities sharad_a_049@yahoo.com 281 762 3178
Khanderao Kand About HSS sampark@hssworld.org 408 368

  • SEWA International
    SEWA International, Inc is a not for profit, non-religious,
    non-political and Tax-exempt charitable organization under 501(c) (3)
    with Tax Id # 20-0638718.  
    National coordinator Srikanth Konda (srikonda@yahoo.com) 678-362-7480 or local coordinators Dhiraj
    Rathi (dhiraj_rathi@yahoo.com) 713-384-0068 and Venkat Subramaniam 512-689-3256
    Sewa volunteers in Texas and Louisiana are working with American Red Cross and other organizations in providing immediate relief. We are identifying the long term needs of the people and working with governments of
    Louisiana and Mississippi in rebuilding homes. .

  • American Hindu Association http://www.americanhindu.net/Katrina.htm
    The National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA), an umbrella organization of various other associations has set up a Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. The entire amount of money collected will be handed over to the American Red Cross for providing assistance to the hurricane victims.
    Tax deductible checks payable to NFIA Hurricane Relief Fund should be sent to
    NFIA
    6912 Winter Lane
    Annandale VA 22003.
    Further information can be obtained by calling (703) 642-3156.

 

  • Islamic Center of Lafayette, lft_masjid at yahoo.com
  • Islamic Center of Baton Rouge
    reports hundreds of people staying there at an expense of more than $1,000 per day
    Donations are accepted at:
    Islamic Center of Baton Rouge
    820 W Chimes
    Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Phone: 225-387-3617
    For Additional Information, please contact Abdus
    Salaam at 225-288-3529.


 

  • Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE), working to help
    gurdwara in NO
    Dr. Rajwant Singh, National Chairman, (202) 460 0630
  • Sikh Society of South,
    Katrina Relief Fund
    Hibernia National Bank
    Account # 208-05-59995
    Tax ID # 72-0866136
    Hibernia Toll-free: 1-800-262-5689
    Hibernia.com
    225-292-4112 h 225-205-3164 cell
    Sikh Society of South, Inc.; Katrina Relief Fund at
    Hibernia National Bank or mailed to:
    Sikh Society of South, Inc.,12921 Deerpath Way,Baton
    Rouge, LA 70816.Attention: Sumir Kaur Chehl, president
  • Assam Foundation of North America
    Please send your Tax-exempt donation payable to AFNA
    and write "Katrina Relief Fund" in the memo.
    c/o Pallabita Bhuyan;
    30 Redland Place; The Woodlands,
    TX 77382

 

 

 

 

 



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