AJWS responds to earthquake in Asia and mudslides in Central America 10 Oct 2005

from American Jewish World Service
Published on 10 Oct 2005
Earthquake is South Asia
American Jewish World Service is responding to the devastating earthquake that struck Pakistan and impacted northern India and Afghanistan on October 8. AJWS has staff and volunteers on the ground who are assessing needs.

Currently, AJWS supports approximately 60 organizations in Southeast Asia that are rebuilding after the tsunami. Several of these organizations are now expected to respond to the earthquake. AJWS will also identify and support international aid organizations and other local, community-based organizations in the region who can deliver aid.

Donations are needed to support our efforts to provide immediate relief, such as medicine, water, and shelter. Please make a donation to the relief effort.

Mudslides in Central America

AJWS is also responding to the mudslides and flooding caused by Hurricane Stan, torrential rains and volcano eruption in Central America that have forced thousands of people to evacuate into 400 shelters in El Salvador alone and killed hundreds in Guatemala.

While the death toll remains relatively low in comparison to Hurricane Mitch in 1998, Oxfam estimates that the financial impact and costs of rebuilding will exceed those of Mitch. Several AJWS grantee partners with whom we have been working for many years have been severely affected. In addition to immediate emergency relief, AJWS will provide long-term rehabilitation and reconstruction. Please make a donation to this relief and reconstruction effort.

Donations can also be mailed to:
American Jewish World Service, Rapid Relief Fund (designate disaster), 45 West 36th Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10018, or call 1.800.889.7146.