Massive flooding in South Asia is affecting the lives of millions. Incessant rains in August in southern Pakistan, northern India, Nepal and Bangladesh have inundated vast tracts of valuable crops and washed out homes, roads, bridges and railways. Torrential rains have claimed hundreds of lives and displacing an estimated 20 million people.
An organization called Give2Asia is doing something about it.
The nonprofit has started a disaster recovery fund that works with local groups who are already knowledgeable about their communities. These groups will help rebuild schools, hospitals and homes that have been damaged, provide medical care, and help people recover from the economic setbacks.
In Pakistan, they have identified local health care organizations to provide critical supplies and training to medical staff dealing with outbreaks of disease and malnutrition. In Bangladesh, where entire villages need rebuilding, Give2Asiaâ€™s partnership with the Asia Foundation will work with local communities to re-establish core social services, such as schools so that children move ahead with their education as recovery continues. In India, where farm lands have been flooded, Give2Asia is helping farmers reclaim their fields and once again earn income to support their families. In some cases, this may include training farmers on new farming practices so that they can quickly begin to recover.
As Give2Asia celebrates its fifth anniversary, their goal is to have a greater impact in Asia by 2010 by reaching 5,000 new donors and achieving $85 million in new giving.
In addition to emergency and disaster relief efforts, Give2Asia is starting schools for migrant children in Beijing, burn prevention programs in Vietnam, and is launching water education projects in China in collaboration with Starbucks. An innovative charitable giving model in the international field, Give2Asia is reducing the barriers to donor giving overseas.
Founded by The Asia Foundation, Give2Asia helps overcome the common challenges associated with giving overseas by providing a flexible menu of custom giving options. Give2Asia and its overseas program advisors make philanthropy to Asia convenient, accountable, and tax deductible.
For more information about Give2Asia and their work, visit their website at Give2Asia.org.