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Tsunami related topics

Since I still can't find the words to express my feelings on this global tragedy, here's some efforts I support:

Tone down the inauguration!. I was already appalled by the fact $40 MILLION dollars was being spent on this shindig.

Here's another great idea for those looking for a way to help with the tsunami relief effort, but who might be feeling the post-holiday pinch: now you can donate your frequent flyer airline miles to the relief effort!

Water for People- Our chapter is currently working with a community in Guatemala on a water project, for which I have to provide information on nitrates in groundwater. I suspect many WFP chapters will be asked to assist with long-term water supply and sanitation projects in Asia.

I have yet to see a direct appeal from Oxfam International, but suspect it will come through soon. Last appeal received was received after major water/wastewater facilities were destroyed in Iraq in March 2003. Oxfam and The World Health Organization sent out an alert for the risk of a major outbreak of cholera and other diseases if water and sanitation facilities were not restored/rebuilt immediately.