S$2 million and more coming

There were odd bits of humanitarian activity here amidst the end of year shopping madness. A couple of friends have been online urging people to drop off donations at collection centres around Singapore.

The government has sent a DART team, two Chinooks, with several Super Pumas on standby for Thailand and Indonesia, and has said that this is ‘over and above the $2 million assistance the government had announced to help affected countries’. It’s OK guys, no need to do PR damage control, just send help.

And the search for a platoon mate, who my reservist platoon thought had gone to Phuket for Christmas, ended with a phone call with him saying ‘wrong person lah. I never go Phuket, but I remember you and me talking to someone one night in the jungle, very dark, so cannot remember who it was. But he say he was going to Phuket with his wife’.

We’re still trying to figure out who it is.

Meantime, here’s a list (gleaned off BBC) of NGOs on the ground at the disaster sites:

Cafod
Care International
International Red Cross
Medecins Sans Frontieres
Oxfam
Save The Children
Unicef
UN World Food Programme
World Vision
Christian Aid
Islamic Relief

Click on to find out more about what they’re doing, and how they’re trying to get aid to the sites.

I’ve also heard that some of the stuff Singaporeans have been donating, like old clothes, blankets and towels, are not quite that high on the priority list, and that these items are:

1. Tents
2. Food (Pre-cooked or ready-to-eat meal packs)
3. Water Purification Tablets
4. Wheat Flour, rice, other staples
5. Drugs: Paracetamol, anti-biotics, wound
dressing, suture material, disposable syringes,
vitamins, and vaccinations for diarrhea, cholera
and malaria.
6. Intravenous infusion (saline and
dextrose)
7. Portable generators

So, don’t be in a hurry to dig out your old clothes from your cupboard yet.

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10 thoughts on “S$2 million and more coming”

  1. Of the seven essential groups of items, I only have panadol and food, of which should have been already taken care of by Red Cross and NTUC respectively.

    So besides monetary donations, I guess what I can do is to donate clothes. Surely there’s no harm for them to receive excess stuff like clothings?

  2. Of the seven essential groups of items, I only have panadol and food, of which should have been already taken care of by Red Cross and NTUC respectively.

    So besides monetary donations, I guess what I can do is to donate clothes. Surely there’s no harm for them to receive excess stuff like clothings?

  3. Looking at the list of needs, the best donors that could make an impact are Corporate Donors.

    For one, they can buy the needed items in bulk and have the clout and resources to make a difference.

    It is sad that whatever action that is done, from Singapore Companies, are not enough.

    I wrote an entry in my blog about this do http://www.atypicalsingaporean.blogspot.com

  4. Looking at the list of needs, the best donors that could make an impact are Corporate Donors.

    For one, they can buy the needed items in bulk and have the clout and resources to make a difference.

    It is sad that whatever action that is done, from Singapore Companies, are not enough.

    I wrote an entry in my blog about this do http://www.atypicalsingaporean.blogspot.com

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