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Three months later: “show us the money”

How much aid has come into Sri Lanka? How has it been used? December 26th may seem like a long time ago to some, but –heck, it’s 90 days- not if you are living in temporary shelter, or have lost your husband or a child.

A new political blog, Dheshapalana, operated by a journalist, keeps this topic alive. He/she (who for now seems to want to remain anonymous) reminds TAFREN ( The ‘Task Force to Rebuild the Nation’) about

the right of the citizenry to know how much money Sri Lanka has received. So what is the standing figure? Where is the money going? These, undoubtedly, are common questions on the minds of many.

I am glad that people are asking the uncomfortable questions. The time will come when the internatonal community will want accountability; the country cannot aford to squander the goodwill it received, because of the bureaucratic bungling of a few. There are hundreds of government and non-governmental organizations operating relief programs, and the media will be doing a great service by keeping the pressure up.

It’s about time writers and blogs like Dheshapalana began focusing on the politics of tsunami relief, now that the warm, fuzzy stories have been covered. As the site pleads:

stop lamenting; there’s no time like the present moment – out with the figures please! This is a democracy – the people need to know!

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Posted by on March 28, 2005 in Tsunami Coverage

 

Water purification and Proctor & Gamble

Wsj_march05 Check this Wall Street Journal article on how a P&G unit is helping tsunami affected areas in Sri Lanka. Apart form the focus of the article –a marketing angle– the picture speaks volumes about how those with more problems than market share.

The story is about a ‘doctor,’ a bucket and a purification powder, and how it’s being put to the test in a refugee center in Galle. In the picture is Mohamed Irshad and his family.

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Posted by on March 15, 2005 in Tsunami Coverage

 

Water purification and Proctor & Gamble

Wsj_march05 Check this Wall Street Journal article on how a P&G unit is helping tsunami affected areas in Sri Lanka. Apart form the focus of the article –a marketing angle– the picture speaks volumes about how those with more problems than market share.

The story is about a ‘doctor,’ a bucket and a purification powder, and how it’s being put to the test in a refugee center in Galle. In the picture is Mohamed Irshad and his family.

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Posted by on March 15, 2005 in Tsunami Coverage

 

Water purification and Proctor & Gamble

Wsj_march05 Check this Wall Street Journal article on how a P&G unit is helping tsunami affected areas in Sri Lanka. Apart form the focus of the article –a marketing angle– the picture speaks volumes about how those with more problems than market share.

The story is about a ‘doctor,’ a bucket and a purification powder, and how it’s being put to the test in a refugee center in Galle. In the picture is Mohamed Irshad and his family.

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Posted by on March 15, 2005 in Tsunami Coverage

 

Fast Company article

Fc_march05 Check this article in Fast Company, (the March 05 issue) about AFLAC, and a chap called Mevan Jayawardena, from Australia, who hapened to be in Sri Lanka in December.

Amazing story because his parents founded AFLAC (stands for Association for Light a Candle.) Also because, as he puts it in the article, there is a lot of unity, and people are always finding novel solutions around problems..

"Sometimes our work feels like driving on a freeway. When we approach a slow truck, we switch lanes to another project until that lane clears. Then we go along until that lane backs up, and switch again."

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Posted by on March 9, 2005 in Tsunami Coverage

 

The ‘Art’ of tsunami relief

Rail_7 This is a story worth doing. While there are plenty of stories being told about isolated spots where relief isn’t reaching fast enough, there are the stories of those quiet workers continuing to reach out to the victims.

Two stories here. The first is about a Sri Lankan from Ireland, Chandra, who started a massive and effective fund raising campaign there. Together with his friend Suresh they have managed to provide 25  fiber glass boats with outboard motors, 10 smaller catamarans, all equipped with nets, to the fishermen of the Beruwala area.

Here is Joey Caspersz’ account of what he sees in the south:

I must mention that the authorities are moving, albeit at a slower pace. the rail track is repaired and trains are now running on the southern line. roads are open and electricity is, by and large, reconnected to most towns and villages. food is being supplied to the camps on a regular basis. tents have been organized for those whose houses have been demolished. sea walls are being raised on the southern road to galle. all this within a two month period is not too bad for speed in our part of the world. but its far from what is required and needed.

Speaking of rail tracks, here is the 2nd story:

Rail "Rail" the art exhibition and event at a Colombo railway station is a project of the creative folk at advertising agencies.

I will post the pictures in a separate area soon. Stay tuned.

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Posted by on March 8, 2005 in Tsunami Coverage

 

Ad Agencies’ tsumani fund raiser in Colombo

Rail’, a fund raiser by ad agencies in Colombo, was held at Slave Island Railway Station on Wednesday the 23rd Feb, raised Rs 2.5 million toward the profiling of children displaced by the tsuanmi in Sri Lanka.

The event will continue today at 6 pm. Mike Masilamai writes to say that there is more to it than the auction –including live performances such as mime shows, a second-hand book sale, and sale of postcards and photographs etc. This event was the first, hosted by AdAid, an outfit created by a group representing advertsing agencies such as DDB Needham, O&M, McCann-Erickson, JWT, Bates, and several others.

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Posted by on February 26, 2005 in Tsunami Coverage

 
 
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