From the Office of International Student Services
The earthquake that hit Gujarat on Jan. 26 has wiped out entire towns and cities, reducing once-thriving trade centers into a mass of rubble. Over 35,000 people are feared killed and with thousands of them still lying buried under the debris, the toll could be as much as 100,000.
Though relief and rehabilitation efforts are proceeding on a large scale, some of the cities and towns of the worst affected Kutch region have yet to receive any assistance. The outlook is equally grim in other quake-affected areas. In the face of this massive devastation, the country, and indeed the world, has responded spontaneously with material and monetary help. However, given the magnitude of the calamity, the people of Gujarat need all the help they can get to rebuild their lives.
Many of us in the St. Thomas community are concerned about this tragedy and many of us know one of the more than 120 Indian students or staff on campus. Several Indian students are spearheading an effort, with the sponsorship of International Student Services, to facilitate donations for the Indian earthquake victims. All the money collected will be sent to CARE, Atlanta which is directly involved in the field helping the helpless in the state of Gujarat.
Donations (cash or checks only) are being collected during daytime working hours at various centers on the St. Paul campus. (Those on other St. Thomas campuses may send their donation directly to the source listed at the bottom of this article.) Students, faculty and staff are invited to put their donations in the designated donation boxes at these sites:
- Office of International Student Services (OISS) — Room 161, Murray-Herrick Campus Center
- The Grill — Murray-Herrick Campus Center
- The Pit Stop — Koch Commons
- Beakers — O’ Shaughnessy Science Center
- Commuter Center — Murray-Herrick Campus Center lower level
- Learning Center — O’Shaughnessy Educational Center
- O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center check-out counter
- International Education Center — 44 N. Cleveland Ave.
- English Language Services — Christ Child Hall
All donations will be handled directly by the OISS office and will be mailed to CARE by the third week of February. For further information, you may contact Pahoua Yang at OISS, (651) 962-6650.
For those who would like a tax-deductible receipt for their gift, please donate directly to CARE, making sure you earmark it for the India Earthquake Relief Fund:
To donate by phone:
Make a credit card donation by calling:
1 (800) 521-CARE Ext. 999
Outside the United States, call (404) 681-2552
To donate online:
You can make a secure online donation to CARE simply by completing and submitting the form on this Web site. https://ssl.charityweb.net/care/
To donate by mail:
Print out this form and send with check or credit card information to:
151 Ellis Street NE
Atlanta, Ga 30303-2440