Disaster Relief – Day One Begins

The more things change, the more they stay the same it seems. Back in 2007, I was in a car on the way to Southern Bangladesh. Cyclone Sidr had just hit and I was going to see how I could help.

Now here I am: it’s 2009, I’m in another car, heading to Southern Bangladesh, to try and help in the aftermath of another cyclone.

I don’t know what to expect. I’m reassured, somewhat, by the significantly lower death toll. It’s in the hundreds, not thousands. Small condolence if you’ve lost a loved one though.

There are a couple of things different this time though. First, I’m traveling with a friend this time. Hopefully this will be less of a solitary journey compared to my work during Cyclone Sidr. Also, it’s not just by money this time. With online donations, there is already enough funds to provide emergency non-food assistance to 45 families.

If you want to chip in, you still can here. I can monitor incoming donations from the field.

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