2004-2005 Academic Year

Aid for Tsunami Victims through CAPAS

January 3, 2005 - CAPAS (The Center for Asian Pacific American Students) is partnering up with World Vision with aid to thousand of Asian families affected by South Asian tsunamis.

World Vision teams are providing immediate relief in many of the worst affected areas of Asia, distributing survival packs of food, bottled water, medicine, sleeping mats, clothing, and household items to tens of thousands of people in the wake of massive tsunamis that swept the coasts of at least 10 countries on Dec. 26.

Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and India were among the countries hardest hit by the disaster, and local World Vision staff on the scene responded immediately. World Vision, which has offices in nine of the 10 countries affected, has been working in Asia since the 1950s.

To donate, you can make a check payable to World Vision and send your check to CAPAS, Box A103, Pitzer College, 1050 North Mills Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711. Write in the left-hand, lower corner: "Tsunami Relief.” A list of organizations in which you may donate may be found at www.interaction.org.

Your gift today will rush food and Family Survival Kits to Asian countries affected by the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami, and provide other relief as needed.

Each kit provides necessities such as blankets, tarps for temporary shelter, water purification tablets and cooking supplies. We will also provide other critically needed relief response, such as food or medicine, where needs arise.

In cases where donations exceed what is needed, or where local conditions prevent program implementation, World Vision will redirect funds to similar activities to help needy children and families.

For more information, contact Stephanie Velasco, CAPAS Director at 909.607.9816. Funds will be immediately transferred and a tax donation receipt will be provided by World Vision.

Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to Asian Americans and those whose families were affected by the disaster.