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Archive for : disaster relief

Contribute to the Pakistan Flood Disaster Relief

Monsoon season and the heavy rains that come with it are an annual reality in Pakistan. But this summer, the country faced some of the worst flooding it has experienced in 80 years.

According to the New York Times, “Nearly 20 million people have been significantly affected…The number in urgent need is now about eight million and expected to rise. More than half of them are without shelter.” The estimated death toll of the floods range from 1,300-1,600 and the country’s infrastructure – especially its flow of clean drinking water – was severely impacted.

The situation in Pakistan is grim – but unlike the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti earlier this year, the UN said that disaster relief from at home and abroad has been slow to arrive and not enough to to meet people’s needs.

Below the jump: How you can help.
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Chile and Volunteer Fatigue

When an 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti in January, it seemed like the entire world jumped up to help. As the media swerved its attention to the devastated country, donations poured into relief agencies via websites and text messages, volunteer medical teams and people wanting to help flew in, and stars like Wyclef, Justin Timberlake, and Alicia Keys headlined high profile benefit concerts, all in support of Haiti.

The global response to last week’s earthquake in Chile, in contrast, has been rather muted. There have been no flashy benefit concerts and far fewer volunteers and donations funneling to the area. One tragedy captured the world’s heart, while the other seems to have fallen just below the radar screens.

And it got me wondering, have we been overcome by volunteer fatigue (and its cousin, donor fatigue)?
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