I was planning on drafting a letter to home imporvement stores as part of my whole rebuilding campaign, drafting a letter to send to charities about the shoebox campaign, and rewording the water draft into a thank-you letter and an international letter for companies that haven't donated water yet. I wasn't expecting to get to any of that today, so I'm not too worried. I also don't think it will be terribly hard to write those letters in the next few days. Once I do that, it will take care of several items on my checklist.
Anyway, this LiveJournal conversation with megaleena has inspired several things. First of all, it would be awesome if people could ask local places of worship to do something as a spiritual community for tsunami victims. It could be as simple as collecting money to donate to a specific charity once a week, or it could be something more, like organizing a week-long trip to volunteer. I don't know if that would be stepping on anyone's toes to suggest that, but it could work. Maybe. We'll see. megaleena also mentioned trying to find builders for the rebuilding project. First of all, I'd like to thank Barnes and Noble for putting a book about volunteering on sale for $2.88 several months ago. It is an amzing resource - I've found some practical ways to find builders! It's a long shot, be we could find some people from this website, or at least try to get them to advertise the cause. Regardless, it's a great site for any sort of international volunteering. I think I might use it for research for things to do during summer and after college. It would be slightly less of a commitment than joining the Peace Corps. Also, Habitat for Humanity works internationally. There's an application office near my house, so I'm going to stop by after school this week and ask about doing something in Asia and Africa for tsunami victims. Hopefully with the combined push on Habitat and home imporvement stores, something will occur to help people get homes. I really think it's important, so I'm going to do what I can. I know edda is working on Home Depot stuff, which is awesome. I'm going to focus on Lowe's.
I found some more great references for charities and volunteer efforts. Earthwatch and Global Volunteers focus on environmental work - including water-supply contamination. If you're more interested in medical issues, Health Volunteers Overseas, International Medical Volunteers Association, Doctors without Borders, and Doctors of the World are awesome references. We haven't really tossed back any ideas about helping out orphans of the tsunami. So far there are a few links for that, such as this one about international orphanages. The International Rescue Committee also seems like a good source of information, as does World Relief. If anyone is looking to donate two to four weeks of overseas volunteering, I would recommend visiting this site. If anyone is a member of a Rotary club, you could probably organize a trip to afflicted regions to help.
There was a really great link posted at disaster_relief about creating an international tsunami warning system without relying on government control. There was also an entry about an anti-disaster warning system. I though both were pretty interesting.