ARLINGTON, Va., June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Center for International
Disaster Information (CIDI) has joined the Washington, D.C.-based Embassy
of the Republic of Indonesia to urge all those who wish to help victims of
the May 27 Java earthquake to donate cash, as an alternative to
gifts-in-kind and other commodities, in order to provide optimal
assistance. It is widely recognized that cash donations are the most
efficient and effective means of response, a policy supported by CIDI's
funding partner, the United States Agency for International Development's
Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, and those in the established
international disaster response community.
"This is a devastating tragedy for the people of Indonesia," said
Suzanne H. Brooks, the director of CIDI. "Many of the victims were still in
the process of rebuilding their lives from previous disasters when this
earthquake occurred. Now they truly need help to recover. It is critical
that relief workers have the resources they need to respond quickly and
effectively to victims' needs. The best way to provide assistance is
through cash donations, which allow agencies already on the ground in
Indonesia to purchase exactly what is needed help the victims."
"Indonesia has been always grateful with the support of the U.S.
government and generosity of the American people during the time of our
grief, particularly when the tsunami struck the Provinces of Aceh and North
Sumatra in December 2004," said the Ambassador of the Republic of
Indonesia, Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat.
The 6.3-magnitude earthquake in the Special Province of Yogyakarta
located on Java Island, Indonesia has claimed an estimated 5,000 lives to
date and left approximately 200,000 people homeless without electricity,
food, clean water and shelter. The earthquake was the worst tremor felt in
the region since the 2004 tsunami and the fourth destructive quake in the
last 18 months.
Individuals and organizations interested in making contributions to
help the victims of the Indonesian earthquake can get more information by
visiting CIDI's Web site at http://www.cidi.org. In addition, interested
donors can visit http://www.interaction.org to obtain a list of credible
responding agencies for international emergencies and http://www.give.org
to get valuable information on making informed decisions when supporting
The Indonesian community residing in the Greater Washington D.C. area,
in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, has
established a task force named Indonesia Relief, whose task is working with
credible national and international non-governmental organizations
experienced in relief efforts.
Indonesia Relief has set up the Yogyakarta Relief Fund for those
interested in donating directly to the victims. Checks can be mailed to:
Dana Bantuan/Fund Assistance, Yogyakarta Relief Fund, Bank of America, 730
15th Street NW, 7th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005 with reference to bank
account number 0019-2153-1110. On-line donations can be processed through
PayPal on the Web site: http://www.IndonesiaRelief.org
Further information related to the earthquake, or about Indonesia in
general, can be obtained at: http://www.embassyofindonesia.org
CIDI is based in Arlington, Virginia, and was created in 1988. The
Center is funded by the United States Agency for International
Development's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. CIDI provides
individuals, groups, embassies and corporations with information and
guidance in support of appropriate international disaster relief efforts.
The organization works with a variety of partners to channel the public's
energy and desire to help to achieve maximum impact. By reaching out to the
American public and the private sector, CIDI helps to promote activities
and donations that will do the most good for disaster victims around the
world. For more information about CIDI and helping international victims,
please visit http://www.cidi.org or call 703-276-2942.
SOURCE Center for International Disaster Information