We are associated with an organization called AID (Association for India's Development). AID India is headquartered in Chennai and is working very hard to provide help and relief. For more information on AID: www.aidindia.org The relief work is planned in 3 phases: (1) Immediate Relief - food, clothing, blankets, temporary shelter, medicines and health camps for emergencies and epidemics (2) Second Level Relief - Construction of huts and houses and health needs (3) Third Level Relief - Livelihood needs for the families affected - forming cooperatives and providing livelihood support like boats, nets etc. Right now all our focus in on the first phase. What we need in terms of collections: 1. Money - lots of it - for buying quick relief materials as well as for the long term. There are many people contributing and wanting to contribute. Please collect it from people and send it to the AID office. Cheques can be made in the name of AID-India and sent to: AID-India Old No 132, New No 242, Avvai Shanmugam Road Gopalapuram, Chennai - 600 086 (In the US - collections are being done by AID-US - you can contact 1-888-TALK-2-AID or 301-209-0508 for more details. 2. Clothes - particularly blankets 3. Food - rice, wheat and dal - as grains for cooking and using over the next one week. 4. Medicines (antibiotics, ORS, bandages, cotton, etc - basic first aid). 5. Doctors - people willing to stay in Nagai and Cuddalore and treat people in health camps. 6. Vessels - pots and pans, etc. Help in any way would be much appreciated. For more information or help you could write to me at shobhanaj@VTmail.com Let's help those affected pick up the pieces and begin life again.