Wednesday, October 12, 2005

A test for all

"Verily, with every difficulty there is relief.
Verily, with every difficulty there is relief."
Holy Qur'an 94:5-6

Whenever a new disaster strikes, people get bombarded with requests for donations. Like me, I am sure others wonder that with so many things going wrong around the world, how much more can we really give & how do we choose what to give to? I understand completely. The lastest earthquake in Pakistan hit me hard because I grew up with Pakistanis and have many South Asian friends. But for those of you who haven't yet pledged any money, this is how I decide:

$10: I can probably sacrifice 3 Starbucks lattes for a week
$25: I can probably sacrifice a few lattes & make my own lunch from home instead of going out
$xxx: I can't put a price to what you can afford, but this a disaster of enormous scale and every bit you give will give a long way to help those affected.

May God bless you and those affected during this holy month of Ramadhan. Remember them in your prayers....


Islamic Relief
www.islamicrelief.com

Association for the Development of Pakistan
www.DevelopPakistan.org

Kashmir International Relief Fund
http://www.kirf.org/

Action Against Hunger
www.actionagainsthunger.org

American Red CrossInternational Response
www.redcross.org

American Refugee Committee Rapid Response
www.archq.org

CARE
www.care.org

Food for the Hungry
www.fh.org

Habitat for Humanity International South Asia
www.habitat.org

International Rescue
www.theIRC.org

Mercy Corps Pakistan Earthquake Fund
www.mercyusa.org

Oxfam AmericaGlobal Emergencies Fund
www.oxfamamerica.org

Save the Children USA
www.savethechildren.org

U.S. Fund for UNICEF
www.unicefusa.org

World Vision
www.worldvision.org

World Food Programme
www.wfp.org