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

Association for the Development of Pakistan

Kashmir International Relief Fund

Action Against Hunger

American Red CrossInternational Response

American Refugee Committee Rapid Response


Food for the Hungry

Habitat for Humanity International South Asia

International Rescue

Mercy Corps Pakistan Earthquake Fund

Oxfam AmericaGlobal Emergencies Fund

Save the Children USA

U.S. Fund for UNICEF

World Vision

World Food Programme