Date: June 14, 2006 (Wed)
Time: 5:30pm - 7pm
Please join us for Tom's 5:30pm class on June 14, which will be dedicated to the relief and rebuilding efforts underway in Indonesia and 100% of the money collected for class will be sent to Oxfam America in support of its on-the-ground work.
Payment for the June 14 class can be made either by deducting sessions from your class card, or by cash/check/credit card. 100% of the money paid for class will be sent to Oxfam. Students may also contribute additional donations, which we will add to the final amount donated.
More than 5,000 people have been killed and an estimated 130,000 left homeless by an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale near the city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 27 May. Earthquake survivors are slowly preparing to return to the remains of their homes to clear rubble and debris.
Oxfam's emergency teams are now supporting an estimated 20,000 people left homeless by the Yogyakarta earthquake, providing them with clean water and essential supplies. Oxfam is planning a US$5.5 to 9.3 million response to help 100,000 people over the next three months.
In the first seven days of the response, Oxfam delivered nearly 24,000 gallons of water, 12,500 tarps, and 20,000 other relief items, such as hygiene kits and sarongs. With its national office and warehouse located in Yogyakarta, ongoing partnerships with local organizations, and extra supplies in place in preparation for a possible eruption of the nearby Merapi volcano, Oxfam was able to mount a rapid response to the earthquake disaster.
Although tarps provide emergency protection from the elements, Oxfam will soon be distributing sheets of zinc and toolboxes to enable survivors to create better shelter against the heavy rains that fall at night. Oxfam will also build latrines and continue to provide clean water, both of which are crucial to preventing the outbreak and spread of waterborne disease in the chaotic aftermath of a disaster. Cash-for-work programs will be introduced, as well, in order to give people a chance to earn an income while carrying out badly needed community projects.
Over the next three months, Oxfam wants to ensure that the poorest people with limited access to clean drinking water and other essential resources get the tools they need to move on toward true recovery. They will work to develop solutions that give people an opportunity to build back their lives.
Oxfam America is an international development and disaster-relief organization, dedicated to creating lasting solutions to hunger, poverty and social injustice around the world. Because Oxfam works with local partners and focuses on long-term aid, it is also able to respond quickly and effectively to disasters and focus on rebuilding communities.