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Disaster in Southeast Asia / 2005

January 10, 2005

Dear members of the Emory community:

All of us have been stunned by the disaster that struck in Southeast Asia. As caring members of the world community, we certainly want to help people affected by this tragedy. I write to bring you up to date on efforts being made by the University and individual members of our community to help in the vast work of recovery and rebuilding.

First, on behalf of Emory, I have contacted Dr. Julie Gerberding at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Peter Bell at CARE USA to offer the University’s assistance in any way possible. Our proximity to both these organizations and our close institutional cooperation with the CDC will lead to a variety of shared work in the weeks and months ahead.

Second, in response to the huge outpouring of desire to donate to relief agencies, the University has decided to keep open the EmoryGives charitable beyond the December 31st closing date and even beyond the end of this month. Some of the charities that benefit from this drive are fully involved in relief work in Southeast Asia, and gifts to them may be designated specifically for tsunami victims.

Among the charities to which donations may be sent through payroll deduction or direct mail are the United Methodist Committee on Relief, CARE, Doctors Without Borders, Oxfam America, and more than a dozen others. (The umbrella federation for these charities is Global Impact.) Faculty and staff members who wish to make donations should go online to http://www.emorygives.emory.edu, where they can choose to give to the federation (Global Impact) or to any of the individual agencies. Checks or donation comments should indicate that gifts are designated specifically for relief of tsunami victims. Call Kim Julian at 404-727-6185 with any questions.

Third, our remarkable students -- who are not yet all back on campus, as we’re still between semesters -- already are organizing a number of fund-raising events for the week of January 24th. They will station tables at key spots around campus for six hours a day, each day, to collect money (in the Dobbs University Center, White Hall, Cox Hall, and the Law School). These funds will be donated to Global Impact.

The students are also planning a benefit concert of student performance groups, at 7 pm, January 27 (Thursday), in Glenn Memorial. The proceeds from this concert will go to Global Impact.

Finally, on a personal note, Emory University has a number of students and scholars from Southeast Asia, and we are trying to determine whether any members of our community have been directly touched by this disaster. If you, or others you may know from Emory, have been affected, please contact Campus Life at 404-727-4364 (kathryn.moss@emory.edu) or the Office of International Student and Scholar Programs at 404-727-3300 (ISSP@emory.edu).

Sincerely and with hope for better news in the year ahead,

Jim Wagner