Dear BioD folk,
Jacob Phelps, our graduate student in the Applied Plant Ecology lab is there in Thailand and helping Baan Arsa Jaidee.
He has setup a PayPal account to collect and deposit funds into the Thai Health Promotion Foundation account, the Thai Government agency managing the Centre’s finances. The means to donate directly into the Relief Fund will be setup, but this while take awhile and funds are needed urgently.
On Thursday, Mingko sent out this appeal to donate funds via http://www.baanarsajaidee.blogspot.com.
Sivasothi aka Otterman
From: “Posa, Mary Rose Cervantes”
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2011 22:12:36 +0800
We have received updates from Jacob about the flooding situation in Bangkok. Thailand has seen the most severe flooding in 50 years. Many people have lost everything, and desperately need access to food and clean water, medicine, toilets, boats and clothes.
Jacob and Hannah have been volunteering at a local centre called Ban Arsa Jai Dee to pack food for flood-affected areas north of Bangkok. It is only one of two food storage and distribution centres in Bangkok. Resources are limited and they especially needs funds to purchase: food and water for distribution, rafts and water purifiers.
To learn more about their efforts and make a contribution, you can go to http://www.baanarsajaidee.blogspot.com. The link to make a direct donation through Paypal (you won’t need an account) can be found on the right side of the page.
Finally, please spread the word to others!
About the Baan Arsa Jaidee
From the webpage:
“The Thai Health Promotion Foundation, an autonomous Thai government agency, in collaboration with civil society groups – ArsaDusit Volunteers, Thaiflood, and others- has opened Baan Arsa Jaidee, an emergency relief centre on 14 Oct 2011.
In a short time it has proved itself one of the most aggressive and responsive flood relief groups because it helps to coordinate dozens of existing civil society groups”
See “Thailand flood: ‘Making survival packs‘,” BBC News, 27 Oct 2011.