Friday, September 14, 2007
Reuters AlertNet - SRI LANKA: Small grants turn tide for tsunami-hit entrepreneurs: "BENTOTA, 14 September 2007 (IRIN) - SRI LANKA: Small grants turn tide for tsunami-hit entrepreneurs BENTOTA, 14 September 2007 (IRIN) - In several coastal hamlets in Sri Lanka the tide has turned for potters, batik designers and other entrepreneurs whose small-scale businesses were hit hard by the December 2004 tsunami. Their trades are bouncing back and incomes increasing thanks to some post-tsunami assistance from developing countries."
Aust pledges aid after Indonesian quake - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): "Aust pledges aid after Indonesian quake By Jakarta correspondent Geoff Thompson Posted Thu Sep 13, 2007 8:20pm AEST As fears ease over the extent of damage caused by last night's massive 8.4 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, the Australian Government has provided $50,000 in assistance through the Indonesian Red Cross."
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
The Asia Foundation Puts Mobile Libraries in Motion for Local Sri Lankan Communities - Press Release
The Asia Foundation Puts Mobile Libraries in Motion for Local Sri Lankan Communities - Press Release: "COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Asia Foundation is launching a new mobile library initiative aimed at helping an estimated 80,000 families and children who do not have access to the existing library services in four local authorities. Many of these communities were devastated by the tsunami, and schools and libraries are still in the process of being rebuilt. The mobile library initiative is being launched with support from the AIG Disaster Relief Fund (DRF), and Give2Asia, an organization founded by The Asia Foundation to promote philanthropy to Asia."
Monday, September 10, 2007
Chippewa.com: "When you stroll the streets of New Orleans, there are people coming and going, street musicians belting out tunes and horns blaring. Not to mention the wonderful smells of creole cooking and sweet sounds of hammers pounding. The city has come a long way since Aug. 29, 2005, when Hurricane Katrina hit. According to “The Katrina Index,” created by the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center, applications for new housing construction permits have now soared above pre-Katrina levels, enrollment numbers are rising at elementary and secondary schools and unemployment levels, which used to be extremely high, are back down below the national average. In addition, millions of cubic yards of debris have been cleared away and the levees are in the process of being rebuilt."