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Hindu group urges NRIs to help Tsunami victims:-
Troy, Michigan | December 28, 2004 1:33:48 PM IST
Navya Shastra, a global organization of scholars, activists, priests and lay people dedicated to fostering the spiritual equality of all Hindus, has called upon the global Hindu community to contribute generously to the victims of the December 26 earthquake-cum Tsunami wave attack in South East Asia.

The calamity has so far claimed the lives of over 24,000 victims in the region, and according to latest estimates over 6000 lives in India alone.

"Our religious ideals, enshrined in the Vedas and the Thirukkural, exhort us to give to those in need," said V C Vijayaraghavan, a Navya Shastra member from London.

"This is all the more important because so many of the victims were innocent children," he added.

Navya Shastra also condemned organizations in India who blamed the devastating earthquake on the arrest of the Kanchi Shankaracharya, Sri Jayendra Saraswati.

"Hindus should not ascribe the disaster to divine retribution," said Rajarathina Bhattar, a Navya Shastra advisor and a priest in Houston.

"At times like these sane voices must prevail," he added. (ANI)

Organizations accepting donations for relief work:
(Navya Shastra does not endorse any particular charity. Potential donors are advised to conduct their own due diligence before contributing to any organization.)

1. BAPS Care International
Contact: Shailendra Adroja; 1-732-744-1744
Checks payable to: BAPS Care International
Address:
195, Main Street, Suite # 304
Metuchen, New Jersey-08840
Payments can also be made online (beginning later this afternoon, EST) at http://www.bapscare.org/

2. Association for India's Development:
Contact: Aniruddha Vaidya, 1-650-996-8249
1-888-TALK-2-AID or (301) 422-4441
email: info@aidindia.org
Contributions to AID can be made through secure on-line credit-card deductions from AID's website (www.aidindia.org), where further details and updates will also be posted. Please indicate that your contribution is for the "Relief and Rehabilitation Fund".
Checks payable to "AID" can be mailed to:
AID Zone 3,
P.O. Box 4801
Mountain View, CA 94040-0801
(Please indicate "Relief and Rehabilitation Fund" in the check memo)

3. Tamils Rehabilitation Organisation
Head Office:
Kandasamy Koviladi
Kandy Road (A9 Road)
Kilinochchi
Phone: +94 21 222 39 47
Fax: +94 21 222 39 47
E-mail: office@troonline.org

International
PO Box 4254
Knox City, Victoria 3152
Australia
Phone: +61 3 9888 3899
Fax: +61 3 9888 3899
E-mail: tro@net2000.com.
http://www.troonline.org/

4. GiveIndia (provides funds to many NGOs in India)
To donate offline:
US tax-paying donors please send cheques favouring "GIVE Foundation Inc." mentioning "Tsunami Relief" on the reverse, along with your full name, address, phone & email ID to-
Pawan Mehra
GIVE Foundation, Inc.
25 Agapanthus Street
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
UK tax-paying donors please send cheques favouring "Giving Impetus to Voluntary Effort" mentioning "Tsunami Relief" on the reverse, along with your full name, address, phone & email ID to-
Aarti Madhusudhan
Giving Impetus to Voluntary Effort
166, Northfield Road
Heston, TW5 9JG, UK
Others, please mail a cheque favouring "GIVE Online", mentioning "Tsunami Relief" on the reverse, along with your full name, address, phone & email ID to- GiveIndia,
301 New India Indl.
Estate, off Mahakali Caves Rd.,
Andheri (E), Mumbai 400099.
http://www.giveindia.org/give/common/tsunami.jsp#

5. The Hindu Temple Society of North America
Contact: Dr Uma Mysorekar
(718) 460-8484
Checks (tax deductible) payable to: The Hindu Temple Society of North America
Address:
Hindu Temple Society of North America
45-57 Bowne Street
Flushing, NY-11355

6. American Hindu Association, a tax-exempt organization under Internal Revenue Code, Section 501(c)(3), has set up a fund to raise money for the victims from India and Sri Lanka. The full amount of contribution is tax deductible.
Please make the check payable to, American Hindu Association. In the memo, please mention Tidal waves victims.
Address:
American Hindu Association
Tidal waves victims
P.O.Box 55405
Madison WI 53705
www.americanhindu.org

7.IAHV (affiliate of Art of Living) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contributions are fully tax deductible and 100% of your donations go to the victims.
You can donate in the following ways
1. ONLINE: Please go to http://www.iahv.org and donate using our secure website (the secure website will be launched at the time of payment).
2. CHECK/MONEY ORDER: Please make them payable to IAHV and mail to: IAHV, 12121 Quadrille Lane, Bowie, MD 20720
Contact: Filiz Odabas-Geldiay 202-363-2136 or Madhu Kadari 301-806- 7983 for more information.

8. Bhaktivedanta International Charities
http://www.foodrelief.org
Donations may also by sent by check made payable to "Bhaktivedanta International Charities" with the words 'Tamil Nadu Relief' in the memo field:
Bhaktivedanta International Charities
P.O.Box 34153
Los Angeles, CA 90034
United States of America

9. AIM for Seva
One thing All India Movement for Seva assures you is, literally every cent goes to this work. -- Dayananda Saraswati
You can send by credit card. Please visit www.aimforseva.org for instructions.
You can also send relief supplies (food, medicine,clothing,blankets etc)directly to:
a) AIM for Seva center in coimbatore....011-91-422-2657001
b) Sri Vedananda Ashramam, 139 Aurobindo St, Pondicherry-605001
Contact: Swami Tattvabodhananda , Telephone 011-91-413-5208944 or cell 011-91-98942-11552





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