U.S. Responds to Earthquake in India

February 8, 2001

Source: The Boston Herald

On February 8, 2001, The Boston Herald reported that "the local Indian community plans to adopt families, villages and schools in the earthquake-ravaged Gujarat region and target donations and long-term support...The groups decided to pool their efforts in order to get the most for each dollar raised...The meeting of 22 Indian social organizations in Cambridge Sunday brought together Hindus, Moslems, Jains and Sikhs, and people from diverse Indian regions and ethnic groups." One local group, Hindu Swayansewak Sangh, has raised about $80,000. Another, Gurjar, has raised more than $100,000 for relief. The organization "has prepared special fund-raising kits that Indian children and adults are taking into schools and corporations, [and it] hopes to link corporations, universities and school districts with schools in Gujarat to help them rebuild." Both groups "will work directly with non-governmental agencies in India so donations will not be diverted or absorbed by government bureaucracy or corruption."