U.S. Responds to Earthquake in India

February 5, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On February 5, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported on the response of metro Atlanta's Indian faith communities to the earthquake in Gujarat. Many members of the the Bochasanwasi Swaminarayan Sanstha Hindu Temple in Clarkston, Georgia, "are channeling their energy toward BAPS Care International, a nonprofit relief organization that is providing food, shelter and medical aid to tens of thousands of the tragedy's survivors." A community prayer service at BAPS, drew more than 1,000 members of this community. Speakers "implored the crowd to fill out pledge cards and dig into their pockets to help --- not just for immediate needs, but for rebuilding. Many of the Indians who live here have roots in Gujarat," and are waiting to hear from relatives who were in the earthquake zone. "BAPS is developing a registry of earthquake survivors to help family members find out who is alive."

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