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Tsunami / Message from ILGA

in SRI LANKA, 05/01/2005

We need an enormous amount of help here

In the aftermath of the terrible earthquakes and Tsunamis that have devastated parts of the Asian Region, both Kursad and I, speaking on behalf of the ILGA family, extend our deepest and sincerest sympathies and offer condolences and prayers to all our brothers and sisters and extended family in the Asian Region.

Those who have lost loved ones and their homes and livelihoods due to the tragedy that befell them on Boxing Day 26th December 2004 need our prayers and our assistance at this time. We urge all our members in the unaffected areas to give generously towards the victims of the tragedy. No amount of money can replace the grief of people who have lost everything, including their families. However, we can only try to alleviate their hunger and their suffering so that they can have the strength to carry on with the rest of their lives. For many countries in the affected areas, this is but another of many tragedies and disasters that have befallen them in recent times. One wonders sometimes, how much more one can take. But humans have proven to be both resilient and resourceful and with the assistance of all our fellow human beings, we can begin to get over this tragedy as well and live better lives. Lives that are now more understanding, more compassionate and more tolerant of the all different people that live around us.

Please forgive the lateness of this notice. It by no means shows a lack of concern as our thoughts and prayers have been with the Region since day one.

In solidarity,

Rosanna Flamer-Caldera
Kursad Kahramanoglu
Co-Secretaries General

You may donate online using ILGA’s donation page. Please let us know if you wish the money you are donating is meant to contribute to the relief effort in the Comments box at the bottom of the page. Money will be redistributed to LGBT, women and children organizations and administered by ILGA and Equal Ground.

You may also choose to transfer directly your donation to a bank account specifically set up for this purpose:

Bank: Fortis Bank
Address: avenue Paul De Jaer, 2; B-1060 Brussels; Belgium Account name: ILGA Equal Ground

Contributions within Belgium
Account number: 001-4478017-88

Contributions from outside Belgium
IBAN BE56001447801788
Swift GEBABEBB

NB USA: Taxpayers who itemize may claim charitable contribution deductions for donations made during January 2005 to organizations helping the victims of the Indian Ocean Tsunami on their 2004 federal income tax returns. While contributions to foreign organizations are generally not deductible, under P.L. 109-1, enacted on January 7, 2005, donations to help tsunami victims made before February 1, 2005, may be deducted on a taxpayer's 2004 or 2005 return. The new law applies only to cash contributions made specifically for the relief of victims in areas affected by the December 26, 2004, tsunami in the Indian Ocean. Donors should note on their checks that it is a contribution to help tsunami victims.

Taxpayers are advised to be sure their contributions go to qualified charities. Taxpayers who have a specific charity in mind can make sure that it is a qualified charity by doing a search on the IRS's website, www. irs.gov. In addition, some organizations, such as churches or governments, may be qualified, even though they are not listed on the website. Information about groups involved in tsunami relief can be found on the USAID website, www.usaid.gov/locations/asia_near_east/tsunami/ngolist, or the USA Freedom Corps website, www.usafreedomcorps.gov.

Further information can be found in IRS Publication 526, Charitable Contributions, which provides information on making contributions to charities, and IRS Publication 3833, Disaster Relief: Providing Assistance through Charitable Organizations, which explains how the public can use charitable organizations to help victims of disasters, and how new organizations can obtain tax-exempt status.
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