Fellow Joomla blogger Brian Teeman has started a fund-raising initiative to raise money for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).
I want to join him in his efforts and I hope you as a reader will find that this cause is one (of many) which will help people who find themselves in danger.
Brian has chosen Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Doctors Without Borders, as they are an international, non-denominational, non-political humanitarian aid organisation that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 80 countries.
The Earthquake victims need your help now!
Now is the time to step up and give your donation. Your contribution has rarely been needed more than just now.
Update January 15th 2010:
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|Haiti video update: Description of initial needs|
| Paul McPhun, MSF operations manager, gives a briefing here on the situation for MSF and our patients in Haiti, including damage sustained to MSF medical centres, our medical focus, the types of injuries and traumas we are seeing, further response plans, how medical teams are overwhelmed, having worked all night and concerns over staff and patients unaccounted for.
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Originally, Brian wrote about his initiative:
As we approach the end of another year it is traditional in many cultures to look back and see what has been achieved in that time and to give thanks.
For many of us it is a time to take stock and to acknowledge that we may be more fortunate than others. One way to do this is to donate money to a charity.
Why don't you join me and other users of Joomla!™ to raise funds "all together" for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are committed to two objectives:
- Providing medical aid wherever needed, regardless of race, religion, politics or gender
- Raising awareness of the plight of people they help. MSF has been setting up emergency medical aid missions around the world since 1971.
MSF works in rehabilitation of hospitals and dispensaries, vaccination programmes and water and sanitation projects. MSF also works in remote health care centres, slum areas and provides training of local personnel. All this is done with the objective of rebuilding health structures to acceptable levels.
You can find out more about their work at http://www.msf.org and http://www.youtube.com/msf
No matter how much you can afford to donate it will be greatly appreciated by those in need. But whilst deciding how much take a little time perhaps and think of the number of Joomla! web sites you have built this year, the number of extensions or templates you have sold or even the time you have saved by using Joomla!
What MSF can do with our donations:
Two high-energy meals a day to 200 children
Vaccinations for 50 people against meningitis, measles, polio or other deadly epidemics
Two basic suture kits to repair minor shrapnel wounds
Infection-fighting antibiotics to treat nearly 40 wounded children
A sterilization kit for syringes and needles used in mobile vaccination campaigns
A medical kit containing basic drugs, supplies, equipment, and dressings to treat 1,500 patients for three months
Emergency medical supplies to aid 5,000 disaster victims for an entire month
An emergency health kit to care for 10,000 displaced people for three months
In the UK or want to use Paypal
- Donate using http://www.justgiving.com/joomla-users
It is simple, fast and totally secure and you can donate by credit card or by paypal.
If you are a UK taxpayer, an extra 28% in tax will be added to your gift at no cost to you.
In the USA
If you are a US citizen and wish to make a tax deductable donation then you can do so at the special American version of this site http://www.firstgiving.com/joomla-users. This site only accepts credit cards and not paypal.
It would be really great if you could join with me to support MSF and say thank you all together. So if you belong to a JUG, write a blog, have a Joomla web site please consider adding a link on your site. JustGiving/FirstGiving have provided the following code that you can paste into a joomla custom html module that will provide a direct link from your site to the donation site. JustGiving code here FirstGiving code here .
So please sponsor Médecins Sans Frontières now!
Many thanks for your support.
Brian Teeman (and now joined by Kristoffer Sandven of JoomlaBlogger)
Donating through JustGiving/FirstGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving/FirstGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity.
This fundraising campaign is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Joomla Project. It is not supported or warranted by the Joomla Project or Open Source Matters. Joomla! is the registered trademark of Open Source Matters, Inc in the United States and other countries.