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Special focus: Volunteers' role in 2004 tsunami relief & recovery
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07 January 2005
Untrained volunteers urged not to help 
The head of a group which places volunteer specialists in disaster areas has warned enthusiastic volunteers without specific experience not to go to tsunami-affected regions.  Visit site

07 January 2005
Untrained volunteers urged not to help 
The head of a group which places volunteer specialists in disaster areas has warned enthusiastic volunteers without specific experience not to go to tsunami-affected regions.  Visit site

07 January 2005
Net benefits 
 The Indian Ocean tsunami disaster generated a record level of charity giving - including a remarkable number of online donations.  Visit site

06 January 2005
Volunteers work non-stop to prepare relief kits 
For people who lost everything in the devastating tsunami that roared across the Sri Lankan coast last week, the emergency relief kits being put together by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) can not reach them soon enough.  Read article

06 January 2005
26,000 workers to tackle post-tsunami trauma 
To help tsunami victims combat the severe psychological trauma, as many as 26,000 volunteers in the Andaman and Nicobar islands and Tamil Nadu are being trained by counsellors from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences in Bangalore.  Visit site

06 January 2005
Volunteers bolster tsunami aid effort  
Hundreds of volunteers - both Thais and foreigners - have decided to travel to affected areas of the country to offer their help. Some cut short their holidays, others took time off work and still others have quit their jobs completely - but all of them said they could not just get on with their lives, knowing such a disaster had happened.  Visit site

06 January 2005
Volunteers bolster tsunami aid effort  
Hundreds of volunteers - both Thais and foreigners - have decided to travel to affected areas of the country to offer their help. Some cut short their holidays, others took time off work and still others have quit their jobs completely - but all of them said they could not just get on with their lives, knowing such a disaster had happened.  Visit site

05 January 2005
Anxious to help, they come as builders and end up as porters in the morgues  
Hot, sweaty, pink-skinned and carrying a large green holdall, you can tell that Ian Archer, a builder, has just stepped off the plane when he arrives at the volunteer centre in Phuket town hall. Mr Archer is a sudden convert to direct action, inspired by the contrast between the TV images of suffering he saw in south Asia and the comfort of his British home.  Visit site

04 January 2005
Donations flood prompts aid group to call halt for South Asia 
The medical relief agency Medicins Sans Frontiers said the 54 million dollars collected for South Asia was enough and issued what it said was a first-ever call Tuesday for a halt to donations.  Visit site

04 January 2005
Red Cross steps up aid efforts in Aceh 
The Red Cross relief effort in the Indonesian province of Aceh is focused on the devastated town of Meulaboh, where an estimated 40,000 people died. Joining the thousands of Indonesian Red Cross volunteers are emergency response units from sister National Societies that will be providing essential water, sanitation and health services.  Visit site


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