How to help tsunami victims

More than 150,000 natives and tourists are dead. Millions of families are homeless. An untold number of children are orphaned. Entire villages and livelihoods are lost. The toll of the Dec. 26 tsunami is so immense, it cannot begin to be accurately measured. If you want to help, here are some Georgia-based agencies to contact:

CARE: CARE’s long-term presence in southeast Asia has allowed the agency to mount a multi-country response that includes the delivery of food, water purification tablets, shelter materials and basic medical supplies to the hardest-hit areas of India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Contributions will help rush lifesaving aid to the most affected areas. 151 Ellis St., Atlanta, 30303. 800-521-2273.

Habitat for Humanity International: The organization has offices in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Malaysia and Bangladesh that are helping with short- and long-term shelter needs. In Sri Lanka, Habitat is constructing semi-permanent shelters and repairing damaged homes — and estimates that some homes could be made habitable for between $50 and $100. 121 Habitat St., Americus, 31709. 800-422-4828.

Rising Star Outreach: Rising Star Outreach runs a mobile medical unit that normally serves leprosy victims but is now launching a response to the immediate medical needs of tsunami victims. The group has several doctors on the ground in India, waiting for needed supplies. 1011 Kettering Place, Alpharetta, 30022. 770-416-6830.

MAP International: Through its various offices, MAP will be airlifting nearly 5 tons of medical relief to aid victims of the tsunamis in India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. MAP’s initial relief shipment will exceed $500,000 in essential medical supplies, and the group expects to provide more than $4 million in supplies in the coming months. P.O. Box 215000, Brunswick, 31521. 800-225-8550.

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