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Money flows in to help Pakistani flood victims. Aid agencies say Norwegians have started donating money to help victims of recent floods in Pakistan. “We have noticed a sharp increase in funds, mainly due to the large amount of media attention. One big donation has come from an electricity company,” Sindre Stranden Tollefsen, head of Norwegian Church Aid’s (NCA) media and advocacy campaigns department tells The Foreigner.Insufficient But response has been slow. Last week, benefactors were suffering from global “donor fatigue.”

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Money flows in to help Pakistani flood victims

Published on Monday, 30th August, 2010 at 13:16 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau and Michael Sandelson   .

Aid agencies say Norwegians have started donating money to help victims of recent floods in Pakistan.

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“We have noticed a sharp increase in funds, mainly due to the large amount of media attention. One big donation has come from an electricity company,” Sindre Stranden Tollefsen, head of Norwegian Church Aid’s (NCA) media and advocacy campaigns department tells The Foreigner.

Insufficient

But response has been slow. Last week, benefactors were suffering from global “donor fatigue.”

Pakistan has not benefited from as much international help as other calamities, such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake or the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

“The international recognition of this disaster has not yet been sufficient to its dimensions," US representative Richard Holbrooke told the UN Council on Foreign Relations.

"That is because floods, unlike earthquakes and tsunamis, are not sudden catastrophes that hit and then the reconstruction begins. They're rolling crises, which grow and are initially underestimated," he explained.

Case-by-case

Financial aid from businesses is distributed according to each company’s corporate social responsibility (CRS) policies. Some calamities fall within the guidelines, whilst others fail to qualify.

NCA and the Norwegian Red Cross, in collaboration with Telenor, other NGOs, and the Pakistani-Norwegians, eventually managed to mobilize financial aid, but wallets in the IT industry remain closed.

“We haven’t done anything special for Pakistan up to now,” EDB’s information chief Torgeir Kristiansen told IDG Magazine.

EDB delivers IT services and network solutions to businesses, and has approximately 6,000 staff working in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Ukraine, UK, and India.

“We have a policy to stick to one or two measures a year,” said Tore Odland, head of information at Opera software.

Odland tells The Foreigner the company’s position remains unchanged.

Bright future?

Things are, at least, beginning to look up now. Earlier last week, Telenor and the Norwegian Red Cross introduced an SMS donation method through which anyone can give money for the Pakistani people.

“Both voluntary organizations and the authorities have wanted the opportunity to collect money via SMS as a supplement to the donor telephone service, which is already established in the market,” Managing Director Ragnar Kårhus of Telenor Norway said.

According to Børge Brende, General Secretary of the Norwegian Red Cross, more than 20 million people have been hit hard by the floods, with over 8 million in need of emergency assistance each day.

Readers who wish to donate money can do so by using:

  1. Kirkens Nødhjelp (NCA), account number 1602.40.26535, or Kr 200 by phoning 820 44 004, or online.
  2. Norsk Folkehjelp (Norwegian People’s’ Aid), account number 9001.05.00000, or Kr 200 by phone on 820 44 750.
  3. Røde Kors (Norwegian Red Cross), account number 8200.06.10190, or Kr 200 by phoning 820 44 001.


Published on Monday, 30th August, 2010 at 13:16 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: pakistan, flood, victims, aid, norwegian, red, cross, peoples, aid, church, relief, un, opera, software, edb, us, richard, holbrooke, council, foreign, relations, telenor, boerge, brende.





  
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