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Appeals For Relief to Victims of Earthquake in J &K and Pakistan

Dear Friend,

If you live anywhere in India here is one way that you can help, in your own small way, the suffering victims of the recent earthquake in Kashmir: You can collect or buy warm clothes, blankets, sleeping bags, sheets etc [in good condition please] from friends and relatives and then arrange to send them by truck/road transport to Kashmir [which will be cheaper, although less fast, than courier]. Please note that all this material should be in GOOD condition, and not torn or unusable. Please do NOT send dirty, torn or very old and fraying material. Think of the thousands of people suffering in Kashmir with severe winter now approaching. You could send them to Arjimand Hussain, who heads Action Aid in Kashmir, who will arrange to distribute them in affected villages in Kupwara and Baramulla. The parcel [s] should be addressed to:

Arjimand Hussain
Action Aid
H-12 Cooperative Colony
Jammu and Kashmir

cell no: (0)9419004521
(res): 0191-2476367

Currently, in India, around 1,50,000 people have been made homeless and around 1300 lives have been lost due to the disastrous earthquake. Survivors have reported a shortage of blankets, sweaters and tents in particular.

A partial list of organisations working towards aid in Jammu and Kashmir following the earthquake has been compiled. We can assist them by either contributing relief material or by making donations to help the quake victims. Please distribute this important information to as many people as possible. We really need to support our suffering brothers and sisters, and it has to be done before the winter sets in.

1. Action Aid India (J&K Office) - collecting relief supplies

2. J&K Coalition of Civil society - collecting funds

3. Jammu and Kashmir Bank - (NRI's please note!) collecting funds ONLINE and in 500 branches across India.

4. Greater Kashmir newspaper - collecting funds

5. Indian red cross society - collecting funds

6. World vision India - collecting funds ONLINE and partnering with corporates


The details are given below

1. Action Aid

You can collect or buy warm clothes, blankets, sleeping bags, sheets etc [in good condition please] from friends and relatives and then arrange to send them by truck/road transport to Kashmir. You could address them to Mr. Arjimand Hussain, who heads Action Aid in Kashmir, who will arrange to distribute them in affected villages in Kupwara and Baramulla. The parcel [s] should be addressed to:

Arjimand Hussain
Action Aid, H-12 Cooperative Colony
Peerbagh, Srinagar
Jammu and Kashmir
cell no: (0)9419004521
(res): 0191-2476367

2. J&K Coalition of Civil society (ATHROT)


Relief Action Programme for the Earthquake Victims. ATHROT is a collective initiative supported by Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society, Jammu and Kashmir Yateem Foundation, Help Poor Voluntary Trust, Friends of Humanity, Student’s Helpline, Kashmiri Women’s Initiative for Peace and Disarmament, Apna Ghar, Youth for Humanity, Bar Association Budgam and students from Kashmir University and different Colleges and members from Business community.

ATHROT needs your donations in cash and kind to support the relief programme for: -

1. Relief and Rehabilitation of Uri victims

2. Emergency relief programme for Tangdar victims

3. Blood Donation for Azad Kashmir victims

• Donations in Cash may be deposited at Jammu and Kashmir Bank, Polo view Branch, on account of JKYF account number SB 1169

• Clothes, blankets, tents, food items and other donations in kind may be handed over to our volunteers at ATHROT collection counter at Lal Chowk, Srinagar

• Donations will also be directly accepted at our camps at Salamabad, Uri and Tangdar

• BLOOD DONATION CAMP for Azad Kashmir victims will be held on Sunday 16th of October 2005.

Please feel free to contact for further details on the following numbers:
91-194- 2482820, 9419013553, 2310145, 9419046026, 9419009950

Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society
C/O Mr. Parvez Imroz
The Bund, Amira Kadal, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, 190001. India

3. Jammu and Kashmir Bank

They have around 500 branches in India and are collecting donations at all branches also. Please check their website for details of relief work already done and arrangements made for fund collection. The Bank organized a relief fund for the purpose, named as “The J&K Bank Earthquake Relief Fund”. A uniform account number/name “ JKBANKRELIEF ” for facilitating collections of donations from prospective donors has been allotted for the purpose to all branches across the country. Overseas donations can be remitted through SWIFT CODE “JAKAINBB”. Donations can be made online from the website.

4. Greater Kashmir (Srinagar-based newspaper)

GK Welfare Trust (GKWT), a trust set up by the Greater Kashmir, is extending a helping hand to the affected population across Jammu and Kashmir as also in Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK). GK Welfare Trust has launched a relief campaign to help mitigate grave problems people in the quake-hit areas are facing. A relief fund has been created with Greater Kashmir contributing Rs 2,51,000 (Rupees two lakh fifty one thousand) as corpus fund to GKWT. Generous contributions from well-to-do citizens, businessmen, industrialists and others willing to be part of this noble cause are passionately solicited. Cash donations can be deposited on the following addresses:

Srinagar: Account no. CD 1351-J&K Bank, branch SSI Lal Chowk

Jammu: Account no. CD 12114-J&K Bank, Residency Road, Jammu.

The name and! address of the contributors will be published on the front page of the leading English daily, the Greater Kashmir, subject to donor's consent. Note: GK Welfare Trust is egistered vide I no. CIT/IMC/TECH/05-06/2320- dated August 29, 2005 by commissioner of Income Tax, J&K

5. Indian Red Cross Society

The Indian Red Cross is continuing its distributions of food and other relief items. Its Jammu and Kashmir branch distributed five tonnes of dried food rations and its staff is involved in relief operations in Poonch, Rajouri, Baramulla and Uri.

A link to their donations page -

6. World vision India

It is working in providing relief and is also collecting donations online.
For more details, please check details on their website -


Child Nurture and Relief (CHINAR) is accepting donations to help the victims of this disaster. Our team in India is already making initial assessment of the short-term and long-term needs of the survivors.

Please donate generously. You can write a check to Child Nurture and Relief (with Earthquake Relief in the memo section) or you can donate online at (with an e-mail to that the donation is for Earthquake Relief). All donations to CHINAR are tax deductible.

Child Nurture and Relief
21029 Roaming Shores Ter.
Ashburn, VA 20147

Appeal for Jammu and Kashmir Earthquake Relief and Rehabilitation
From: Ashima Kaul and Yoginder Sikand

Early morning on Saturday, October 8th 2005, the lives of thousands of people in Jammu and Kashmir changed forever. A massive earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale destroyed homes, families, towns and villages. Uri and its surrounding areas and Tangdhar sector in Kupwara in Kashmir Division and Poonch in Jammu Division in the Indian-administered part of Jammu and Kashmir have been particularly affected. The grave human tragedy calls for urgent help from all sections of the society. Especially now when winter is approaching and it is extremely difficult for people to bear the cold winter chill. In this hour of need, Yakjah Reconciliation and Development Network (YRDN) In collaboration with Society for Consumer Protection and Environment (SCOPE) Has decided to extend all possible help and support by offering volunteering services for networking and long term intervention in the affected areas. We appeal to all those who receive this appeal to generously donate. Your donations will make a difference to the families of those who have lost loved ones, homes and much more. Donations should be in the form of crossed cheques or demand draft, payable in the name of Society for Consumer Protection and Environment, which would be the nodal organization based in Jammu from where relief would be directed to Poonch and Kashmir (Uri). Yakjah would extend help in coordinating, networking and monitoring the local groups in identified villages in Poonch and Uri. The demand draft/cheque should be sent to Anu Sharma, c/o SCOPE , 7, Panj Bakhtar Road, Jammu Tawi, Jammu and Kashmir,(India). SCOPE's account no. is 8945 and the acount is held in Jammu and Kashmir Bank, Residency Road, Jammu Tawi, India. Phone- 91- 191- 2548534 (Office) and Anu Sharma - 09811163931

In case you are based in Bangalore or Delhi and have warm clothes, blankets, sheets, sleeping bags etc. (in good condition) to donate, which we will send on to Poonch and Uri, please get in touch with Ashima Kaul (Delhi, cell no. 09868868746) or Yoginder Sikand (Delhi cell no. 9899437610) or Ali Sharif (Bangalore, cell no. 9880365936)

NOTE: For any queries please get in touch with:

Yakjah Reconciliation and Development Network
Address: C-8 Press Apartments, 23 I.P.Extension, Delhi –110 092 (India) Phone: Ashima Kaul in Delhi – 09868868746, Yoginder Sikand in Delhi – 09899437610, Pradeep Dutta in Jammu - 09419118514 and Syed Shahnawaz in Srinagar - 09419014344


Yakjah is a group of Kashmiri and non-Kashmiri professionals based in New Delhi, Jammu, Kashmir, Bangalore, Calcutta and Mumbai. They have been working with Kashmiri children through creative media for the last three years (since 2002) to reconcile different ethnic and communal groups in Jammu and Kashmir so as to battle the forces of militancy, polarization, communal divide and corruption.

Society for Consumer Protection and Environment (SCOPE)


7, Panj Bakhtar Road, Jammu Tawi, Jammu and Kashmir, (India).
Phone- 91- 191- 2548534 (Office) and Anu Sharma - 09811163931

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The Society for Consumer Protection and Environment [SCOPE] was founded in 1990 in Jammu City, Jammu & Kashmir, India, by Dr. TN Shalla of the Law Department of Jammu University. SCOPE was later registered under the J&K Societies Registration Act in 1996 under its Executive Committee (Registration No. 2613-S of 1996).

Throughout its early years, SCOPE was active in promoting consumer rights on a variety of issues, including traffic safety, pollution, deforestation, pollution of environment by plastics, fuel adulteration, tampering of rickshaw meters, etc. In later years, it engaged in several voluntary programs funded by agencies such as NACO, the British Council, the Indian Oil Corporation, etc. Starting in 2001, SCOPE has also started Chhaya, a center for women's empowerment through training in tailoring skills.

Beginning in March 2005, SCOPE has been preparing for a major programme in Good Governance that will be sponsored by the Parternship for Transparency Fund (Washington, DC), which will be led by a newly-formed Legal Committee. SCOPE has been working with the Milk Federation of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB)to establish model milk cooperatives in Tehsils Akhnoor and Khour, which we hope will be expanded throughout the State. The project is likely to commence from November 2005.

An Urgent Appeal
Manipal Hospital

I, Tasneemunissa was a teacher with a qualification of B.A, B.Ed. I was working in Oxford English School, Bangalore. But I had to give up my job for the past three years due to my serious kidney ailment. I am undergoing kidney transplantation. With no parents and a failed marriage, I am financially in no position to meet the huge expenses of Rs 2,93,000 lakh which is the cost of the kidney transplant to be conducted at Manipal Hospital, Bangalore. I appeal to the community, corporate organizations and philantrophists to extend their help which will help me tide over this crisis and lead an independent and healthy life after the transplantation. I am being treated by Dr H.Sudarshan Ballal-Director-Nephrology and Urology, Manipal Hospital.

You can directly forward your cheques or DD to
Manipal Hospital, Hospital No-192308, 98, Rustom Bagh, Airport Road, Bangalore-560017. India. Ph: 25266441, 25266646. Email:

Donate Books

Hazrat Moulana Ismail (RA) Memorial Library, a unit of Rasulpur Youth Cultural Association (RYCA) registered under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 (Regd No-17253/12 of 2004-05), has been established after the sad demise of Late Moulana who was a great scholar as well as an orator on Islam. He had set up the first madrasa-‘Markazul Uloom Sungrah’ in the year 1936, in the State of Orissa. His service to the community and the nation made him so popular that he is remembered today by every section of the society.

We humbly appeal to all readers of Islamic Voice in India and abroad as well as philanthropists to lend us a helping hand by donating BOOKS and help us financially for the safe-keeping of the books as we wish to purchase book-shelfs, almirahs and racks.

Donations by cash, cheque or DD should be in favour of RYCA and be sent addressed to, SK Naser Mohammad, President RYCA, at Rasulpur, P.O.KOOD, VIA- Sungra, Dist-Cuttack. PIN:754221 (Orissa).

S.K.Naser Mohammad, President-R.Y.C.A

An Appeal

R.Raziullah Khan, B.Sc, aged 30 years, S/O Mr Mustafa Khan, residing at No 19/1, Dimma Samy Darga Street, Jawahar Nagar, Chennai-82 has Chronic Renal Failure (Kidney Transplantation) for which he requires operation at the earliest. The cost of this procedure in the general ward is Rs 2,50,000 which is inclusive of the Dialysis, Post-Operative, cyclo-sporine expenses like room, rent pharmacy, diet etc. The patient has a very poor economic background and deserves help. This is an appeal to the community to extend help.

Your cheques or DD can be sent in favour of “Kaliappa Renal Centre” Raja Annamalai Puram, Chennai-600028.