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Earthquakes, tsunami, typhoons, flooding: What a tragic week

Last week saw a string of disasters wreak havoc around the Asia Pacific region. Starting last weekend, a typhoon/tropical storm caused damage and flooding as it ripped across the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. (Check out a video of the flooding from a GlobalGiving project leader in Laos.) Midweek an earthquake triggered a tsunami that hit the Samoan islands and Tonga and another hit off the coast of Padang in Indonesia. Indonesia was then hit by another quake the next day and another tropical storm led to more flooding in Southeast Asia. It was tragic to see these areas hit by a disaster just as they were digging out from a previous one.GlobalGiving is partnering with some great organizations that are working to provide relief and hasten recovery in affected areas. In addition to providing basic necessities, PUSPEM, a local Indonesian organization, is setting up emergency schools to ensure children have the opportunity to continue their education despite the destruction caused by the earthquake. Water Missions International is providing probably the most essential need-clean, safe drinking water. CHF International, experienced in disaster relief in the area, is providing another basic necessity, shelter.

In the Philippines, the Disaster Management Response Program at De La Salle University is currently collecting and distributing relief goods, and will be transitioning from initial disaster recovery to helping communities rebuild in the coming days and weeks. In Laos, SEDA is also providing basic relief with an eye toward long-term recovery.

We’re happy to have such a strong network of project leaders around the world who are able to quickly and effectively bring relief when these terrible disasters hit.

Mapping Media (beyond the world atlas)

A little under one month ago I attended AU’s Beyond Broadcast 2008: Mapping Public Media conference. The one-day session looked at using mapping as a tool for engagement and storytelling. These informative and aesthetically-pleasing maps definitely speak for themselves – a few of my favorites were: NPR’s 2008 Election Map, Stamen’s, and Linkfluence’s Presidential Watch ’08.

I also ran into’s Andrew Turner, who mentioned he’d just created a very cool Global Charities map featuring some Kiva loans, as well as GlobalGiving’s New Projects and Recently-Updated Projects.


On Tuesday, GlobalGiving staffers headed to the N Street Village uproot overgrown weeds and add some zest to the neighborhood garden.

N Street Village empowers homeless and low-income women to claim their highest quality of life by offering a broad spectrum of services and advocacy in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. The Village also provides affordable rental housing for low and moderate-income individuals and families.

Jennifer Connelly Drinks Dirty Water

Charity: water has a great new PSA that will premiere on Idol Gives Back tonight.


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Re: Graphing Social Patterns

For our fundraising friends:

Beth posted her slides from a recent talk about social apps and media for social good.