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USA - Appeal from Association for India's Development (AID) Inc.

AID Press Appeal on Indo-Pak earthquake relief, October 12, 2005

October 12, 2005

Association for India's Development, Inc. (AID), a charity with several chapters across the US, is appealing for donations from the public to support relief and rehabilitation efforts in response to the devastating earthquake in Jammu and Kashmir on October 8th 2005. AID has set up a separate fund for this purpose. It is also in touch with organizations that are involved in relief operations, and is expected to support relief efforts as soon as specific proposals are reviewed.

Contributions to AID for the earthquake relief and rehabilitation efforts in Jammu and Kashmir can be made through secure on-line credit-card deductions from AID's website


or by making out a check payable to "AID".

Association for India's Development
P.O. Box "F"
College Park, MD, 20741-3005

Contributions made out to "AID" should indicate in the memo that they are for the "J&K Fund". AID will make a good faith effort to use all contributions for the Jammu and Kashmir earthquake relief and rehabilitation and any excess amount will be used to support other developmental work in Jammu and Kashmir.

AID is also appealing to its community of well-wishers to contribute towards relief and rehabilitation efforts in Pakistan where the same earthquake has been much more devastating. Information on how contributions can be made toward the work of the Edhi Foundation, Sungi Development Foundation and Eqbal Ahmad Foundation that are involved with relief efforts in Pakistan are available at:

Finally, AID also appeals to the Governments of India and Pakistan to urgently build upon positive efforts in the recent months to bridge their political differences, and particularly in this time of acute crisis for the region on both sides of the shared border, to enable speedy movement of relief materials and personnel to bring comfort and solace to the hurting and quake devastated people of Kashmir.

For additional information call: 1-888-TALK-2-AID or (301) 422-4441 or email:

Background information:

The Association for India's Development (AID), Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization with nearly 40 chapters in the US. AID has received the highest 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, America's best-known independent evaluator of charities. AID projects and partners have also received several national and international awards and recognitions.

AID is committed to the cause of alleviating poverty in India, measuring progress with the yard-sticks of self-reliance, social justice, people's involvement, and volunteerism. AID supports projects that empower poor and marginalized communities in India through developmental efforts in areas such as women's issues, education, literacy, micro-credit, community health, sustainable livelihoods, watershed development and environmental issues.

Contributions to AID Inc. are tax-deductible in the US. Our federal tax-ID is 04-3652609. To obtain copy of the current financial statement, please write to AID, P.O. Box 'F', College Park, MD 20741-3005. Documents and information pertaining to AID can be obtained from the Secretary of State for the cost of copies and postage.

AID and Disaster Relief: AID has significant experience in relief and rehabilitation efforts, including the 1999 super-cyclone in Orissa, floods in West-Bengal and ongoing Tsunami relief and rehabilitation in Tamil Nadu. AID also supported similar efforts in Gujarat after the 2001 earthquake and the communal carnage of 2002 in the state.

AID also launched a similar relief and rehabilitation effort for flood victims in Assam and Bihar in 2004. With the support of generous contributions in times of critical need, AID has disbursed over $1.5 million in relief and rehabilitation efforts in the past 5 years.
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