December 30, 2004

Reach out, Touch faith

  • PhotoGroup that gathers help, aid and hands for the Tsunami disaster in Asia
  • Tsunami Aftermath from the blog. It gathers many links to photos, information and group for help.
  • Tsunami Missing Persons group
  • SE Asia Tsunami help blog itself.
  • NEW contributions of information welcome)

    I wanted to post here this image to finish the year with it as a reminder of what is happenning in the world right now, to help us reflect and put things in perspective. And also I wanted to post this to begin the new year with an image of will to help, will to love and will to support.

    My hand is small, I am home, far away, no money to donate... geez I am filled with helplessness. However, even in this situation there is something I can do: show my care about what is happenning, point other people where they can help, suppport with an image and my words... Spread the message, enlarge the chain.

    The spirit of this community is based in this simple principle: No matter how big or small you contribution is: We need you. The importance of each of our actions and interactions always impact the whole. The principle of synchronicity, of "at-one-ness"... the chain effect.

    Have a happy new year, wish you the best, whatever this means to each of you, and let us all pray and hope things to get better for our brothers in Asia.

  • 7 Comments: (go down to newest )

  • Blogger OldCola ::


    7:42 PM  


  • Blogger Gisela Giardino ::

  • =D Thank you!

    Here is another link: Tsunami Aftermath from the blog. It gathers many links to photos, information and group for help. Take note on the link to the group: Tsunami Missing Persons and the SE Asia help blog itself.

    8:50 PM  


  • Blogger epp ::

  • Dear people,

    Those of you who know Kasimir would be interested in the following bit of information.

    I was shocked when I heard about this terrible (and ongoing) tragedy. Seconds later, an aftershock: I remembered that Kasimir had told me that he and his woman would be in Thailand just about around this time.

    Fortunately, I soon received the following e-mail message from Kasimir:

    "Dear Epp,

    Just quick note, as I think I told you I´m coming here.

    I´m ok, my friends too. I wasn´t even near the wave.
    Now a couple days more here, helping people, giving blood etc.


    I am sure that Kasimir will not mind if I share this message with everyone. I have not heard from him since so I am assuming that he is otherwise and neccessarily occupied... I really have no conception what "helping" in such an immediate sense might mean - it is an emergency response situation and I am sure that the situation involves constant adaptation to circumstances. In any case, hopefully he is OK still.

    I am sending out a gigantic blast of love and energy to all those who are suffering and need comforting (each and every individual survivor needs to know that someone is looking out for their welfare - "I am here") ... and also a big blast of love and energy to the people who are there helping out so that they would not find it all too overwhelming...

    Lets do our all to help these people, our brothers and sisters, to get their feet back on the ground!

    10:59 PM  


  • Blogger Gisela Giardino ::

  • Letter from Malaysia

    "----- Original Message -----
    From: "Jeremy Selvanayagam"
    To: "Gisela Giardino"
    Sent: Saturday, January 01, 2005 6:46 PM
    Subject: hi gisela

    Hi So Sorry for not getting back to you sooner
    I am helping with the tsunami relief work distributing food and supplies.
    It's really crazy ... the Tsunami hit the beach near my house. 5
    minutes walking distance from my house. Some girl friends from Norway
    visiting and I went to town that day by bus and we saw the boat thrown
    from sea onto the road real us. Another friend was almost hit by
    another boat. Today we went to check on the villages and the
    volunteers were helping to put sad to cover all the mud from the sea
    so that later they can tear down the houses to build new houses in
    that area.
    My father's uncle was killed by the tsunami in Sri Lanka. His
    helper's daughters were also killed. He was 82 years old and the
    helpers family were all teenagers. Everything is destroyed. Is so
    Some organizations are working with me now like the US Geological
    Survey (USGS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
    and many other are helping me put together statistics and info
    together to help people. - all the latest info and
    statistics are here.

    Pls help us tell as many friends and people as you can by email about
    the link. if you can add it to your websites it will help too. We
    need all the help now.

    Tomorrow we are providing 6 vans and drivers to take a team to another
    badly hit town to help give food, school shoes and uniforms to school
    children, and many other supplies.

    I gotta run. Take care Gisela.

    With Regards

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    11:27 PM  


  • Blogger Gisela Giardino ::

  • "On the turning away
    From the pale and downtrodden
    And the words they say
    Which we won’t understand
    Don’t accept that what’s happening
    Is just a case of others’ suffering
    Or you’ll find that you’re joining in
    The turning away

    It’s a sin that somehow
    Light is changing to shadow
    And casting it’s shroud
    Over all we have known
    Unaware how the ranks have grown
    Driven on by a heart of stone
    We could find that we’re all alone
    In the dream of the proud

    On the wings of the night
    As the daytime is stirring
    Where the speechless unite
    In a silent accord
    Using words you will find are strange
    And mesmerized as they light the flame
    Feel the new wind of change
    On the wings of the night

    No more turning away
    From the weak and the weary
    No more turning away
    From the coldness inside
    Just a world that we all must share
    It’s not enough just to stand and stare
    Is it only a dream that there’ll be
    No more turning away?"

    "On the turning away" .mp3by Pink Floyd in "A momentary Lapse of Reason"
    Right click link, "save as" option to download song, 8MB.

    4:59 AM  


  • Blogger Gisela Giardino ::

  • The link to the song is broken... here it is ok.

    7:58 PM  


  • Blogger Gisela Giardino ::

  • Chris (czarandom) and I have been on a brief email conversation triggered by this post about the Tsunami catastrophe. His thoughts sounded very enlightnening to me and true. So I asked him to post the exchange in case you want to give your opinion as well. Here it goes:

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "czar"
    To: "Gisela Giardino"
    Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2005 4:06 AM
    Subject: Re: [Eclectic Thinkers] 1/2/2005 04:59:45 AM

    It's funny, as I was reading this, the song Tsunami by Sven Van Hees... It makes the point that nobody ever had to remind cavemen that they were alive, they had to kill for their food or die. For us, it takes a natural massacre.

    Are you alive?


    On Sun, 2 Jan 2005 15:11:35 -0300, Gisela Giardino wrote:

    Your reflection is impressive. Simple and stunning like all wise thoughts are.

    I am alive... and if all this pisses me off somehow is because of this you mention:

    It seems like people need to witness/live something of this measure to reflect... to realize...

    Until the next-hour show on TV will fortunately distract us with some naked women, flashing lights and music to leave us deaf and blind...

    ...back again.

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "czar"
    To: "Gisela Giardino"
    Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2005 6:14 PM
    Subject: Re: [Eclectic Thinkers] 1/2/2005 04:59:45 AM

    Thank you Gi.

    It seems as if nature imposes on us a special kind of humility that we couldn't otherwise earn despite our best efforts. It every so often demands of us an abrupt reality check: death. In experiencing a rarefied version of this ineffable force of organization we call life, that is, self awareness, we seem to forget that we are all made of stars whether by means of media, profession, religion, or simple delusion, we lose touch with our larger identity as living things.

    It's thoughts like this that allow me to be thankful for the way I am all too often brought to my knees before my nature. Funny huh?

    In other words, I think I'm alive too ;Þ

    4:12 AM  


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