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Cyclone Sidr devastates Bangladesh

The impact of Cyclone Sidr on Bangladesh has been enormous. Over 3,500 people have been killed, tens of thousands are still missing, and millions have been left homeless. Crops have been devastated and livestock destroyed. The bulk of the devastation has been in the southern coastal region-including the vast delta of the Ganga and Brahmaputra rivers-where more than 40 million people live.

Grassroots International currently does not work in South Asia but our Staff, Board and supporters recognize that besides the widespread devastation and the impact on peoples in the region, groups engaged in ongoing struggles for social and economic justice are also affected.

Grassroots International donors and colleagues who wish to directly support progressive groups working in the region can do so through the Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA or Bangladesh Environmental Movement). BAPA works closely with the U.S. based Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN), a 501 c 3 organization that can receive checks for donations that are tax deductible. BEN is a network of progressive Bangladeshi-American activists and academics.

To make a donation go to:

http://www.ben-center.org/climateChange/SIDR_Appeal.htm

Grassroots has not funded or vetted these groups so donors must use their own discretion.


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