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Hi all,

My thread for the Fandom Aid is here: http://fandomaid.livejournal.com/52858.html?thread=759674#t759674 Feel free to bid for fic from me. Donations will go towards supporting people affected by Hurricane Sandy in the US.

http://fandomaid.livejournal.com/profile Fandom Aid is a fandom community supporting people worldwide affected by natural disasters. Please feel free to donate. If you don't have any money, then boosting the signal will help trememdously. Every bit of support *really* counts. Thank you all so much. :)
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'Half the Sky' (by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn) is THE best book I have read. For the first time in a long time. It shook me up and gave me hope that there are ways that we can help women around the world. We can't change everything about the world, but we can all achieve huge things working together with one another. Half the Sky shows how empowering women is the solution to fighting poverty, war, and extremism.

You can buy it here and at Australian bookstores: http://www.halftheskymovement.org/

Here are websites of organisations who support women in struggling nations. Learn how you can join them in helping women around the world: http://www.halftheskymovement.org/get-involved

Education is the key to ending poverty and human rights violations around the world.


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Hello everyone,

 I am offering ficlets in exchange for donations at  help_japan.

My thread is here: http://community.livejournal.com/help_japan/2978.html?thread=2171554#t2171554
I'm offering to write for obscure fandoms (like Symbionic Titan) and also well known ones, too.

ETA: The winter_queen email address listed in the thread is my alternate one (my hotmail address with my actual name is only given to a few work colleagues, really close friends and family to protect my privacy). You can either message or email me if you're interested in donating for my fic. Thank you!

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Hello everybody,

I am sure that many of you have heard of the natural disasters that have ravaged Japan. An 8.9 magnitude earthquake smashed the Pacific Ocean near Northeastern Japan on March 11 (JST), causing blackouts, fire and tsunami.

At least 500 people have been confirmed dead, and the death toll is expected to rise. More than 700 people are missing, and countless numbers are homeless, and injured. This is a horrifying disaster, and it is so heartbreaking to see this happening. Our hearts go out to all the people in Japan. They need all the help they can get. You can help out in various ways and use these resources to find loved ones here:
The link below has fantastic resources for people affected by the Japanese earthquake, fires and tsunami. It contains links to a person finder (in different languages) for anyone searching for their loved ones. You can use it to search and use maps, disaster message boards, warnings and advisories. Please feel more than free to use the transportation status of different places, blackout information, and real time updates in the link below.


The CNE link below has resources on the Japanese earthquake, including several donation pages. There are links to homeless shelters. Family and friends can try finding their loved ones through messageboards and mobile phones here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-20042081-17.html

The Japanese government has some amazing links with updates and guides here: http://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/kikikanri/jisin/20110311miyagi/index.html

Head to the lj community help_japan here, to get in on the action and help out. Bidding on the auctions will start soon, and you can get updates here:



We can't afford to lose time. The people of Japan need our aid urgently, and they need it now. Thank you so much to all of the wonderful people who choose to help. 

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At least 145 people have died from the Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand, and many people have been injured on gone missing. This is absolutely heartbreaking and devastating news. Please pitch in to help in some way. Every bit helps, so don't worry about not being able to contribute anything. Below is some information on what you can do to help, and where to find support if you're living in areas affected by the earthquake:

In Australia, you can donate to NZ Earthquake survivors at your local Woolworths supermarket.

Offer or look for help for the NZ earthquake by visiting the TradeMe website here (for emergency accommodation, Lost and Found pets, transport, volunteers) :


  • Australian government helpline from New Zealand: +61 2 6261 3305
  • Ausralian government helpline from Australia: 1300 555 135

Emergency assistance number: 0800 779 997
For local emergencies, call: 111
For missing people: Google Person Finder or 0800 733 276


Use the Christchurh Recovery map to identify hazards, evacuaion zones and government agencies:
From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10708187:


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TV and radio transmission interruptions are occurring. Reliable broadcasts are available on short wave radio: day 9710kHz, and night 6080kHz or listen live below http://www.abc.net.au/emergency/cyclone/yasi/

The SES advises that you should not drive through flood waters, or allow children to play in or near flood water. If you're worried about friends or family in the cyclone area, ring the National Registration and Inquiry System (NRIS) number, 1300 993 191 rather than contacting local police stations. International enquiries for the NRIS can be made at + 61 7 3055 6220.

Go to the Queensland Police Service's Facebook page for advice on preparing for a cyclone and what you must do during and before evacuation.

It also has evacuation maps, website links (on ABC News, road conditions and local disaster information):

Cyclone Preparation
For important advice and safety tips on preparing for a cyclone, please read EMQ’s “Preparing for Cyclones” pamphlet at http://www.emergency.qld.gov.au/emq/css/pdf/English_Cyclone%20Book_11oct07.pdf

Queensland Government State Disaster Management Group
For up to date information on disaster preparation and recovery, visit

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Hello everyone,

Enormous floods have swept through South East Queensland, including Ipswich, Caboolture and Brisbane during 11-13 January 2011. At least 30 people have died, and the death toll is predicted to rise. At least 60 people are still missing. Here is what you can do to help:

[info]waltzmatildah (fanfiction auctions) and [info]owemebreakfast are fundraising, to help Australians recover from those floods.

You can donate to the Queensland flood replief appeal,register to volunteer and receive the latest news and updates here: 
http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html You can donate in person, over the phone, online, or internationally.

Find out about government support for families, individuals, small businesses, and local producers here:

Learn about danger zones, road closures and re-openings here: http://highload.131940.qld.gov.au/

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If there are any Queenslanders reading this, I want you to know that our hearts go out towards you. Stay strong and safe. You will make it through this.

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Hi everyone,

Call for Pakistan's debt to other countries to be dropped, so that much more foreign aid reaches the people whose way of life was destroyed by the floods. Thank you. Sign the petition here:

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Hello there everyone,

Please help out moonstone_fae and her family by donating whatever you can. She and her family lost everything in a  flood - furniture, electrical appliances, various clothes, toiletries, food. It's a bad place to be, but donating money, toiletries, food, furniture will help lift moonstone_fae and her family out of trouble. Sadly, her family can't get government assistance as they're not a military family. So help is desperately needed - and she'll appreciate it so much!

Thank you so much if you do donate or raise awareness!





My family lives just north of Memphis, TN in the military town of Millington.  We are not military - I say this because those people are getting government assistance.  Our house was under nearly 5 1/2 feet of water.  We lost it all:  new couch, bedroom suite, TV, computers.  You name it, we lost it.  I've been trying to find the light in the situation.  I'm trying to remember that from bad comes good. 

Normally I am a giver.  I've given away over 8,500 items in the past 2 years.  I always adopt a family for christmas & go all out.  I am always giving so I don't know how to accept help.  It's hard to remember that even my gracious thank you is enough for most people. 

It was suggested that I post here & share the link.  

This is the original post of things we're missing.  However, please note that we lost it all so anything is greatly appreciated.  Things I may not be able to use can be shared with my neighbors or to our local Freecycle site. 

Thank you for considering us worthy.  We are humbled beyond belief.

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A quake in Tibet has killed thousands of people and destroyed so many homes. People's lives have been uprooted in an instant. Donate here: http://tibetanvillageproject.org/

The Tibetan Village Project is doing marvellous work in rebuilding Tibet. They teach Tibetans how to fish and run their own businesses. TVP also helps Tibetan earthquake survivors stand on theri own feet by teaching them other job skills. Here is information on what they do from the above website: 

TVP's rural educational program focuses on Tibetan language preservation and literacy. When you make a donation, it enables us to support about ten schools with 1200 students through stipends, tuition, food, warm blankets and clothing, textbooks, and school supplies. TVP also teaches visitors how to protect and respect Tibet's environment.It also raises awareness of Tibetan culture through photo exhibits, presentations and cultural events.Most rural Tibetans still face enormous challenges in healthcare. Many find it nearly impossible to access healthcare and can't afford to pay for it. TVP provides medical supplies, equipment, stipends, frequent training opportunities for healthcare workers.

There are almost four thousand dead. Even more thousands have been severly injured. Please help assist survivors, no matter where their political loyalties lie.

Please consider donating or reposting. Thank you so much if you do. This is so terrible and heartbreaking.

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Hi everyone,

Please sign the petition below to protect people displaced by Hurricane Katrina. 5 years have passed, and these survivors are left vulnerable to human rights abuses. They're still homeless. 


Calling for a reform of the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Act (a Federal disaster law) will help Hurricane Katrina survivors to return to their homes. Feel free to read the text from the Amnesty website below to learn more.

The poor response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita demonstrated that America needs to develop a robust, strategic plan for initial disaster response and long term disaster recovery. Almost 5 years later, the U.S. government still fails to adequately protect the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Senator Mary Landrieu has pledged her commitment to reform federal disaster laws such as the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Act, but has yet to introduce legislation. Reform of the Stafford Act will ensure both that the Gulf Coast is rebuilt and that the human rights of people displaced by future disasters will be protected.


International human rights standards protect victims of disasters like Hurricane Katrina. Amnesty International USA calls upon authorities in the local, state and federal government to uphold the rights of all Katrina evacuees to return to their homes. We urge officials to provide long-term, healthy, and affordable housing so that survivors can exercise their right to return, by introducing legislation to reform the Stafford Act today.


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