We were struggling in the water and trying to attract attention by waving and shouting. Passersby were a mere few meters away. They paid scant attention or misinterpreted our actions and were left to fend for ourselves. My son put his arm around me and we started sinking. Both of us drank plenty of water. My son calmed down somewhat remembering the coaching that he has
. I managed to detach myself from him and then started pushing him by his armpit to side of the pool. With his elbows securely on the solid tiles, he clasped his hands together and uttered these words, “Thank you God!”
The Star reported yesterday that MERCY disbursed RM2,000,000 for direct on the ground expenses in
. Half were spent on relief work while the other half on education for affected children. The operational costs came up to RM33,000 (less than 2% of the total). They must be managing the funds very well. It is not unusual that 30% or more of the donations goes into non-direct costs like operations and administration. Myanmar
The Cuban Medical Centre in Yogyakarta helping earthquake (27 May '06) victims.
A look at the list of expenses from the table provided by MERCY will indicate that it is involved very much in relief and recovery operations rather than rescue. Rescue is a much more technical exercise and generally only government funded departments can maintained and trained such teams.
Earthquake in Yogjakarta in May 2006 - 6,000 died and about 200,000 houses damaged or destroyed
After the rescue, recovery, relief and education it will be followed closely by reconstruction and rebuilding esp. repairing and building new houses. Other programs like donations, micro-credit and micro-enterprise will try to get the populace back to their feet. MERCY has another RM2 mil to disbursed. This will most likely be allocated for rebuilding homes, lives and livelihood. It may take up to 1 -2 years.