Indonesia needs our help

I was away from news feeds and TV all weekend long so didn't hear this news, but I see the Global Voices blog and Ed Bott talking about the deep need in Indonesia due to a major earthquake that happened there.

As we prepare to go to my mom's funeral today, this is yet another way you can help improve the world. We'll donate some in my mom's name to the Red Cross.

Tonight, after the funeral in Bozeman, Montana, we'll be driving home. My mom lives just down the street from Seattle, but it's a long street! (Highway 90 goes from Bellevue, WA through Livingston, Montana — we'll spend about 12 hours on that highway driving home).

16 thoughts on “Indonesia needs our help

  1. Sorry about your mom. Sorry for the people in Indonesia also, but I’m tapped out. I have four kids to feed and cloth. I donated to Katrina, the Tsunami and local issues that aren’t news elsewhere. I can’t afford anymore for a few months. Everyone assumes Americans are rich and wipe our *** with cash, but as amazing it may seem, some of us are struggling to pay rent, put gas in our tanks and buy food.

  2. Sorry about your mom. Sorry for the people in Indonesia also, but I’m tapped out. I have four kids to feed and cloth. I donated to Katrina, the Tsunami and local issues that aren’t news elsewhere. I can’t afford anymore for a few months. Everyone assumes Americans are rich and wipe our *** with cash, but as amazing it may seem, some of us are struggling to pay rent, put gas in our tanks and buy food.

  3. I would agree with Gisli, yes corruption still exist in my country but the government has done a great deal of effort to try to minimize it.
    People in Yogyakarta desperately needed help, life casualty have reach 5.000 people and increasing as the evacuation takes place.

    Thanks Robert for caring, you have our deepest condolences.

  4. I would agree with Gisli, yes corruption still exist in my country but the government has done a great deal of effort to try to minimize it.
    People in Yogyakarta desperately needed help, life casualty have reach 5.000 people and increasing as the evacuation takes place.

    Thanks Robert for caring, you have our deepest condolences.

  5. Robert,

    I find it very great of you to think of people in other parts of the world when you are going through hard times.

    It certainly is true that people there do need help. This is a disaster that struck a poor area of Indonesia. For many of these people it will take years to rebuild.

    As someone who is heavily involved in aid efforts around the world, including the recent earthquake in Indonesia, I can definately say that what Peter says in his comment above is definately not true. Of course there is corruption (and you find it everywhere), but that is why you want to donate your money through organizations like the Red Cross which does do their work in a non-biased, non-corrupt way.

    And one should never earmark a country and say it is corrupt…there are multiple examples from the US where aid money for US disasters has disappeared.

    Anyway – Robert – our thoughts are with you. You have our deepest condolences.

    Gisli

  6. Robert,

    I find it very great of you to think of people in other parts of the world when you are going through hard times.

    It certainly is true that people there do need help. This is a disaster that struck a poor area of Indonesia. For many of these people it will take years to rebuild.

    As someone who is heavily involved in aid efforts around the world, including the recent earthquake in Indonesia, I can definately say that what Peter says in his comment above is definately not true. Of course there is corruption (and you find it everywhere), but that is why you want to donate your money through organizations like the Red Cross which does do their work in a non-biased, non-corrupt way.

    And one should never earmark a country and say it is corrupt…there are multiple examples from the US where aid money for US disasters has disappeared.

    Anyway – Robert – our thoughts are with you. You have our deepest condolences.

    Gisli

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  8. Hi, I just found you by plugging in “Microsoft Employee Blog” to Google. I’m sorry about your mom…

  9. Rob, with all due respect, sending financial aid to Indonesia is a waste. I have been involved extensively with previous aid efforts into there. By the time, one paid of the government, and the police and the military just for the privilege of bringing their people aid, it was simply not worth it. The corruption in that country is some of the worst in the world.

    The are also very “in tight” with a number of radical islamic groups”….

    Sadly, the people continue to suffer…

  10. Rob, with all due respect, sending financial aid to Indonesia is a waste. I have been involved extensively with previous aid efforts into there. By the time, one paid of the government, and the police and the military just for the privilege of bringing their people aid, it was simply not worth it. The corruption in that country is some of the worst in the world.

    The are also very “in tight” with a number of radical islamic groups”….

    Sadly, the people continue to suffer…

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