Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar last weekend devastating five regions. Channel NewsAsia reported that more than 22,000 people are dead with another 41,000 missing. Hundreds of thousands are now homeless. The media reports are horrific. "Witnesses described images of rice field littered with corpses." Save the Children, one of the few relief agencies allowed to operate in-country, said the toll would rise sharply in the coming days as more victims were found in difficult to reach areas.
The photos, videos, and blog reports are giving us vivid citizen accounts. Global Voices, South Asia Editor, Mong Palatino, offers this round up of what blogs in the region are reporting, including these eye witness accounts.
Right now, thousands upon thousands of women and children like these (above) who took shelter in a Buddhist temple need our help.
This morning, BlogHers Act and GlobalGiving expanded our Mother's Day fundraising initiative to save women's lives to include the tens of thousands of people devastated by Cyclone Nargis. Now, in addition to donating to hand-picked and carefully vetted programs to help women and children in Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Darfur, Nepal and South Africa, you can use the BlogHers Act donation widget (see below and the left-hand column on every page of BlogHer.com) to help get water and shelter to thousands of people whose lives are in danger. And we'll help!
OK, the comments are trickling in, and I really appreciate the support I'm getting so far. Unfortunately, I think I may have set my sights a bit high expecting 200 commenters a day. So....I'm going to up the ante a bit.
This month at BlogHers ACT Canada, we're going to be focusing on Greener Gardening. This month's first post zeroes in on some great web content that will provide any gardener who aims to garden in a more green manner with some great tips for getting started.
Later this month, stay tuned for:
Tues, April 29th was "REPORT IT NOW" Day in honor of Sexual Violence Against Women Advocate, Angela Shelton in conjuction with PAVE!
April is "Sexual Assault Awareness Month" and a time for Survivors to band together and Educate Men and Women about the dangers of sexual assault and domestic violence!
What is it all about?
With a bit of prompting from contributing editors Lisa Stone and Amy Gates, I've decided to start my own fund-raising challenge of sorts. Not only have I decided to get involved and make a donation, but I'm asking my readers to help.
It's been just over two weeks since Lisa Stone announced that BlogHers Act was teaming up with Global Giving to make a difference on the issue of maternal health and asked, "How many women's lives can we save with donations from the BlogHer community, between now and Mother's Day?"
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