This is a copy of an email I sent to my friends. I think you are my friends too.
To my friends, I love and miss you a lot. I know a lot of you are on Third World salaries like me, but if you can forward this to your family and friends I would appreciate it. I’ve asked people to wait before donating because I wanted to make sure that the money was helping the people in need. Now I feel that it is.
I am now asking you to donate to Sarvodaya.org. Sarvodaya is well known in Sri Lanka and abroad for its 50 years of work to alleviate poverty, promote peace, and relieve suffering. I trust Sarvodaya. My family trusts Sarvodaya.
I sleep in the Sarvodaya hostel. Yesterday I worked all night organizing online payments to Sarvodaya.org. When you donate I see the money come into our bank account. When the money is spent I see where it goes. In the last 12 hours we have collected over 50,000 USD. I see that it is saving lives.
That money buries the over 30,000 dead. It gives clean water, food, medicine, and shelter to the 1 million refugees. Sarvodaya has stations in 34 Sri Lankan cities, including the most heavily damaged. The distribution network is good, and most importantly the people are honest and kind.
I am asking you to donate money here because Sarvodaya will use the money wisely. I also ask because you can hold me personally accountable. I am working full-time so that you can see the results of your donations over the Net. My blog is updated as much as I can and we have a team rebuilding Sarvodaya.org for this crisis. I believe in Sarvodaya and I believe in Sri Lanka. I believe in your prayers and thoughts. I believe that money donated here will be well spent.
I also ask that you consider distributing your donations to other countries as well. I cannot vouch for any particular organizations, but we are all the same at times like these. Actually, I think that we are all in this life together, but we only see it now.
I wish I had something better to say but I am tired and crying. Thank you, and all my love,
Sarvodaya means Awakening.