Campus News

ISLE Program Establishes Disaster Relief Fund

Story posted January 05, 2005

As previously reported, all students, staff, and faculty associated with the Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education Program (ISLE) are safe and accounted for following the devastating Indian Ocean tsunamis on December 26, 2004.

The director of the ISLE Program, Bowdoin Lecturer in Asian Studies Sree Padma Holt, and her husband, John C. Holt, Bowdoin's William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities in Religion and Asian Studies, are now in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Updated information from them, as well as from others affiliated with ISLE who were in the area at the time of the disaster, will be posted on Campus News as it becomes available.

In the meantime, the ISLE Program has established a disaster relief fund. Sree Padma Holt is accessing the situation to ascertain how the funds will best be distributed. Every cent collected will be used for relief efforts in Sri Lanka, and the ISLE Program will match at least the first $5,000 in contributions made from the Program's alumni.

Checks, made out to "Bowdoin College ISLE Program," can be sent to:

ISLE Program
4400 College Station
Bowdoin College
Brunswick, ME 04011

"Sri Lanka disaster relief" should be written on the check's memo line.

Because ISLE is NOT a non-profit charitable organization, contributions are not tax deductible.

Among the larger organizations working on disaster relief throughout Asia and in Sri Lanka are:

Doctors Without Borders
Oxfam
American Red Cross
UNICEF

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