Sidr – what you can do
If you’re in Bangladesh, you may remit cash directly to the following account:
Chief Adviser’s Relief and Welfare Fund, Current Account No. 33004093, Sonali Bank, Prime Minister’s Office Branch, Tejgaon, Dhaka, Bangladesh. SWIFT Code : BSONBDDH
Ref: Chief Advisor’s Office Website (http://www.cao.gov.bd/rwfund07/rw_fund.html)
If you’re in Australia, please remit to:
Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra
Account Name: Relief Fund
Account Number: 032729 199161
Bank: Westpac Banking Corporation
Branch: Manuka, ACTRef: Press release on flood relief (www.bangladoot-canberra.org/PR_HighComm_ReliefFund.pdf)Those living in Canada and wish to help, please send bank/postal draft, cheque to be drawn on any of the following bank account:Prime Minister’s Relief Fund,
Account No. 00236-5077441,
Royal Bank of Canada,
99 Bank Street, Ottawa, Canada,
C/O – Bangladesh High Commission, Ottawa.
SWIFT Code : ROYCATT2.If you are sending bank/postal draft, cheque etc, you may also send it to Bangladesh High Commission in Ottawa (275 Bank street, Suite-302, Ottawa, ON K2P 2L6) for deposit with the account.Please also note that at the special request of the High Commission, some money exchanges/remitting agencies owned by Bangladeshi expatriates in Toronto and Montreal have agreed to remit money to any of the above relief funds free of charges or commissions.Ref: Bangladeshi HC in Canada (http://www.bdhc.org/new.htm)
Individuals or organizations in the United States desiring to make donations may send their contributions directly to the Chief Adviser’s Relief Fund in the following address.
Chief Adviser’s Relief and Welfare Fund
Current Account No. 33004093
SWIFT Code: BSONBDDH
Sonali Bank, Prime Minister’s Office Branch
Tejgaon, Dhaka. Individuals or organisation may also send the donation to the relief fund by money transfer agencies. If the donations are sent through the Sonali Exchange Co, USA, no additional fees for transfer will be required. In that case, the amount should be directly paid in cash or through cheque (payable) to Sonali Exchange Co Inc USA. (Please mention ‘For Chief Adviser’s Relief and Welfare Fund’ in the space for ‘Memo’) The Sonali Exchange will send the money to the Chief Adviser’s Relief and Welfare Fund within the next business day and will issue a confirmation receipt in favor of the donor. ‘Placid Express’ has also announced that donation to the ‘Chief Adviser’s Relief and Welfare Fund’ can be remitted without any transfer fee.For any clarification on the procedure, please contact Bangladesh Consulate General in New York directly or speak to Mr. Salahuddin Noman Chowdhury, Consul at 1-212-599-6767 ext 15/10/21 or 212-687-5368.
Ref: Bangladesh Consulate, New York (www.bdcgny.org/archive/instructions_flood_donations.html).
Here is a list of other organizations that are organising relief.
The International Federation of the Red Cross: (You can select Cyclone SIDR)
Islamic Relief: http://www.islamic-relief.com/submenu/Appeal/ban-cyclone-appeal.aspBangladesh Cyclone Appeal – World Vision UK: (You can select Cyclone SIDR)
Tel: 0800 088 088
Save the Children:
British Red Cross:
Catholic Relief Services: https://secure2.convio.net/crs/site/Donation?ACTION=SHOW_DONATION_OPTIONS&CAMPAIGN_ID=2402
Please contact your local community organisations as they are likely to have started a relief campaign already.
The Government of Bangladesh would prefer receiving food grains, water purification tablets, water purification units for the rehabilitation works. In the coming months, Bangladesh is likely to face severe food shortages. Please lobby your governments for food relief.
And please pass this information on.