KidCare International to Aid in Tsunami Disaster Relief

Claremont, California; On January 3, a team from KidCare International left for Colombo, Sri Lanka with donations for water, food, and hygiene supplies in response to the tsunami disaster in South East Asia. The team was comprised of KidCare founder Larry Kapchinsky, Kelvin Moore from San Antonio Hospital in Upland, CA, and KidCare board member, Regan Schmalz. KidCare International is a Not-for-Profit humanitarian relief organization based in Claremont, California. On December 26 an earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0 triggered huge waves of water wiping out villages and towns along a broad stretch of coastland near the Indian Ocean. The quake struck about 7 a.m. Sunday (midnight GMT Saturday), according to the US Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Center. In Sri Lanka, 1,000 miles west of the epicenter, an estimated 1 million people were forced from their homes and are housed in 789 relief centers. The Sri Lankan government cautioned that the island’s current death toll of 30,196 was not likely to be the final figure. There are areas where huge rubble piles are yet to be removed, mainly in the east, the worst affected. Sri Lankan friends of KidCare International who presently live in Claremont, California still have family and friends in Colombo, Sri Lanka who have been affected by the tsunami’s team firsthand insight in how to best respond to orphans, suffering children, and their families. KidCare International has a specific Tsunami Relief Fund solely directed to help children and their families affected by the tsunami.