From a friend (emphasis mine):
Some 42 hours ago, tragedy struck Pakistan in the most horrific proportions we have seen in our country’s history. An earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale has led to widespread destruction, with over 18,000 feared dead and a much higher number injured and homeless. We are all scrambling to figure out how we can best respond to the dire situation.
If you would like to help, please consider making a donation through the Earthquake Relief page at www.DevelopPakistan.org. This is being run by a non-profit called ADP (Association for the Development of Pakistan) that I have worked with quite actively. The site allows you to donate to Edhi Foundation and the President’s Earthquake Relief Fund, two agencies that are uniquely qualified to mount the kind of large-scale response that is needed and don’t currently have the ability to collect funds online. All donations via the web site are deductible for US tax purposes. There is also information on how to contribute to other NGOs engaged in relief efforts. Over the course of the coming days, we will add more information on how we can all respond to this catastrophe within our communities.
Run by Abdul Sattar Edhi, one of the most respected philanthropists in Pakistam, Edhi Foundation has a long history of providing welfare services and emergency relief throughout Pakistan. Mr. Edhi is personally directing relief efforts from Islamabad right now, and has told ADP that their helicopters have already begun airlifting supplies and medicines to the affected areas.
President’s Relief Fund
Given the scale of the disaster and the remoteness of the affected areas, the government is uniquely positioned to provide immediate relief. President Musharraf has set up a fund dedicated to earthquake relief and has encouraged people to contribute to the effort. He has also guaranteed complete transparency and accountability in the use of funds.