Tuesday, February 16, 2010

US Embassy Tashkent Raises Funds for FSN Relief

The US Embassy in Uzbekistan announced that its embassy community came out in large numbers on February 5, to raise money for the families of employees of the Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in the wake of the January 12 earthquake. Excerpt from the announcement:

Six Haitian employees of the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, along with one American officer, died in the earthquake, and many more were injured and suffered personal losses.

To help their colleagues in Haiti, about 200 people from the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent purchased tickets for Friday’s fundraiser. People donated food, drinks, and prizes for raffle drawings. Uzbek singer Uktam Hakimov, whose wife is a language instructor at the Embassy, sang several songs; American Buffalo Big Mountain performed a show in which he demonstrates use of a whip; and several couples performed Latin dancing.

By the end of the evening, the event had raised about $2,250 to be sent to the Foreign Service Nationals Emergency Relief Fund, which is providing assistance to the families of Haitians working in all U.S. agencies operating at the Embassy in Port-au-Prince. This is in addition to the individual donations that Embassy workers have been making to various relief organizations.

Read the whole thing here.


A Daring Adventure said...

That's so very touching!

You always pick up such great stories that I would never hear about elsewhere.

diplopundit said...

A Daring Adventure - thanks! Glad you appreciate it. Sometimes I get tips, sometimes, I just get lucky.