WHAT CAUSE CAN POSSIBLY BE SO IMPORTANT?

The Answer is simple! We want to help people and change the world for the better. Between diseases, poverty, war, natural disasters, and more, this world is at a breaking point. If something isn’t done, who knows what our world will look like in twenty years. What kind of world do you want YOUR future generations to live in?

Our Current Foremost Focus – Closing A Critical Gap

While there are many, many well-meaning organizations around the world that are focused on various causes, from medical care for 3rd world countries to homelessness, we have noticed that there seems to be one glaring gap: There is NO DEDICATED FUND FOR INTERNATIONAL DISASTER RELIEF!

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Many hardworking organizations, such as the Red Cross, have a broader scope, addressing a variety of humanitarian needs. As a result, these organizations can get spread very thin. To make matters worse, the media tends to focus only on the events that bring ratings. Even if thousands are dying in one country due to a horrendous natural disaster, the attention of the world can be quickly distracted toward a more recent and perhaps more “exciting” news event, such as the birth of a celebrity couple’s child or a bombing injuring dozens in a quiet town. All too often, the victims of natural disasters get forgotten about. Funding and attention lightens as the public view gets more calloused, less emotional, and concerned about other matters. Meanwhile, people continue to suffer, even when the limelight is no longer on their needs.

Following a disaster, immediate access to emergency funding is critical in order to care for the hundreds or thousands affected. Even though many governments and organizations may try to be prepared for these disasters, emergency funding is not usually specifically earmarked ahead of time for such events. Often they have to rely on some type of fundraising activity to generate additional funding, and this can sometimes take weeks to happen.change

If you just look at the cost of some of the damages caused by these recent natural disasters around the world you will completely understand why Avazoo Worldwide has decided, for each Billion Dollar Raffle prize drawing, to allocate 20% of the secured, third-party escrow account to be donated to a Disaster Relief Fund.

One’s Suffering Should Never Go Forgotten

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We see it happen all too often: The world becomes aware of a natural disaster in one part of the world, as the media covers the story fervently, tugging at everyone’s heart strings, impelling many to help these ones in need, at least until…

A Better Story Comes Along

Just as quickly as the well-meaning jump in to help during a crisis, many are just as quickly distracted by the next new story the media has chosen to now cover. It seems that, once the initial shock of a catastrophe has worn off, the world is apt to turn its attention elsewhere. Whether it be a celebrity breakup, a political scandal, or even another catastrophic event, victims of a recent event may soon find themselves forgotten.

Child_charityOur aim is to see to it that those in need receive all the help they need, long after the general public has moved on. We and our loved ones are all eventually affected by terrible events, either directly or indirectly. When that day comes, will you get the help you need? Our mission is to make sure that no one is forgotten.

The funds raised through the purchase of memberships in the Billion Dollar Raffle and donated to a perpetual Disaster Relief Fund trust for management will generate a substantial funding source for natural disasters

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22 million peoplewere displaced by natural disasters in 2013, according to a UN-backed report. Together with the 8.2 million people who were newly displaced by violent conflicts the same year, a total of 30 million people were forced to flee their homes at least temporarily in 2013.

Tragically, developing countries were hit hardest by natural disasters in 2013, accounting for 85% of displacements. In the Philippines, the worst-affected country in 2013, typhoon Haiyan alone displaced more than 4 million people, making it, by far, the worst event that year in terms of displacement.

Here Are Some of Many Recent Natural Disasters

There are many natural disasters each year, and we can’t list them all here… but even if they are not currently in the news, the victims still need help recovering. Would you like to help us bring relief to one of these many areas?

Earthquakes, 2015 – Nepal

The country of Nepal was devastated by two massive earthquakes within weeks of each other. Thousands were killed, countless others lost their homes and loved ones. The first earthquake alone killed more than 8,800 people and injured more than 23,000. It was the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal-Bihar earthquake.

Typhoon Haiyan, 2013 – Philippines

Considered one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall, Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Typhoon Yolanda) tore through central Philippines on November 8, 2013, killing nearly 6,000 people and displacing more than 3.6 million. The 13-foot storm surge and up to 235-mph wind gusts largely wiped out coastal cities and destroyed much of the region’s infrastructure, such as roads, water and sanitation systems, and telecommunications lines.

Multiple Disasters, 2013 – China

China is one of the countries most affected by natural disasters, affecting more than 200 million people every year. It had 5 of the world’s top 10 deadliest natural disasters; the top 3 occurred in China: the 1931 China floods, death toll 3 million to 4 million, the 1887 Yellow River flood, death toll 0.9 million to 2 million, and the 1556 Shaanxi earthquake, death toll 0.83 million.

Droughts, deluge, earthquakes, and typhoons cost China about $70 billion in 2013, nearly twice the total in 2012. The National Statistics Bureau reported flooding and mudslides cost China about $32 billion in 2013, an increase of nearly 11% from the previous year. Damage from droughts nearly quadrupled to about $15 billion, while storm surges, snowfall and freezes cost an additional $7 billion. Seismic disasters, primarily the deadly Sichuan Earthquake, added more than $16 billion to the total.

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Earthquake, 2013 – Central Visayas, Philippines

Just three weeks before Typhoon Haiyan hit Central Visayas, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake rocked the same region, killing 222 people, displacing 350,000, and damaging or destroying about 73,000 buildings. Thousands of displaced or homeless quake survivors still had not found adequate shelter before Haiyan blew through.

Flood, 2013 – Uttarakhand, India

In June 2013, a multi-day cloudburst centered on the North Indian state of Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides in the country’s worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami. Though some parts of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in India experienced the flood, some regions of Western Nepal, and some parts of Western Tibet also experienced heavy rainfall, over 95% of the casualties occurred in Uttarakhand. As of July 16, 2013, according to figures provided by the Uttarakhand government, more than 5,700 people were “presumed dead”. This total included 934 local residents.

Destruction of bridges and roads left about 100,000 pilgrims and tourists trapped in the valleys leading to three of the four Hindu Chota Char Dham pilgrimage sites. The Indian Air Force, the Indian Army, and paramilitary troops evacuated more than 110,000 people from the flood ravaged area.

Hurricane Sandy, 2012 – Caribbean, United States, Canada

Hurricane Sandy, a late-season post-tropical storm, swept through the Caribbean and up the East Coast of the United States in late October 2012. The death toll from Sandy as of Nov. 1 was at least 149. The confirmed deaths include 42 in New York; 12 in New Jersey; nine in Maryland; six in Pennsylvania; five in West Virginia; four in Connecticut; two in Virginia; and one in North Carolina. One person died in Canada, and at least 67 people were killed in the Caribbean, including 54 in Haiti. Sandy will end up causing at least $20 billion in property damage and $10 billion to $30 billion more in lost business, making it one of the costliest natural disasters on record in the United States, according to IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm. The New York City mayor’s office in late November estimated total losses to the city to be $19 billion and asked the federal government for $9.8 billion in aid for costs not covered by insurance or FEMA.

Earthquake and Tsunami, 2011 – Tohoku, Japan

This natural disaster took place in 2011 and some may know it as the Great East Japan Earthquake, the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, or the 3.11 Earthquake. It measured a 9.0 magnitude and it’s the 5th most powerful earthquake in history. And since a problem never comes alone, the Tohoku earthquake triggered tsunami waves with 133 feet (40.5 meters) height in Miyako. Statistics are: 15.883 deaths, 6.150 injured, 2.643 people missing, 129.225 totally collapsed buildings, 254.204 half collapsed buildings and 691.766 buildings partially damaged. Total damage cost is $235 billion; this is the most expensive natural disaster in the world.