Osama Bin Javed is another restless soul like Ejaz Asi, I have written about in my previous posts, who did not wait long to hear from relief agencies and just spear headed the relief work on his own. The volunteer organizations do have a long process but that is to ensure not only the safety of the volunteer but also the safety of those for whom these people will work for. On the other hand I totally agree that there should be a procedure to let the volunteers through in shortest possible time. I have three people from US who want to go to Pakistan as volunteers and I don't know where to send them. One of them is a Journalism and want to bring stories so that he can help raise funding for reconstruction and long term needs of survivors by writing documentaries.
CNN.com - Volunteer sets out on mission to quake zone - Nov 6, 2005: "'Unfortunately, we're unable to assist you with your request.' This is the response Osama Bin Javaid, a 27-year-old London-based Pakistani, said he received from every aid agency he contacted. One of a growing number of people frustrated at having to wait in line to help with earthquake relief in Pakistan, Bin Javaid decided to take matters in to his own hands. 'Whoever I could find who was doing anything, I contacted,' Bin Javaid said. 'It was a bit frustrating to go through all that red tape and bureaucracy ... There should be a simpler process if somebody wants to participate [and] somebody wants to volunteer.
After a few weeks of feverish fundraising and recruiting -- including two friends from Karachi, both doctors -- he set out on October 23 for the remote Neelam Valley in Azad Kashmir, approximately 75 miles from Muzaffarabad, to open a free clinic."