Haiti Needs Your Help

Please do what you can.

It’s the most impoverished nation in the Caribbean, and the poorest of our neighbors.
Here are a few places where you can contribute:

http://www.mercycorps.org/

http://www.ifrc.org/

http://www.shelterbox.org/index2.php

The US Air Force Special Forces have set up an air-traffic control station (in a Herky bird cockpit. Salute!), and
the airlift of aid is about to begin.
If you can help, please do.

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6 responses to “Haiti Needs Your Help

  1. The Other Sarah

    You can find more links on how to help here:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-haiti-help-boxjan13,0,6665203.story

    h/t to the Obama White House:
    Information888-407-4747 is the State Department telephone number for Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti.

    Bill Clinton’s on Olbermann right now. He’s saying don’t send a lot of ‘things’. “We’ve got to save as many lives as possible. … The most important thing individuals can do is to send cash, even if it’s $1. Or $2.”

    Chris Sacca has a post up on Six Things You Can Do to Help in Haiti.
    http://www.whatisleft.org/lookie_here/2010/01/six-ways-you-can-help-in-haiti.html

  2. grahamfirchlis

    Haiti was before this earthquake and is still now the greatest shame of Western Civilization. It is incomprehensible to me that any part of the rest of The Americas can sleep at night knowing the daily horror that Haitians face.

    Driving from Santo Domingo to Port-au-Prince, the travel time is about 400 minutes and 400 years backwards. Haiti is the most benighted, miserable place in the entire world.

    The next nation-building task we take on should be – must be – a total re-invention of Haiti. Between the US, Cuba, Venezuela, Canada , Argentina, Chile, the whole of both continents and all the island peoples, there is common ground here; this festering sore must once and for all be healed.

    Thanks, Sarah, for raising this.

    • g2-37190d24041196ff0ae862db799fb502

      Absolutely right, Graham. I just couldn’t sit on the sidelines any more.

  3. grahamfirchlis

    Skimmed the headlines, “…earthquake…Haiti…” and thought oh damn those poor people and went on about my day without listening to any news source until I read your post. I’m not sure how anyone with any influence at all rests easy until this is put at least somewhere along the road to better.

    The phrase “disaster waiting to happen” falls short; Haiti was already a disaster, waiting to become the catastrophy it now is. Shame, shame on everyone, throughout the Americas and all of Europe.

    No excuse for letting things get this bad, and no quick fix can happen. It will take a decade or more and a lot of patience and money to set Haiti along a path towards peace and prosperity, but it must be done. Anything less is to deny our own humanity.

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