Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Helping Haiti

I appear to be taking a break from blogging. I didn't intend to take a break from blogging; I just didn't have anything to say. Somehow I think that's a good plan: if you don't have anything to say, then don't say it.

However, today I do have something to say and that's to pass along to you a couple of good resources I have found for selecting charities for disaster relief in Haiti.

First is this article from AidWatch that gives general advice and lots of links.

Second is this very helpful article that gives a better sense of what will be helpful when. One helpful tip: "Donations of in-kind clothing and food often are less useful than monetary donations given to organizations who can then assess need."

Another thing I'm using is the Charity Navigator. I typed in "Haiti" as a keyword and came up with this list. You can get a better sense of how much bang you'll get for your buck.

With all that in mind, my very small donation is going to Partners in Health, Paul Farmer's organization (if you've read Mountains Beyond Mountains, you know who I mean). They're already on the ground in Haiti; they are set up to deal with the needs of the immediate aftermath of the earthquake; and they have a great rating from Charity Navigator.

So that's my reasoning. Blessings to you as you decide on your own response.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all these helpful links! I just made my own contribution, split between (1) Episcopal Relief and Development and (2) Partners in Health.

ERD has been a favorite charity of mine ever since it was still called the Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief - I like feeling the tangible ways that my church connects to churches around the world, a true communion of saints and souls. There are Episcopal dioceses both in Haiti and in the neighboring Dominican Republic, and ERD is working with both of them to send daily aid shipments.

And then, of course, as many have already said, Partners in Health seems like an obvious choice for help with a crisis in Haiti as they have already done so much there already.