After 9/11 and Katrina I began to seriously question how relief organizations work and how they use the money people like us donate. Too much goes to administration. Outside contractors made fortunes during Katrina while the people who lived there begged for jobs. I have done work for several large groups – The Red Cross and Catholic Charities to name two and I hated the way they operated.
Sarah van Gelder wrote a piece for YES! Magazine that recommends several organizations that can be trusted to use your donations wisely …
PARTNERS IN HEALTH
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS
THE WALKING MAN left a link in comments for YELE HAITI. You can donate $5 from your cell phone or click the donate button if you can do more.
You can see Sarah’s article, as it was reprinted by Huffington Post, HERE
The article describes what each organization does.
I donated to Doctors Without Borders – Haiti’s medical capabilities appear to have been completely destroyed. Doctors Without Borders was already there when the quake hit and they have been working feverishly to save as many as they can.
When I was in Brooklyn at Christmas I ran into a woman I had worked with many years before. She and her sons were about to go back to Haiti to care for her elderly Mom. Her face was beaming as she told me how “kind and blessed” her life had become. They had put together enough money to move her mother to a decent home. I was so happy to see her and to see how happy she was. We had worked together under difficult circumstances and I remember her as always pushing people forward. Always talking about blessings and gratitude. Always offering to pray for someone as well as offering a piece of whatever little she had.
I spent all day today calling around. I finally found a mutual friend who said they are still in Haiti. A cousin here is trying to find out more.
I picture her standing there in a Brooklyn bakery on Christmas Eve and I close my eyes and hold my breath and ask the universe to please return her kindness.
“Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children. And we are all mortal” ~ John Kennedy