Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Thinking about Haiti

I am thinking about Haiti, sending love to the people and hoping they get what they need to push forward. I'm writing in to post a link to this essay by our friend Ferentz Lafargue in Next American City: The Meaning of Progress: Thoughts on Haiti's Disaster. It ends with a list of large and small organizations through which you can donate to the relief efforts and to other, ongoing efforts to strengthen Haiti. I'm reposting that list here, but encourage you to check out the essay as well.

from Ferentz:

"If you are looking to help here are two things to consider:

(1) There are numerous organizations that are providing immediate relief in Haiti. A short list includes Doctors Without Borders, Partners in Health, Mercy Corps and the Red Cross. Donate $10 to the Red Cross to be charged to your cell phone bill by texting “HAITI” to “90999.”

(2) Without discouraging anyone from making a donation to the above disaster relief organizations, I encourage everyone to also think about smaller organizations that are also working in Haiti and which might have suffered significant damages. It is critical that we also keep these organizations up and running so that they can not only help with disaster efforts, but also do the work that they have been doing for years. Two such organizations include: Lambi Fund and Yele Haiti. A third is Haiti Soleil, a organization on whose board I serve. "


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