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NO RED CROSS: Reliable & Effective Haiti Emergency Aid Providers

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The World’s One Hope


“When a child steps out in front of a moving car, someone will snatch the child back to the sidewalk. It’s not only a kind person who’d do that, not only the kind of person they honor with statues, and memorial plaques. Anyone would pull a child out of the path of the car. But here, many people have been run down, and many pass by, doing nothing. Is that because there are so many suffering people? Shouldn’t there be more help when there’s more suffering? There’s less help. Even kind people walk past, doing nothing, and they’re just as kind as they were before.”

–from The World’s One Hope, a poem by Bertolt Brecht translated by Tony Kushner

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It is very important to keep the disaster of Haiti in context of the 200 years of colonial and neo-liberal oppression and military occupation that has reduced the entire country to destitution. The organizations that are aware of this context are those who are best equipped to administer relief. They know what people are facing every day and what they need to recover.

Some Haiti relief agencies have demonstrated their commitment to the people of Haiti and to their struggle for survival long before the earthquake. They are there not to proselytize, preach, control or dictate. They didn’t go to Haiti with guns or Bibles. They are comprised of Haitians and others who realize that the long-term catastrophes of economic exploitation, hunger, disease, poverty, lack of housing and coping with successive military dictatorships have already devastated an entire nation.

DON’T GIVE to RED CROSS. It’s a quick conscience-salve, but your donation will not benefit Haitians in need.

Please consider giving to the following worthy emergency relief efforts. They are all rated 4 Stars by Charity Navigator:

  • Partners in Health
  • Action Against Hunger
  • Haiti Action
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • The Lambi Fund

  • Where is Frandy?

    Slideshow: People of Haiti (under occupation), 2009

    Live from Haiti (blog)


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    Charity Navigator: Tips For Funding Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts

    Avoid Newly-Formed Charities and Give To An Established Charity That Has Worked In Haiti – Establishing a new charity is hard enough, but in a crisis, the odds of succeeding are slim to none. Think of it this way: would you entrust all your savings in a financial firm that just opened, doesn’t even have stationery, and whose employees have no experience in investing money? Doubtful. Find a charity with a proven track record of success in providing disaster relief and one that has worked in Haiti. Start with the list of charities on the right and if a group you are considering supporting isn’t there, then take the time to thoroughly research it before making a gift.

    Do Not Give To The Haitian Government – Haiti is known to be a corrupt country. And news reports post earthquake indicate that the government is pretty much not functioning. If that isn’t enough reason not to give directly to the Haiti government, then consider the fact that contributions to foreign governments are not tax deductible.

    Designate Your Investment – Generally, it is best to trust your chosen charity to spend your donation as it sees fit. But with disaster related giving, you should specify that you want your donation only used to respond to this particular crisis.

    Do Not Send Supplies – Knowing that millions of people are desperately in need of food and water, it is hard not to want to pack up a box of supplies and send it to Haiti. But this type of philanthropy is simply not practical or efficient. Even if mail could get to Haiti, no one is set up to receive these goods, much less organize and distribute them to the victims. Furthermore, charities are often able to partner with companies to acquire large amounts of in-kind donations such as bottled water and new clothing. Instead of boxing up and sending your old clothing, have a garage sale and turn your used goods into cash and donate that to a worthy charity.

    Be Careful Of Email Solicitations

    • Be Leery Of People That Contact You Online Claiming To Be A Victim – Unless you personally know someone in Haiti, anyone alleging to be in this position is most likely part of a scam. Obviously, people affected by the earthquake are in no position to contact you directly for assistance.
    • Delete Unsolicited Emails With Attachments – Never respond to unsolicited emails. Do not open any attachments to these emails even if they claim to contain pictures from Haiti. These attachments are probably viruses.

    Seek Out The Charity’s Authorized Website – Refer to our blog from yesterday as to why this is important.

    Is it safe to make a text donation? – So long as you do your homework, yes. Please visit our blog for a longer explanation.

    Consider The Nature Of The Charity’s Work – Not every charity is responding in the same way. Some are providing medical assistance, some shelter, some food and water. Others will be more focused on either short term or long term rebuilding efforts. And some are just helping to fundraise for other nonprofits. Think about what it is you want your philanthropic investment to accomplish and then take the time to find the charities doing that work. At Charity Navigator we link to each charity’s website so that you can quickly learn more about their plans to help in Haiti.

    Be Inspired By Social Media, But Still Do Your Homework – Social networking tools like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and blogs are delivering heart-wrenching images and information about Haiti to our computers and phones. Many of them include pleas to donate. While these tools can be a powerful tool to inspire your desire to help, you should not blindly give via these vehicles. You must take the time to investigate the groups behind such pleas for help to ensure that it comes from a legitimate nonprofit. For example, you can donate $10 to the American Red Cross by texting “Haiti” to 90999. As of today, this tool has raised $3 million for the Haiti earthquake relief efforts.

    Avoid Telemarketers – As always, hang up the phone do your homework and give directly to a charity.

    Do Not Expect Immediate Results, But Do Keep Tabs On What Your Donation Accomplishes– It takes time for charities to mobilize, to assess the problems that need to be addressed and to develop effective solutions. Donors need to be patient so charities will not feel pressured to plunge in and offer ineffective aid, simply to placate impatient donors. That doesn’t mean donors shouldn’t hold the charities accountable for delivering on their promises! Be sure to follow up with the charity in a few months to find out (a) how your donation was put to use and (b) if the organization needs additional support to complete the recovery effort.

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    1. This is great! go over to my blog where I have some pretty good links to the history and what will happen to U.S. officially aid monies.

      linda

      January 16, 2010 at 8:20 am

    2. Hi Linda: You’re on my links page but I should sign up for your feed as well.

      The history is so awful; I’ve read 3 accounts going back to early 1800’s and L’Ouverature’s slave revolt. The vengeance & vindictiveness of imperial France, Britain & the US is unspeakable & enduring. 200 years of exploitation, cruelty and dictatorship!

      Now, the horrors and agony cannot even be imagined. What kind of world are we in? How in the world can these sufferings continue in Aghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Africa, Haiti and so many places go on? And its perpetrators continue to murder and deceive?

      I didn’t even know that Haiti was susceptible to earthquakes! They rarely happen in the Caribbean.

      chinarose

      January 16, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    3. Hi China Rose
      I was looking for even more information that I have somewhere in an eco agricultural magazine but can’t find it. On top of everything you state, there is even more to do with how agribusiness has a hand in all of this. Maybe you are aware already……..
      We live in a world of unfathomable greed. That is what enables this. As to the earthquakes, have you heard of HAARP? Its conspiracy theory that looks less and less like conspiracy but more like reality every day. My first question was this: “with that magnitude on such a small island, how is that the Dominican Republic was basically unscathed? I’ve been in earthquakes. Its hardly feasible that a 7.0 didn’t destroy the entire island.
      Haiti will be rebuilt ala New Orleans………..but where will Haitians go in the meantime and afterwards?

      linda

      January 17, 2010 at 4:25 pm

      • I too have been thinking about the reasons for the quake. “Natural” disasters seem to occur every winter. This one is conveniently located near Cuba and Venezuela. Like 9-11 and Katrina, the US military showed up. They brought mercenaries with them. They showed up too late to save lives, were too “disorganized” to distribute food, and stopped other aid from getting through. But they WERE ready to shoot and kill survivors. VERY good question about the Dominican Republic!!!! From the corporate news, you’d never guess that Haiti wasn’t a separate island. No one’s talking about Dominican Republic!

        chinarose

        January 19, 2010 at 7:59 pm


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