Haiti. Oh my goodness, what occurred in Haiti this week- it is too great, too cataclysmic, to overwhelming for words. Banal, trite, to say yes, but true. Like the massive widespread destruction of property and lives in my beloved New Orleans thanks to the massive synergy of insufficient levees and the awesome power of hurricane Katrina, or the mindboggling Tsunami of 2005 there is CRISIS. NOW! Crisis lasting, lingering and lingers longer than the headlines will last.
As my husband and I are looking for our new home, a space we can craft into a home, we debate the merits of one house over an other, then suddenly blocks and blocks of homes and buildings are trembling, shuttering and ultimately collapsing, People are hurt. People are dead and dying. People are trapped. People are homeless. Hundreds of thousands of people are homeless. As many or more are wounded physically and otherwise- wondering what comes next? My concerns of what features of a house that might become my new home are trivial.
What to do? How to help? What can I do from here- that matters? Works what with is already in place in Haiti, such as Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). MSF is an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe. They are in it for the long haul, both before the earthquake, now and will be long after.
There are directed donation sites set up for Haiti on their website, but consider making an undirected donation. Here’s why, money given to a specific fund can only be used for that area which is super. Making an undirected donation helps MSF to serve the people of Haiti as they continue to serve other crises that continuing to happen while the world watches Haiti. And more importantly, it allows them to be first responders.
I have given my share and imagine you have too, but if can give a bit more or haven’t decided where to give, click here to donate to Doctors Without Borders.