Haiti Disaster Relief
After the catastrophic earthquake on Jan. 11, 2010 that ravaged a country already devastated by poverty, we saw charitable giving and donations like we had never seen. The Red Cross alone received over $32 million in the form of gifts of $10 via texting alone. In this article by NBC Investigates, they go over the deplorable spending and lack of progress that the government and large Non-Governmental Organizations like the Red Cross and the Clinton Foundation have made. If you didn’t know about that then read their findings. It’s heartbreaking, frustrating and demands change in the way we give and the way giving is spent.
Why does this matter? Because projects done by people who are not on the ground, who don’t have relationships with the people, who don’t speak the language or have trusted interpreters to work with them, who have to spend donated money to plan and figure things out because they don’t understand the culture or know their way around usually end up wasting a ton of funds or use them unwisely simply trying to get the “project” off the ground. People who live in areas affected, who have already sacrificed everything to show up every day without the promise of a paycheck or a comfortable night in a high end hotel with promised electricity and warm water don’t have make connections in order to know where the needs are because they have those connections in place already. Organizations that are actively working on the ground are doing more with less every day and have evidence to show for it. They are driven by passion, not project based paychecks. They are also not importing the supplies and food they need but buying in country, Haitian made, in an effort to boost the Haitian economy.
We are all tired of questionable spending of donated dollars and it’s time to stop just complaining about it or worse, cutting off those in need because we’re so disgusted with it. It’s time we did something that could alter the future economy of a country that has seen too much devastation and corruption. It’s time to make connections with people and organizations that are doing the hard work every day and support the long term programs that are really making a difference. It’s time re-write the long standing rules of charitable giving and show those organizations that we want our money to make a difference and not pad pockets.
- a growing list of organizations I work with or know personally
- a list of grassroots organizations employed by Haitians that you can impact by shopping online
- a growing list of established, on the ground organizations in Haiti
Continue to care and continue to give just make sure to give in a way that will impact the people of Haiti.
Please share this and other blogs and articles that talk about how those on the ground in Haiti are re-writing the traditional rules surrounding relief donations. We're asking you to be a part of the mental shift in giving that could create a positive and lasting change for the people and the economy of Haiti. - Thank you!!!
If you are working in Haiti and want your information added please contact me.