Haiti earthquake: How you can help

MPR has a page listing “aid organizations accepting donations for earthquake relief for Haiti.” Two of them have a Northfield connection:

Also, Jane McWilliams has a Haitian Relief blog post on Northfield.org. Northfielder Paul Miller recommends donations to Partners in Health, as does book author Tracy Kidder whose op-ed piece in today’s New York Times is titled Country Without a Net:

But there are effective aid organizations working in Haiti. At least one has not been crippled by the earthquake. Partners in Health, or in Haitian Creole Zanmi Lasante, has been the largest health care provider in rural Haiti. (I serve on this organization’s development committee.) It operates, in partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Health, some 10 hospitals and clinics, all far from the capital and all still intact. As a result of this calamity, Partners in Health probably just became the largest health care provider still standing in all Haiti.

Fortunately, it also offers a solid model for independence — a model where only a handful of Americans are involved in day-to-day operations, and Haitians run the show. Efforts like this could provide one way for Haiti, as it rebuilds, to renew the promise of its revolution.

6 thoughts on “Haiti earthquake: How you can help”

  1. I’ve been extremely encouraged by the way that social media and technology are being used to raise funds and communicate during this crisis. The U.S. State Department (http://bit.ly/6VhFlp), among others, has promoted the use of text messaging to raise funds for the Red Cross. If you text the word “Haiti” (without the quotes) to 90999, ten dollars will be given to the Red Cross and charged to your cell phone bill. According to the Red Cross this morning, $3 million has already been raised, $10 at a time.

    Also, people in Haiti are using Twitter and Facebook for communication: “Twitter & Facebook become 2-way ‘lifelines’ for Haiti” [USAToday]

  2. Thanks for the alert on that link, Paul. I’m working on a blog post related to John’s letter so let’s save further discussion of it till then and keep this comment thread just for discussion of the earthquake, it’s aftermath, aid, recovery, political ramifications, etc.

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