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Hey Campers: Normally I’m not a cause-oriented guy and this isn’t a cause-oriented blog. But we do cover Survival, and right now that’s a very relevant subject considering the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti. This disaster that hits close to home – about 600 miles southeast of Miami, Florida, to be exact.
Haiti certainly didn’t need this. It’s a country already ravaged by poverty and corrupt dictators, where the poorest often eat mud cookies because they can’t even afford staples like rice or corn. You’ll be hearing tons about this situation from the media, but it’s the same old problem: As the old Police song “Driven to Tears” goes: “Too many cameras and not enough food.”
The scale of this disaster makes the problem of logistics overwhelming, triage in it’s most pressing form. Right now the biggest needs are for rescue personnel to extract victims from the rubble, medical personnel to help the injured, transportation to get those resources to the island, and money to pay for those operations.
People are being asked NOT to send donations of food or clothing that would arrive too late and merely end up in piles that needed sorting. Later there might be need, and a pipeline, for all that, but not now.
Like any freelance writer,I live month to month, and assignment to assignment, but I just donated $100, roughly the price of a pair of high-end sunglasses, or a weekend of lift tickets at a ski resort. I challenge you readers to do likewise. My money went to Doctors Without Borders.
Below is a short list of aid organizations that have experience and personnel on the ground in Haiti, and have a proven track record for effective use of donations. Give what you can, and if you or someone you know has the skills and experience to make a difference in this situation, inquire as to how you or they might effectively volunteer. The effects of this disaster aren’t going to go away soon. Thanks for your time. – Steve Howe