As we all try to get our mind around the unimaginable destruction visited upon our neighbor Haiti, I wanted to help in some small way (Haiti is only 680 miles southwest of Miami — about the same distance and direction Atlanta is from us, here in southwest Missouri). My classes and I are collecting money to send to Partners in Health, the organization co-founded by Dr. Paul Farmer, the remarkable subject of Tracy Kidder’s book ‘Mountains Beyond Mountains.’
I chose PIH, among many worthy giving options, because of PIH’s long track record of selfless service to Haiti’s poorest and sickest people. I hope everyone will search their heart and determine what their own response should be to this terrible and probably long-lasting tragedy.
If you would consider donating to relief efforts in Haiti, please check out Partners in Health’s website
or any one of the other fine agencies listed on the front page of the Huffington Post.
Our feeling of powerlessness and insignificance is completely understandable in the face of the incredible force of nature and the scale of human suffering it has caused. It should not, however, serve as a rationalization for our doing nothing.