I WOULD LIKE TO DONATE, BUT I WANT TO PURCHASE TANGIBLE ITEMS, OR KNOWEXACTLY WHERE MY MONEY IS GOING AND WHAT IS IS USED FOR. THERE IS A GREAT NEED FOR "EVERYTHING", KNOW THAT.WHY WERE THEY IN SUCH POVERTY IN THE FIRST PLACE?? WHAT A TRADEGY.
One way to directly help the people of Haiti is through a donation to Doctors Without Borders (https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org) . They have ongoing health clinics in the country and have been a major source for medical care since the earthquake struck. I gave $20, wish I was working and could afford more.
It is sad that the scumbags will be out in force to try to rip off well meaning Americans. And don't think for one minute that there will not be more than a few religious organizations where money will be siphoned off the top. Seems to be the way nowadays!!!
Please don't use the excuse that you don't know where your money is going not to donate at all. Catholic Relief Services is reliable, and there are other charities reliable that can use donations, too. Doctors Without Borders is already in the news for setting up makeshift hospitals and clinics. You can research charities and find out reliable ones. However, avoid using a credit card; send a check instead. Unless you hear otherwise, credit card companies have not waived their "processing fees" (i.e., profitable skims) for donations made through their cards.
The cold hard reality is that a number of years ago US inspectors that were in Haiti to monitor how $45 million dollars of US aid was being used after some severe storms left the country because they feared for their safety. There is already reports of looting etc. Same crap that happened in New Orleans after Katrina.
Unfortunately what needs to happen will not and that is to shoot the looters on sight. They have mass graves anyways so it is not like it would really cause extra work. These dirtbags need to be exterminated anyways, why not now.
Makes me and a lot of others think about whether or not our donations would actually go to the needy.
Wow @ the ignorance of people saying how all the people in haiti need to die. There is alot of corruption that happens in the USA for years. But who are people to say that all us Americans should die right? Think of it that way to anyone who is saying the people in Haiti deserve to die they are evil or whatever else you ignorantly thinking about them.
Donate if you can, but be sure that the $$ goes to the right charity. Contact the BBB if you are not sure about the charity you are giving to.
"Wow @ the ignorance of people saying how all the people in haiti need to die."
Please reference where you read this particular comment at in this article thread. You didn't.
The situation in Haiti shows the helpless being devasted by a catastrophe . Their own government is helpless to do anything . We must look far beyond immediate aid to the long term future of Haiti . Investments need to be made to allow the Haitians the opportunity to develop their underdeveloped country . Foreign aid is good for Haiti but Haitian prosperity is good for everyone .
During a interview with former presidents Bush and Clinton the remark was made that they were looking at rebuilding Haiti in a different direction rather than just trying to restore it as it was. That makes sense because rebuilding the country to what it was just gives you the same third world country.
"when nothing changes nothing changes"
I suppose I should of mentioned in the previous post who was going to pay for all this but I figured that was a given!!!
I never said I read that in this story posted on the vindy. I'm just saying in general about how ignorant some people are towards the Haitian people in Haiti maybe you would like to read up and watch on tv about what some people are saying that got me to say that. Next time dont jump to a conclusion like im trying to call someone out that posted in this particular story. Because you can browse the net and read how some people really feel on the situation in Haiti like I did.
Partners in Health is the largest nonprofit care provider in Haiti, and is one of the best equipped organizations to deal with the health crisis in a very cost-effective manner. Partners was recommended to me by two trustworthy sources (Régine Chassagne and Charity: Water).
Food for the Poor (also mentioned above) is also extremely efficient. As of the end of FY 2008, 97.7% went directly to programs helping the poor. (By comparison, Red Cross is only 90.0%) Before donating, you should be aware that it is a Christian-affiliated organization.
If you donate money to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund, and send your check to the William J. Clinton Foundation, 100% of your donation will be used to help the people of Haiti. I know times are tough and not everyone can afford to donate, but for me, I just couldn't watch such devastation night after night and not help. Bless you to all who send even $5....every little bit helps.
@Ytown777 I thought it would of been obvious from my last sentence in my statement in my first reply. But sorry for the misunderstandings but it was just a general statment and I was angered by what I had read and seen from the tv and internet and needed to put that out there from alittle venting. Plus it didn't help since so many people voted on no they wouldn't want to donate if they could.
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