So, I may have mentioned in my post below that I’m making November about my favorite things – you know, like Oprah does, lol. This installment is about my favorite groups helping in the beleagured nation of Haiti right just a few hours off the coast of Florida. Of course all of these groups, large and small, could use a helping hand these days handling the cholera outbreak, flooding from the recent storm Tomas, the ongoing post-earthquake challenges – and all of the pre-earthquake challenges. So, here are my favorites, God Bless ’em:
Sheepfold of the Good Shepherd School & Orphanage- Friends of the blog know I have been blessed to be in touch with this school since I left Miami. If you vist the website I jerry-rigged for them you can see how to donate to help Fr Luc and his staff and the 80 kids they care for an the hundreds they educate. There’s also links to some photos.
Real Hope for Haiti Rescue Center. I read this blog almost every day. Started by an American family who has been in Haiti over fifteen years, the Center feeds starving kids and saves a lot of their lives. You can witness the amazing transformations. Warning though-the blog is also harrowing –not every child survives and a lot of them start off in dire condition. But it is overall inspiring; and it’s updated almost every day. The people at the center work so hard and help so many people (and it’s fascinating how the director of the center also finds time to blog about normal family life). The center is connected to a clinic and other programs, too. Check them out for your daily dose of hope and reality.
Partners in Health. On the ground in Haiti, these people have been helping save lives and re-write the big picture story in Haiti – and other countries – for a long time. They have a tremendous reputation for taking care of business and looking at the roots of the problems they face, which is key to solving any problem, isn’t it?
Doctors Without Borders. They’re everywhere. But they’re definitely in Haiti. Follow them on Facebook and see how they have ben dealing with the cholera outbreak and ongoing problems. In whatever horror show situation I read about in the news, it always seems a little less horrific to me if DWB (MSF) is there.
Social Enterprise Fund Haiti Fish Project: I learned about this in TIME’s top 100 innovators issue last year. Bill Clinton nominate Val Abe, a PhD from Africa, who has been working to get Haiti into the fishing business. The program just impressed me as it worked with the local people, used the local environment in a sustainable way, and brought to life that expression about what happens when you teach someone to fish.
Lambi Fund Haiti. This group works with Haitians and “supports projects that embrace the following principles: non-violent, non-partisan, community-based, promoting the advancement of women, using education and training for empowerment, and promoting the overall democratic movement.” I find this group interesting because they get into the politics and, taken as part of the overall picture, it’s informative to know there are things the West has done that have been detrimental to Haiti. Sometimes that part of the “narrative” is left out of the story.
It may seem like the situation in Haiti is getting worse, and your help is only a drop in the bucket. But it bears repeating, the larger the bucket, the more every drop counts.