Elizabeth Thorp: Now that over a week has passed since the devastating earthquake hit Haiti and aid is finally beginning to reach those who need it, more organizations and nonprofits have mobilized to continue to raise money for recovery and their relief efforts. As much as we all want to hop on a plane, unless you're a first responder or a surgeon with Doctors Without Borders, you're not going to be helpful in Haiti. I find myself watching the news and wanting to race down and help comfort, love, and hug all those orphans and bring a group back to Bethesda.
What's vivid to me is that we're all profoundly lucky -- the majority of Momlogic readers are healthy with food, clothes, and a home in a community where your children can get an education. Yes, it's been a difficult year or two with the recession (see my B of A post!), but you have something. Haitians have NOTHING.
So, what is the best way to help from Iowa, Nebraska, Tennessee, Vermont, and Michigan? Former President Bill Clinton, UN Special Envoy to Haiti, who just returned from the ravaged Caribbean island, sent this report to supporters:
"... I traveled to Haiti to deliver emergency supplies, see the conditions on the ground first-hand, and meet with government officials. I wish you could have seen what I saw. Haitians were performing surgeries at night, without lights, with no anesthesia, using vodka to sterilize equipment. It's astonishing what they've been able to accomplish in such devastating conditions."
Today we followed up with President Clinton to find out how Momlogic readers can help.
"The catastrophic earthquake that ravaged Haiti has left millions of people without water, food, medical supplies, and shelter. While we still do not know the full impact of the devastation, we do know that women and children will be the most vulnerable," said President Clinton. "Please visit www.clintonbushhaitifund.org and give what you can. Small donations make a big difference in helping the people of Haiti rebuild their nation and ensure a brighter future for their children and grandchildren."
Embrace Haiti's motto: L'union fait la force -- Unity is strength -- donate today.
|Elizabeth Thorp serves as President & CEO of EDT Communications, Inc. Elizabeth's 17 years of experience spans almost every area of public relations, crisis management, event planning and public affairs -- although no amount of training can prepare you for crisis management in a happily hectic household with three young divas. She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and three young daughters, Isabelle, Lucy and Penelope.|