Maxing out relief impact

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Saundra over at Good Intentions are Not Enough opened up the blog to get advice from aid workers on the most effective ways to provide support to disaster victims such as those in Haiti.  Of particular note is the suggestion that we should not take up collections of goods to send over, as they may clog up the distribution channels and delay the delivery of other aid supplies.  Haiti’s airport is already overburdened.

There also seems to be a general consensus that you should not just go to Haiti to volunteer your efforts.  They don’t just need hands right now.  They need doctors and engineers, and people with experience in search and rescue.  It seems best to just donate money to organizations that already have an established presence in Haiti or demonstrated expertise in disaster relief.

And don’t let it stop there.  Although the earthquake was random, its impact was not.  The soft bigotry of lives worth less can allow for weak building codes and the chronic underinvestment in infrastructure. So remember, donating later can be as valuable as donating today.

She has more good info on lessons learned and the DO’s and DONT’s of disaster relief.

Posted on January 15th 2010 in news

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