"How blessed is he who considers the helpless..." Psalm 41:1

Thursday, January 21, 2010

DONATIONS Eske ou ka ede nou, souple?

DONATIONS Eske ou ka ede nou, souple?

Now what all of us need to realize is that every natural disaster is a different beast.  And every organization specializes in different areas. But ALSO that the needs are constantly changing as the situation changes.

I fully understand the feeling of wanting to donate items. Reuse before you recycle right? Well it’s not that simple. We have actually had people give winter clothes for donations to Haiti. You think, no big deal, just toss it right? Well not exactly. If I don’t have time to sort ever bit of donations given and get these unusable items to Haiti: 1. They don’t have a garbage system like we do, these items end up polluting the streets of an already contaminated and overcrowded area and 2. Items like pharmaceuticals not needed in there or long expired can not be discarded safely without further contaminating the ground and water and 3. The people who try to throw out these items can be in actual legal trouble if someone takes the discarded items and try to resell them. Again this is a very viable outcome (see my photo of a Haitian “Wall-mart”)

Another thing to think about, and my local business, fair trade buying friends will understand this, is that buying items regionally helps to put money back into the economy there. It helps to stimulate growth.

Not only do we want to aid and give relief to the people of Haiti. We want to rebuild. Give RESTORATION. In my eyes this comes in two forms: 1. Showing God’s love by helping to rebuild a community infrastructure for sustainability and 2. Prayers – continually for the people and theirs hearts for GOD. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

I want to make a list of the orphanages I am deeply invested in and where the money myself (and Embrace Point) are giving to 100%. Now I can’t tell you what exactly the fund will be used for as the need changes daily. In the beginning it was for food, medical supplies, and water to one orphanage, then another fell in the aftershocks, then it was brought to my attention another could house more homeless and orphaned individuals with money to buy provisions for more people, etc. So as the funds come in and as the opportunity arises to get them there I will keep you all abreast of how we are all pulling together to help.

Here are the places with children near and dear to my heart!

His Home for Children (where I am adopting from)
Dorothy’s Infant Rescue (located in Port au Prince)
Much Ministries (non profit based in GA where my sister works)
JBA Haiti affiliated with Cabaret Baptist Children's School & Home (where my family and I have been volunteering for six years)
Again, God Bless. As I reposted on Twitter and FB "dont kid urself, a hot meal, a hot shower, and some loving friends is no small thing... Im soo thankful!" – Rev Run Wisdom


nicky said...

I was reading your blog this evening and am hoping that you might be able to help me. I live in Canada. I have an adopted daughter whose birthfamily live in Cabaret. Here are their names and address. If you have contact with anyone in Cabaret, would it be possible to ask them to make inquiries for me?

Honeld Colo (father)
Jacqueline Dor (mother)
Eliezer (8yrs old)
Christelle (14 yrs old)

Ruelle Abbattoie Prolonger #105
Cabaret, Haiti

Many thanks

Barb Rieder
Box 70
Komarno, Mb
R0C 1R0

AT said...

I will check to see. I know of a group heading there on Feb 15th. If I don't have my baby by then I am thinking of going as well.

Natasha Rae Taylor: lovex3 said...

you cease to amaze me...so glad we are sisters....

love love love you.