My simple statement on the earthquake in Haiti is that it’s positively heart wrenching. My prayers and thoughts are with the people and all those working with the relief efforts.
Rachel Maddow featured Tracy Kidder on her program, and I just wanted to pass along the information for the work his organization does.
The PIH Vision: Whatever it takes
At its root, our mission is both medical and moral. It is based on solidarity, rather than charity alone. When a person in Peru, or Siberia, or rural Haiti falls ill, PIH uses all of the means at our disposal to make them well—from pressuring drug manufacturers, to lobbying policy makers, to providing medical care and social services. Whatever it takes. Just as we would do if a member of our own family—or we ourselves—were ill. (Partners in Health, http://www.pih.org)
I am extremely picky about charitable organizations, and I have to say that this one is especially encouraging to me because it works with Haitian doctors, supporting, and thus empowering, the Haitian people to provide help for themselves. It is especially moving at this time, as the world converges upon Haiti, to remember the dignity, power, and spirit of the Haitian people themselves.