I know many of us escape to blogland for wit and whimsy, but perhaps you'll allow me this post to appeal to your inner humanitarian:
Text “HAITI” to "90999" to make a $10 donation
to American Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.
I just did it. You'll receive a text back asking you to confirm the donation. That's only $10 added to your cell phone bill and god only knows how it might help the 3 million people affected by the massive earthquake that's leveled a country already plagued with unimaginable poverty.
My sister Phoebe recently spent three months working at the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer (HAS), located forty miles northwest of Port-Au-Prince. With the exception of a few international volunteer doctors the entire hospital is run by Haitians who help educate and train people in the surrounding Artibonite Valley. It's more than a hospital; it's a self-sustainable community. HAS is the second-largest employer in a country with an 80% unemployment rate, and one of the most inspiring success stories in the public health sector. Miraculously, HAS did not suffer structural damage in the quake. So with hospitals in Port-Au-Prince in ruins, the rural HAS has become a satellite triage center for the wounded. My sister said people are literally walking and carrying their wounded the forty miles from Port-au-Prince to HAS. You can keep up with their incredible updates in real time on the hospital's blog and help by giving here.
The New York Times has a helpful page with more resources for what we can do to help. Hope you have a good day and if the spirit moves you, do send that text. Thanks + love, Lily.