Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Haiti on my mind.

Yesterday, a powerful earthquake (7.0) left Haiti in ruins. Already impoverished, Haiti is ill-equipped to deal with the material and humanitarian consequences of this catastrophe. Doctors Without Borders (Medecins sans Frontieres/MSF) was already operating in Haiti, bringing much-needed health care to the struggling island nation. Their hospital has been compromised as a result of the earthquake, and staff from their sister offices around the world are packing inflatable surgery suites and rushing to help meet the increased emergency relief needs.

"MSF is a medical relief organization dedicated to bringing help to people in the worst circumstances in the world. MSF goes where other relief organizations (NGO's) will not. Where circumstances are the most desperate, the most dangerous and the most hopeless... you will find Médecins Sans Frontières. MSF is transparent and neutral without any political or religious affiliations, and does not accept donations from Pharmaceutical companies or companies that make Tobacco or Alcohol. Part of their job is to witness and report violations of human rights and dignity. MSF helps all persons who need them, regardless of their race, religion, politics or gender. MSF won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999." -Knitters without Borders.

Doctors Without Borders just received my donation of $67, about what I would have spent on this week's Wednesday night dinner. Mike and I will have a more modest dinner in our cozy home, with our cats, our roof intact over our heads. Think about what luxuries you could go without this week, and maybe Doctors Without Borders (or the Red Cross, or the Mercy Corps etc...) could have it instead.

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