In the mean time, I urge everyone to contribute money to the relief effort. Most of us have our favorite, perennial recipients of our goodwill. Let me introduce you to one that is particularly relevant and effective in the Haitian tragedy-- Partners in Health.
A few years ago I read Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder and was swept away by the eloquent non-fiction account and the temerity of Dr Paul Farmer who has worked in Haiti for over twenty years, building an effective and simple health care system now largely staffed by Haitians who have been trained by Farmer and his team. This organization probably stands the best chance of helping the most people because it has outlying clinics and over 1200 well trained community workers, 500 nurses and 120 doctors throughout Haiti. Here is a statement by Kidder about the success of Partners in Health given just yesterday. They need basic supplies: bandaids, casting materials, iv fluids, etc etc etc.
Please consider a donation.