With the tragedy in Haiti, many Americans are thinking of ways to donate to the victims. I have been thinking about this because guild is tonight, and I will be surprised if someone doesn't suggest donations of some sort. I am for the first time going to suggest a cooling off period. We have a tendency to jump in and throw money at tragedies without thinking about the details. Who are we giving the money to, who are we sending quilts to, are the people that we want to get helped getting what we are sending? I can think of many times that we have rushed into donations for something only to find out that there has been corruption of some sort attached to the charity, and many times we never really know if the people we send the quilt to ever get them, or need them. (Katrina). When we send a big donation of quilts for something, I'm sure there are hundreds of other guilds across the country doing the same thing. I'm cynical, it really makes me wonder.
First of all, I'm all for making quilts for charity. We make quilts for Wounded Warriors, Home of the Brave, and baby quilts for the health department. We used to decorate a tree at Christmas time for a local women's and children's shelter. When they stopped doing that auction, we started collecting donations from our generous members.
We are a quilt guild, formed to promote quilting to the public, and to educate our members. We do works of charity that benefit our local needs. I personally think that it should stop there.
Whenever there is a tragedy, there are people that line up to scam good hearted people. I think you should tred carefully before you start handing over the cash.
There are places to find charities that use most of the money donated for helping the people. You get into problems in some of these third world dictatorships when you just send money or goods and it is stolen by the government. The people never get the help.
I checked into some charities, and I got some guidance from the news.
PARTNERS IN HEALTH From what I understand, this is one of the best. This organization has been on the ground for many years helping Haitians get decent medical care.
SAVE THE CHILDREN 92% of your donation goes to programs and services to help children
DIRECT RELIEF they also provide medical relief and care. Less than one half of 1% of the money donated goes towards administrative services.
WATER MISSIONS a Christian based organization that helps and teaches people in poor countries how to get and sustain clean water.
I think these are four of the best. All of them were helping the people of Haiti long before the earthquake. They know the people, they understand what they are dealing with as far as the government goes, and they understand how to get around the infrastructure that is in place in Haiti.
Today I saw a video that showed a despondent mother that had lost 4 of her children the first night. Her last surviving child died because of the lack of medical care. She was being comforted by other members of her family, but there is no other help for her.
Such a tragedy is beyond my imagination. I hope help comes quickly for these people.