Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Help for Haiti

Many experts are reporting that the quake that hit Haiti is the worst the country has witnessed in more than 200 years. Millions of people have been affected and an untold number have perished.

There are so many wonderful organizations on the ground right now doing all that they can to save lives. If you're not sure who to make a donation to I highly recommend Partners in Health. They've been working in Haiti for 25 years preventing illness and delivering quality health care to people living with chronic diseases such as HIV/AIDS. The success of their program in country has rested largely on the shoulders of the thousands of community health workers PIH has hired in Haiti.

I first came across PIH after reading Tracy Kidder's book Mountains Beyond Mountains, the story of the organization's founder, Paul Farmer. His life's work on infectious diseases began and continues in Haiti. If you haven't heard of the book, well, you won't regret picking it up. It's one of the most moving stories I think I will ever come across.

PIH now needs our help more than ever.

Please consider making a donation of whatever amount you can give.

(Images via The New York Times)

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