Jan 14, 2010

Compassion in Emergencies (Friday Links)

I realize that Friday isn't until tomorrow, but some links are too urgent to wait:

As you probably know a massive earthquake recently struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The destruction and loss of life was catastrophic. The people are in dire need right now.

What you may not know is that Doctor D decided to become an MD while working in Haiti. As a college student young D volunteered at a hospital in Port-au-Prince. Even though Haitians are some of the poorest people on earth many of them brought me into their homes as a guest and treated me with a kindness I will never forget. Caring for ill Haitians made young D certain that the practice of medicine was the right life for him.

Now many of the homes, buildings, and hospitals in which D was once a guest lie in ruins. Thousands are dead and many survivors are in grave danger from disease and starvation. Doctor D considered going to Haiti to help, but they only currently want doctors and nurses with experience in disaster response.

But what we can all do is give. Many of us are blessed with jobs and resources that give us the ability to share with those in need. Those of us who chose medicine as a career usually did so because of our compassion for our fellow human beings.

Now is a time to put that compassion in action! These are two emergency aid organizations that Doctor D chose to use:
  • The Red Cross -Usually the first on the ground with the most experience in responding to disasters.
  • World Vision -Does wonderful work getting food, water, and medicine to people in desperate situations. Doctor D chose World Vision because he already sponsors several kids through that organization.
I'm sure there are other excellent organizations coming to the aid of Haiti. Give what you are able.
Thank you so much for caring.


The Good Cook said...

Well put and thank you for the links. Giving in time of need is the American way. We are the most generous, caring people on earth and I have no doubt that even in this time of economic difficulty many Americans will reach deep into their pockets.

Albinoblackbear said...

The generosity of people living in extreme poverty never ceases to amaze me. One of the astounding lessons learned in my travels as well.

Thank you for this post. Prayers to those Haitians.

Maha said...

Great post Dr. D. I was watching the news on my break today and it just breaks my heart to see one of the poorest nations in the world having to bear the brunt of such a horrible disaster.

I'd also like to add oxfam international (www.oxfam.org) as an organization to donate with. They do a lot of public health and water sanitation work and their emergency response team was actually located in Haiti.

WarmSocks said...

It's heartbreaking to see all the suffering.

If you're able to get away, one of the comments over at Serenity Now has info on volunteering.

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