Haiti is nestled amongst some amazing places — Cuba, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, the Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands . . . but it is not as wealthy and wonderful as many of these resort communities. Haiti is incredibly poor. On a good day in Haiti, electricity may not be reliable. They have suffered from poverty, political corruption, hurricaines, and more . . . and now a 7.0 earthquake. I remember what the 7.9 felt like and how frightening and disorienting it was for the day or two until our infrastructure recovered and we are back to mostly normal. The infrastructure in Haiti was never as good and won’t be able to heal as quickly. The damage is more severe and the suffering will be — is — huge.
Every little bit of help makes a huge difference when the stakes are this high.
I am a big fan of the Red Cross. So, I have chosen to donate through them. There are other organizations that are pulling together donations, resources, and help for Haiti. Google has put together a Crisis Response Page with lots of resources for helping. Please do what you can.