Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Haiti - One Year Later

Today marks the first anniversary of Haiti's devastating earthquake. It still seems unfair that such a tragedy could befall North America's poorest country.  Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Haitian people and the ongoing relief efforts.

This article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy discusses American's charitable giving to the Haitian disaster, how that compares to giving after other disasters, and how that money is being spent. Of note is the fact that Americans have given $1.4 billion toward relief efforts, $200 million shy what we gave in the wake of the 2004 Southeast Asian Tsunami tragedy [really, a part of me wonders if the comedic duo of our 41st and 42nd US Presidents that arose in the wake of that tragedy didn't have something to do with how much we gave.  I mean, who doesn't like to see once fierce political foes share airplanes, Secret Service stories, and unite for a cause. I'm shallow enough to think that had something to do with it. By the time the earth shook in Haiti, that novelty had worn off] and considerably less than we gave in the wake of Hurricane Katrina ($3.3 billion).  To be fair though, Americans had a right to take Katrina personally. 

Haiti is still a country in need.  It is currently in the midst of its first cholera outbreak in decades. Click here for advice on how to give wisely to ongoing relief efforts.

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