"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


giving to help

Many have already written about ways to help in Haiti. The needs there are so desperate that I'm adding my voice to the mix. If you need advice on ways to choose a charity, this, this, & this are helpful guides.

My general rule of thumb could be summarized as the ELE rule:
  1. Is it an Established organization with a longtime in-country presence?
  2. Does the organization employ, empower, and partner with Local individuals and organizations (eg, houses of faith, community groups)?
  3. Does the organization have Experience in disaster relief and/or health care?
If the answer to all three is yes and there are no other red flags (eg, financial shenanigans), it's probably a wise use of your resources. Using those criteria, I recommend donating to any of the following:


Anonymous J. said...

Thanks so much for linking. Very kind of you.

I like your ELE formula - a better, more concise version of what I wrote in the post that you linked.

Sadly enough, at this stage, every INGO in the "developed world" is making dramatic claims on their websites about how they have "presence in Haiti going back to at least 1998..", "work through local partners to ensure impact and sustainability", and "have strong experience and capability in disaster response, including the Asian tsunamis and Hurricane Katrina..."

Thanks for recommending specific good organizations (even if your list and mine differ :) ).

Thursday, January 14, 2010 7:51:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Thanks for the great info. It's been incredibly helpful to give friends and family solid advice from you professionals! Also helpful to think about where to give now vs where to give later.

I am very impressed with PIH's response so far. They had their supply chain running by yesterday, daily reports to donors on exactly what they're doing, and 5 functional hospitals staffed by 120 doctors.

Thursday, January 14, 2010 11:53:00 PM

Blogger Leslie said...

Thank you for including some faith-based organizations. Too often in the West we look at FBOs as somehow "negative" because they are motivated by faith.

Many people often overlook the infrastructure that comes with religion. I've worked for one of the organizations on your list, and without the church network of volunteers, clergy, educators and even simple buildings in areas where there was NOTHING, our work would have been made impossible.

Friday, January 15, 2010 9:22:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Leslie, yeah, I've been thinking about this a lot lately. The aid community is so dominated by secular people and the people to whom aid is delivered are so often organized around faith networks. There's a disconnect there. Fruit for a future post, perhaps...

Sunday, January 17, 2010 10:32:00 PM

Blogger D. Watson said...

I can recommend the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in that regard also:

A link to a description of what they are doing now. another onefor where to donate. There have been "Mormons" there for over 30 years and they have about 30 congregations there. "Mormon Helping Hands" extends to all people regardless of denomination and often works with CRS and other big name organizations during similar disasters.

Just FYI.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 4:50:00 PM


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