It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here, and for the entire week I managed to do a bit of training with only one dog. With the recent crisis in Haiti, our neighbor, I find it really hard to engage in such mundane activities like dog training and blogging.
My heart goes out to the Haitians. I don’t know about the rest of the world, but I have a hard time keeping a dry eye when I see the images of destruction and hopelessness on CNN. I feel totally hopeless, too, because every time I think I’ll donate something somewhere, I am presented with obstacles.
We’re being told that the lack of infrastructure and personnel prevents aid from getting to the survivors. I want to give, but will Haitians really get the stuff? I worry that men, women, and children, the most vulnerable of all, will die a slow painful death of starvation.
I would love to give money, and have been contributing to various disaster relief accounts, but I’m told that only about 60% of every dollar actually gets used for disaster relief.
What to do? Well, first of all, I choose to donate through established organizations such as the ODPEM (Office of Disaster Preparedness Emergency Management) in Jamaica, and The Red Cross, for example.
I choose to donate, anyway, despite the seeming obstacles, because I feel that while the world waits, people die. I trust that a way will open up for these poor Haitians to get help, and it is for that reason that I choose to continue donating whenever and wherever I can.