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Earthquake rocks Haiti - what can we do?
Posted to: <Ned> Front Porch by Jon Alexander (52), Wed, 13 Jan 2010 14:54:27 PST
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As you will probably know by now, a catastrophic earthquake (magnitude 7.0) has devastated Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world. A massive humanitarian crisis is looming.
After the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004, I spent time thinking about how to respond, on a personal level, and how to collaborate with others in helping out. In the end, I put my time into helping organise local fund-raising efforts, towards material aid and funds for NGOs working on the ground in Indonesia and Sri Lanka. However, I felt like I wasn't doing the best I could have done.
This time, I'd like to see if I can spark a conversation here, to share information, ideas, and maybe even develop some sort of plan to collaborate.
I realise this is a difficult question -- but I feel compelled to try to do *something*, somehow.
I've witnessed amazing dialogues here on ned, that focused on rapidly-developing humanitarian crises in vulnerable places (e.g. Darfur and CRISIS in Sudan/Chad).
I have one or two partly-baked ideas of my own (I *excel* at these), and will attempt to overcome my timidity, to put them forward. I'm hoping others might do the same, or perhaps will assist me in further baking mine.
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