I hesitated to write this post because I didn’t want to be just another blogger adding my two cents in another post about the earthquake in Haiti. But I have to. Because this is bigger than a silly blog. This is important.
And because I’m a mom.
I love my children. I hate for them to hurt. Last week my son hit his head on the side of his bed when he was playing with his brother. I knew he was really hurt because I know what his “pain” cry sounds like. I hurried to comfort him and we got “Owie Pig” from the freezer and applied it where he hurt. Then we sat and rocked until he was ready to get up and play again.
Like many of you, I’ve been watching the news today. I hadn’t turned it on before now because, honestly, I didn’t want to see it. But not seeing it doesn’t make it not so. Today a lot of mamas have children who are hurting and there’s nothing they can about do it. They need more than “Owie Pigs” and Band-aid tattoos to fix their babies’ hurts. I just saw a video of a hurting baby whose mama can’t help him because she died in the earthquake. It’s almost too much to bear.
I can’t go to Haiti. I can’t physically be there for those children who are hurting. But I believe that as someone who says that my life’s aim is to be more like Jesus and to glorify God, I can’t sit here and watch the news and do nothing. Thankfully, there are people in Haiti who can help and I can financially support them as they get aid to as many hurting people as they can.
Unfortunately, all groups are not trustworthy. The FBI is warning of several Haiti charity scams that have popped up in the wake of this earthquake. It’s important to do your homework and know who is financially responsible and will be able to put your money to good use in a timely manner. I support two organizations who are currently in positions to help people in Haiti:
Compassion International (This information was taken directly from this post by Shaun Groves, Christian recording artist and the blog manager for CompassionBloggers.com. If you have a blog of your own, I highly recommend that you read this post.)
Why Compassion? Compassion sponsors and donors serve more than 65,000 children in Haiti. At least a third of them live in the areas that were hardest hit.
The FBI is suggesting that donations only be made to organizations monitored and rated by CharityNavigator.org and The American Institute of Philanthropy. Both organizations have given Compassion International their highest approval ranking. Compassion International is the only non-profit in its category to receive eight consecutive years of four star rating from CharityNavigator.org.
Also, in this disaster it is crucial that first responders receive support quickly. Because Compassion International ministers through local churches to meet the needs of that church’s neighbors, and because these church partners are respected aid workers in their communities, Compassion is uniquely positioned to assess and meet the needs of its sponsored children quickly. This is an advantage of their “church-based model” that has been in practice for more than 50 years.
You can click on the words Compassion International to make a donation, or you can text the word “disaster” to 90999 and send $10 to Compassion that will be added to your cellular phone bill. It takes a few minutes to get verification that your text was received, but it’s an easy process. *UPDATED TO NOTE: According to Verizon telephone company, it can take between 60 and 90 days for a charity to receive a donation from the time a wireless user texts a donation so a direct online donation is the quicker way to get financial aid to Haiti.
Samaritan’s Purse: The first Samaritan’s Purse cargo plane landed in Haiti Wednesday with emergency relief supplies for victims. They deployed emergency teams just hours after the earthquake hit. They are already in place and are already working to meet the survival needs of the Haitians. Our church has worked closely with Samaritan’s Purse and has helped deliver Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to Amigo Fiel in Mexico. This organization is the real deal. They know what they’re doing and they do it well. Here is a link to Samaritan Purse’s statement of financial accountability.
I am sure that many other reputable organizations are doing great things in Haiti. These are the two charities that my family has chosen to support. Just do your research and make sure you’re giving your money to people who will use it wisely.