Day 19 – Help Haiti

19 01 2010

The overwhelming tragedy in Haiti consumed me today as I read details in the morning paper. I’ve been looking online at relief efforts and how to help — and also trying to decide how to honor my great uncle who passed away two weeks ago. I was considering planting a tree in his name or a donation to his church.

On my run — when I so frequently find clarity these days — I realized I could combine the two donations through an organization called Partners in Health. Uncle Brady was a great doctor who helped so many people during his lifetime, so I think he would be pleased.

I worked with PIH on a case study for my client, Serenic, which provides financial management software for nonprofits like CARE, Unicef and other international groups who do amazing work around the globe. I was so impressed with PIH’s mission and the person I worked with there. Sure enough, they had an “in memory” form on their website.

An excerpt from the case study: “PIH was founded in 1987 with one clinic in Haiti and a vision to bring the fruits of modern medicine to those who need it most – showing the world that providing comprehensive medical care to entire communities is not just possible, but essential. PIH has three goals: to care for its patients, to alleviate the root causes of disease in their communities, and to share lessons learned around the world. The organization and its founder’s story are chronicled in a best-selling book, Mountains Beyond Mountains: Healing the World: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer.”

With so much devastation in an already poor county, every dollar helps. Please do what you can through whatever group you choose to support!