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Helping Haiti

Of necessity, my contribution had to be a small one, but this afternoon I visited the Partners In Health website in order to support their earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.

Like many, I first learned about Partners in Health from Tracy Kidder's book, Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World. Susan pointed it out and recommended it to me when she, Gavi, and I were at the library's used book sale at Old Home Day here in Wales a few years back. 2007, most likely. I think she even bought it for me.

In reading the book, I of course learned about Haiti, too, especially the realities of health care in Haiti. This paragraph from the BookBrowse summary explains better than I can why I chose to give my modest few dollars to the Partners In Health earthquake relief efforts:

Mountains Beyond Mountains takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy that "the only real nation is humanity" - a philosophy that is embodied in the small public charity he founded, Partners In Health. He enlists the help of the Gates Foundation, George Soros, the U.N.’s World Health Organization, and others in his quest to cure the world. At the heart of this book is the example of a life based on hope, and on an understanding of the truth of the Haitian proverb "Beyond mountains there are mountains": as you solve one problem, another problem presents itself, and so you go on and try to solve that one too.

BookBrowse also has a good interview with Tracy Kidder. Thanks to a public event malibrarian arranged, I heard and saw Tracy Kidder talk about Haiti and Mountains Beyond Mountains at Westfield State College a few years ago.

Partners In Health is just one of the charitable organizations in a good position to help with earthquake relief efforts. I direct you to SmofBabe's post from earlier today for useful links to others.


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Jan. 14th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
I just made a donation to MSF (Doctors Without Borders) and the International Red Cross. I've watching the coverage on CNN. I'm just horrified at the extent of the destruction and the fact that these poor people are already in such dire straits after the hurricanes and the general systemic poverty. The lack of a really functional government is going to make this so much worse.
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