Thursday, January 14, 2010

Disaster Relief in Haiti

Anyone who's connected enough to be on the internet and reading blogs (especially an obscure one like mine) no doubt is already aware of the ongoing crisis in Haiti spawned by the recent earthquake. Right now the low-end estimate of the death toll is around 45,000, with countless people wounded and even more people displaced and without adequate food and clean water. Keep in mind that even in the best of times Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and has essentially no meaningful disaster-relief infrastructure. Right now it's a living hell.

As humanists, and more importantly as human beings, we have a duty to help those in need. If you've got the means to do so, I urge you to make a donation to either Doctors Without Borders or the Red Cross. I can assure you that it's well worth it, even if you can only afford to give a little. Both of these organizations do a lot of good in the world, and the aid they give isn't predicated on any sort of religious or political conversion on the part of the recipients. If you haven't supported either of these groups in the past, today is the perfect day to start.

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