NPR ran a story yesterday about the recent spike in cholera cases in Haiti. This was a follow up to their story last week about cholera being on the rise. Then today, a major story on ProPublica broke about the Red Cross wasting hundreds of millions of dollars in Haiti since the quake.
As I travel the world, the thing I hear most often is "I want to do something but I just don't know what". One Hundred For Haiti's Rural Water Project saves lives. And we can only make that happen over the next five years with help from people, organizations, businesses, schools, bands, and so on who step up and spread the word and also donate.
We are as DIY as can possibly be. All labor for the projects is Haitian. No one makes money from One Hundred For Haiti and no money is wasted. We do what we can, when we can, with the resources we have. We do not have million dollar donors like the Red Cross and other inflated organizations. Our budget is small and bare bones. But we make things happen while others waste time and money on bureaucracy.
In the next few weeks, in addition to the water project, we want to launch a major anti-rape initiative to educate people about child sexual assault in rural communities throughout the south of Haiti where child assaults are on the rise. We can only do these things when people step up and help. If you want to be involved, and make a real change in the world in a place most people have forgotten about, the time is now.
Check out our website at: http://www.onehundredforhaiti.org. Be in touch with ideas, and more importantly action, anytime.
NPR links: Yesterday's story: http://tinyurl.com/npr-cholera1
Last week's story: http://tinyurl.com/npr-cholera2
ProPublica expose on Red Cross: http://tinyurl.com/propublica-redcross