The devastation is Haiti is unprecedented and humanitarian aid is desperately needed. The problem of course is making sure that the aid gets to those who really need it. Haiti has always been a politically corrupt nation and now, in the aftermath of the earth quake, a lawless one. Over the years we have represented Haitians with their immigration and visa applications and have been shocked by their stories of hardship there. Like other corrupt, developing countries, foreign aid, while a noble endeavor often falls in the wrong hands. Warlords, politicians and their friends get the loot while the starving public waits in vain.
But if you feel, like I do, that doing your part in the hope that it makes even a little difference is worth it, the following are some agencies to consider in offering your support.
Canadian Red Cross
1-800-418-1111 or at any Red Cross office
The Salvation Army
The Humanitarian Coalition (CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Quebec, Save the Children)
Médecins Sans Frontières
1-800-982-7903 or 416-964-0619
CBC Haiti Relief site
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