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"Nobody wants your old shoes: How not to help in Haiti" was the first article I read.  It was a bad one to start out with.

This article while helpful in telling what type of aid is beneficial and not right now at Haiti, carried an angsty tone that I don't think would leave too many readers wondering, "what more can I do to help?"  Because of the harsh tone in this blog post I was also very surprised to see it was actually written by a global health professional.  He was quick to say that money is the only thing we can contribute as long as we're not trained specifically in healthcare.  He also says choose wisely where to contribute your money.  But he leaves it at that and does not go on to recommend any worthy organizations and how they are planning to utilize those funds.  Only in the many other articles from the Economist and New York Times about the influx of aid, can you gain a better understanding of how you're contributions would alleviate the current suffering.

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  1. Unknown User (scrane)

    I also read this article, and found it very intriguing, particularly the comments.  I agree with Amy in that it did not offer many options as to where to give money or how to determine good places to give money.  Resources like Charity Navigator would have been helpful to have referenced.

    I agree with what Alanna Shaikh is saying-"donating stuff instead of money is a serious problem in emergency relief."  It can take the place of much needed supplies and often be more of a burden than a help.  People on the ground know what is most needed and best used-we should give them the ability to provide that. 

    Some of the commenters seem like people I would love to know and really learn from, while some seem very ignorant but would still be intriguing to have conversation with.  Others seem frustrated with NGOs and distrustful in major ways.  One of the most interesting parts to me is the comments about the Haitian Embassy asking for donations of "stuff" not money (Mozza, Matt, and Shawn all commented on this).  There seems to be a breakdown between what the government is communicating and what Shaikh and other "development professionals" who commented or people with experiences in this situation are saying.  Who should be listened to? Is this an example of disconnect between a government and its people? Or the work of outsiders trying to help a situation they do not fully know?  From what I have read and heard, the Haitian government does not appear to be the most functional, even before the storm, but should we then forego their requests?  Who knows best?