Many people have pointed fingers since the earthquake in Haiti arguing how to best help the country. Some have sent millions of dollars, convoys of supplies, troops to maintain order. Some propose canceling Haiti's international debt. Others ague that is like sending old shoes and these individuals propose an approach I think many would agree with. Shipler makes sure to point out that we as readers understand that no single variable makes you poor and that it is systematic failures that prevent mobility. Like poverty, I think Haiti should have aid that really benefits the country as a whole and not a targeted group.
One important aspect to helping Haiti I think is to not find the best solution and instead of being critical of aid that is pouring in, to find a solution that is better than those in the past.
Another key to better helping Haiti is understanding the country. The Haiti Action Committee is a movement that provides many great tools for understanding a part of the history of the country and the many campaigns to alleviate poverty. This group is not a movement that sprang up post-disaster. They have called attention to Haiti long before and I think this disaster is finding them an audience. Please check it out if you do nothing else: Haiti Solidarity.