After reading the article "Nobody wants your old shoes: How not to help in Haiti," I was left feeling discouraged and disappointed. The author makes some very valid points about the most effective way to help channel aid for disasters, but I feel like those who want to help are left with nothing to do. The author was extremely negative and pessimistic, saying not to donate clothes or medicine because we don't know what is needed. The author also says not to fly to Haiti, because you will only become an extra burden on the aid-workers. He basically says that all we can do is donate money. I understand that money is crucial in Haiti right now, but just throwing money at a problem will not always fix things! In my seminar (Origins of Global Poverty) last semester, we discussed how foreign aid can be the most effective. Funneling massive amounts of money into big organizations doesn't always solve the problems because there is no accountability or native people running the programs (who would actually know what is needed). Rather than just smoothing out the surface of what's going on in Haiti, aid workers need to take a serious look at how Haiti came to be the way it is today. The roots of poverty need to be examined and addressed. Rather than trying to fix everything at once, individual problems need to be looked at (although still in a interdisciplinary way). I also don't know if I completely buy into this blogger's argument that no other form of donations are helpful. Surely organizations could use some more trained workers. Even if a few Americans can go down *with an organization* and help rebuild, or go down to witness the atrocities themselves, they can return to the U.S. with ideas of how to keep this tragedy from repeating itself. Maybe a combined approach would work. Am I crazy, or what do you guys think?