The recent Haiti earthquake comes as a perfect storm of disaster for an already suffering nation. While we are not a disaster response organization, we know that many friends of LOTI are eager to give generously and wisely to help in this relief effort. Thus, we have consulted LOTI contacts that have disaster relief expertise and are on the ground and can be trusted, to gather information on how we might best support those in need. To assist you in deciding how to give wisely, we have compiled a brief list of guidelines and recommendations.
General guidelines for giving* (From Texas in Africa, 2010):
Now or later?
We see merit in both supporting immediately, as well as waiting for the dust to settle and providing support in the future. Many are inclined to give immediately, so itís helpful for some people to wait and assist in the long-term.
Large or small?
Many large organizations like Red Cross and World Vision, as well as several smaller organizations are each doing good work. However, keep in mind that smaller organizations are often more nimble, and can support the efforts of larger organizations once the bigger organizationsí capacity has been reached. Certainly your support for both will be helpful.
Again, we encourage you to give generously and to pray faithfully with us for the nation of Haiti during this tragic time. Feel free to contact LOTI at firstname.lastname@example.org with additional helpful information.
+ LOTI does not partner with or benefit from any contributions made to the orginizations listed on this page.
* NOTE: This information was taken from the Texas in Africa Blog - http://texasinafrica.blogspot.com/