"The Talmud reads, 'Never pray in a room without windows.' Never pray without the world in mind, in other words. The purpose of the spiritual life is not to save us from reality. It is to enable us to go on co-creating it." Sr. Joan Chittister
There are so very many ways for us to direct some charity to the building of Haiti. Experts would agree with my use of the word building
instead of rebuilding.
During my stint at the United Nations, beginning in 1979, my Haitian colleagues would relate the state of affairs (or lack thereof) of their governmental infrastructure. It was no surprise that - when the quake hit - Haiti was ill prepared for its consequences. A quick read on Wikipedia
will give you some background.
Let me list here websites, articles and blogsites
that will give you specifics about what is going on and how you might help:Websites and Church Dispatches
For 'All Haiti, All the Time' there is no better place to go than:http://web.me.com/merelaurens/GoIntoTheWorld/Go_Into_The_World/Go_Into_The_World.html
The Rev. Lauren Stanley was appointed Missionary of The Episcopal Church to the Diocese of Haiti in September 2009.
For the Francophone's
among us, go to the website of the Diocese of Haiti: http://www.egliseepiscopaledhaiti.org/
; an English version of some articles can be found at: http://www.egliseepiscopaledhaiti.org/Crise_of_Haiti.html
The Sisters of St. Margaret have been involved in ministry in Haiti for years. Their website will give you additional information and resources:http://www.ssmbos.com/
As always, videos and articles are posted on Episcopal Life
Online, including photos and a message from our Presiding Bishop: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/episcopal_life.htm
The Anglican Church of Canada keeps us all updated on its activities at: http://news.anglican.ca/news/stories/2167
For information about the response by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is involved in, go to: http://blogs.elca.org/disasterresponse/haiti
.To make contributions
We here at The Farm recommend Episcopal Relief and Development: http://www.er-d.org/
To donate or for medical personnel to volunteer, go to: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/
Post has an extensive list of organizations providing aid to Haiti: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/12/haiti-earthquake-relief-h_n_421014.html
A Presbyterian pastor has written a hymn for Haiti, posted on the website of the National Council of Churches: http://www.ncccusa.org/news/100115gillettehymn.html