Saturday, January 16, 2010

Clinton Bush Haiti Fund  

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Something many thought impossible; three former presidents standing united. But for the greater good, at the President's request, Bush and Clinton have teamed up to do as much as they possibly can.

No one can even begin to give estimates on the lives lost, people missing, or dollars of damage done; the figures are almost incomprehension. By no means a wealthy country--indeed, Haiti is actually the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere--Haiti has been hit hard by this earthquake, in terms of structural damage and, most importantly, lives. Aid is getting there as fast as possible, but for many it isn't fast enough. And the need for aid far outweighs what is available.

"Our immediate priority is to save lives. The critical needs in Haiti are great, but they are also simple: food, water, shelter, and first-aid supplies. The best way concerned citizens can help is to donate funds that will go directly to supplying these material needs."

As far as I know, every relief effort wants money. They don't want canned food or blankets; what they need is money. They know how to spend this money far better than the general public. They also need money for things they can't solve with food--for instance, fuel. They need to get there, and for that, they need money for fuel, supplies for themselves, and equipment, a lot of equipment. They need cranes and other heavy duty machines; medical equipment; sanitation supplies and more that we would never think of. There is also a desperate need for water. On top of water and food, relief efforts bring with them tablets to purify water and equipment to produce drinkable water.

"Clinton and Bush oversee the CBHF through their respective nonprofit organizations, the William J. Clinton Foundation and Communities Foundation of Texas. One hundred percent of the donations made to the Clinton Foundation go directly to relief efforts. Ninety-nine percent of the donations made to the Communities Foundation of Texas go directly to relief efforts."

You can donate directly to the Clinton Bush Haiti fund here or by mobile phone: Text the word "QUAKE" to 20222 to donate $10 to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, charged to your cell phone bill. I said it before and I'll say it again: even one single dollar will help.

It will be hard, but everyone can help. The strength and determination of the aid parties is matched only by that of the Haitian people, as President Obama points out:

Yesterday we witnessed a small but remarkable display of that determination – some of you may have seen it – Haitians with little more than the clothes on their back marched peacefully through a ruined neighborhood, and despite all their loss and all their suffering they sang songs of faith and songs of hope.

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