NPR ran a story yesterday about the recent spike in cholera cases in Haiti. This was a follow up to their story last week about cholera being on the rise. Then today, a major story on ProPublica broke about the Red Cross wasting hundreds of millions of dollars in Haiti since the quake. Countless people are up in arms. They have every right to be. They either passively donated and then never followed up, or just watched from the sidelines from the start, waiting for others to take action. Neither is empowering. For anyone.
As I travel the world, the thing I hear most often is “I want to do something but I just don’t know what”. One Hundred For Haiti’s Rural Water Project saves lives. And we can only make that happen over the next five years with help from people, organizations, businesses, schools, bands, and so on who step up and spread the word and also donate.
We are as DIY as can possibly be. All labor for the projects is Haitian. No one makes money from One Hundred For Haiti and no money is wasted. We do what we can, when we can, with the resources we have. We do not have million dollar donors like the Red Cross and other inflated organizations. Our budget is small and bare bones. But we make things happen while others waste time and money on bureaucracy and bullshit. And we invite your questions. We want you to be in the know, because when you hear how incredible the work is and how empowering, you will tell others, and then more people can be helped.
In the next few weeks, in addition to the water project, we want to launch a major anti-rape initiative to educate people about child sexual assault in rural communities throughout the south of Haiti where child rapes are on the rise. We can only do these things when people step up and help. If you want to be involved, and make a real change in the world in a place most people have forgotten about, the time is now. Be in touch with ideas, and more importantly action, anytime.
If you want to change the world, get involved and make the process yours. Ask questions.
Be a part of change, not just a spectator to it.
ProPublica exposé on Red Cross is HERE.