I found this very helpful, especially about collecting items -
Thanks for posting this Jacquie. I know most of us want to help as soon as we hear of a tragedy like this but I have noticed over time that all countries have rules about what can come into their countries and what we consider vital may not be a priority to someone there. Good advice from that web site. And good for you for finding it.
Our DS found he could not go because he has no disaster training. He will go later to help with rebuilding.
I couldn't get the website
The website says what the relief agencies are now saying - send $$, not goods. Money is used to buy supplies, pay for excavation equipment, burial expenses, etc. Experience has shown that when massive goods are collected -
- the must be stored somewhere, usually a rental unit, another unexpected expense- there is usually no way to ship them cheaply
- many of these donations of goods & food wind up being distributed to the local agencies for local use.
I've made one contribution. My next one will be to DSs mission collection when they can finally get there. He believes his Feb mission will be delayed indefinitely - right now they couldn't even get to the small town where the school is. They take cash to pay local Haitian workers to build the school. That way they help the local economy and the workers have an incentive to look out for the school.