Friday, February 26, 2010

Quiet desperation

Today was an exercise in patience.  We've been waiting and waiting for word that the containers were off loaded and that the M/V SeaHunter was on its way here.  Still waiting. 
Received some food and over-the-counter medical supplies this morning from a warehouse in Nassau that were brought in by plane.  Don't know who was behind this but it is much appreciated.  Food and clothing are the hot items right now which explains our anxiety regarding the SeaHunter. 
We were visited again by individuals representing several large NGOs.  They are very curious about the Cavaillon children so we're thinking that there's something going on to which we are not privy.  The kids are adjusting amazingly well and have begun integrating themselves with the others.
Met with some folks who want to start a soup kitchen for poor families.  We'll probably join them if they can organize it without our help.  We're talking something like 500 families.  Couldn't keep this up for very long but we're hoping that Cross International will continue to help and maybe another non-profit, too.  By the way, if your looking to support a wonderful and effective non-profit, consider Cross International.  They have been with us for years, through thick and thin, and have not faltered.  Look them up on the web. 


  1. A local doctor who spends half of every year in Haiti is quoted in today's paper as follows:
    "The ultimate goal of any effort, she said, should be to make the country independent. But she sees most efforts, both pre- and postearthquake, as focusing on rescuing instead of sustaining.

    "Poverty is a business. If they resolve things in Haiti, what business will they be in?" said Wolff, referring to agencies that have a large presence there and companies that provide goods and service for a country largely dependent on others.

    "How long is this country going to be like this? It's going to be like this forever unless we start doing development in a serious way. I'm not at all confident that the earthquake response is going to go anywhere but rescue."

    Next time you have to deal with the "fat cats" with the cold a/c and big SUV's, hit them with the "Poverty is a business" statement
    and see how they react.

    If you want to read the whole article it is here: It's pretty interesting

  2. Educating every child is the only way out for Haiti.

  3. And with what authority are these large NGOs making visits and passing judgements? Last I heard Haiti was still a free country and IBSR was in charge of the welfare of Haiti's children . . . the effort should be made to support IBSR.

  4. Still have not heard from anyone regarding Cavaillon kids. Not that I could provide much more than my own, rather ignorant perspective on things....but, it seem rather interesting to me that there has not been one call or question. I am so sorry you were left with this, and so glad the kids are safe and will continue to do whatever I can up here to raise money and folks to come and help. So, sounds like meds are needed. Which ones?? Should I get in touch with Cynthia?
    thw my emailis

  5. I'm going to be indecent & angry. This whole situation is a SNAFU. Those of us old enough to know what this means will have to agree.
    Who in PaP needs to be paid off in order to let Sea Hunter complete her mission?
    Why do representatives of the NGO's show up with questionnairs, but without any actual help for hungry & displaced people?
    It is about time that the generous people of the World know that their hard earned contributions are being wasted by the big charity machines.
    Offices, vehicles, tons of paperwork are what you are paying for. Take a step back to evaluate where your money is actually going.