Friday, June 05, 2009
I periodically give money to Food for the Poor, an efficient charity that manages to get a very high percentage of its contributions and other revenues directly into its charitable operations, which deliver food and build housing for desperately poor people. The organization has posted a slideshow of starvation in Haiti and its efforts there, reminding us how lucky we are to have been born in or to have come to the United States.
If you donate a little money now, you'll be glad you did all weekend.
Any time you get called by a supposed charity, be sure to ask them what percentage of the money you donate actually goes to the charity.
85% or better is good. Say "No Thanks," for lower numbers.
By law the callers are required to know that number.
Haiti is high on our (my company) priority. I've been pondering a lot about how we can construct pre-fabbed containerized factories that can be dropped anywhere where their is a port.
The southern peninsula, particularly central and western areas on the Gonave side are looking particularly attractive.
I see Haiti as very centrally located for distribution to Africa, the US eastern seaboard, Europe and South America.
The people need work, are industrious, creative in their solutions to problems, etc.
Corruption is a persistent problem, and we accept that initially some sort of "bite" may need to be paid.