News of the Haiti earthquake is everywhere these last couple of days, and my husband and I just made a donation to one of my favorite organizations, Doctors Without Borders. From their website,
"Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe... MSF's work is based on the humanitarian principles of medical ethics and impartiality... MSF operates independently of any political, military, or religious agendas."
The organization has won the Nobel Peace Prize for its work, and one of the things I love about them is their committment to remain neutral. This neutrality can in no way be interpreted as indifference - two very different outlooks which are unfortunately often confused. MSF works to alert the public to crises and abuses which occur "beyond the headlines, to criticize the inadequacies of the aid system, or to challenge the diversion of humanitarian aid for political interests.".
In short, this is a great organization of people who put their lives in danger to help those in dire need of medical assistance, and I think they're a group worthy of attention and support. If you only have a couple of dollars to give to help them with their current efforts in Haiti, they accept donations of any size. And a "little" something I noticed when I filled in the donation form - their dropdown menu for choosing your title includes the options of "Mr. & Mr." and "Ms. & Ms.". I knew I loved them!