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Haiti: Looking to Volunteer

January 15th, 2010 (04:25 pm)

If anyone who reads this can: I'd like to volunteer, and looking for an organization hosting. Requesting transport, inoculations and life support on site.  Working on Cirriculum Vitae for any team in need, but skills focusing on communications infrastructure, light construction, crisis emergency management, project management, team leadership, electrical, emergency medical, security, improvisation, sheet meatlwork, welding, smithing and some French. 

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Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 16th, 2010 04:33 am (UTC)

http://www.officersofavalon.com/avalon_cares.html

Posted by: Howard Tayler (howardtayler )
Posted at: January 16th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)

Reposting to my blog, just in case.

Posted by: ssanfratello (ssanfratello )
Posted at: January 18th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC)

Thank you, Howard!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 16th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
Haiti

There is an organization called Convoy of Hope in Springfield Missouri that was already on the ground, helping with food and development and is working on boosting their efforts. They have helped in the US and many other countries, and may be interested in having your assistance in delivering relief.

Here's their website. http://www.convoyofhope.org/

James Neal, Fair Grove, Missouri
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Posted by: Lampshade (annelidsquisher )
Posted at: January 16th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Haiti

Hi, I'm here courtesy of Mr. Tayler. You want to talk to an NGO- a non-government organization, aka an independent humanitarian effort. As a rule, humanitarian orgs run by institutions (gov't, religion, etc.) are either partisan or mismanaged. NGOs answer to no one but their own donators, and carefully choose who they accept donations from such that no one bloc can claim a majority of donations and try to manipulate relief & development efforts by threatening to pull funds.

There are two biggies I'd recommend working with who are already on the ground and active in Haiti:

International Medical Corps (imcworldwide.org)

Medecins Sans Frontieres (doctorswithoutborders.org)

They each have slightly different perspectives, but apply to both. They usually are in greater need of skilled bodies than funding, and ought to be able to provide what you need. I've worked for IMC personally and cooperated with MSF folks on occasion, they're both great orgs that take great pains to make every dollar and every person-hour stretch as far as it possibly can in service to the people they are trying to help.

Best of luck, and let me know who/where you get there with!

-D.K.

Posted by: ssanfratello (ssanfratello )
Posted at: January 18th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Haiti

Thank you!

Posted by: ssanfratello (ssanfratello )
Posted at: January 18th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Haiti

Thank you!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 16th, 2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
An organization to look into

http://www.canaanorphanage.org

We have an ER doctor already on site in Haiti but it sounds to me like the skills you have could be useful in many ways. Canaan wasn't damaged in the quake but is likely to be providing shelter for many survivors in the near future.

Posted by: ssanfratello (ssanfratello )
Posted at: January 18th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
Re: An organization to look into

thank you!

Posted by: sundre (sundre )
Posted at: January 18th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC)

Aid organizations sometimes post jobs here:

http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/res.nsf/doc212?OpenForm.

Many of those hiring for placement in Haiti may be looking for volunteers as well.

Posted by: ssanfratello (ssanfratello )
Posted at: January 20th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

Posted by: mzmadmike (mzmadmike )
Posted at: January 22nd, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)

I also can vouch that Sal is a character.;)

It looks like the town of Jacmel on the south coast is about 40k from Port au Prince and the most viable entry. Email me, I have contact (email) with a group trying to put something together from near both our geographic area.

The orphanage would be a good place to go. They need a lot of help keeping secure against mass looting, while they try to help others.

I'm checking in FL to see if any charters are getting together.

Be advised the US military presence is likely to top 50K or more very soon, though I have no idea where we'll put everyone.

Doctors without Borders has a bad reputation among the military and contractors for showing up underequipped, and blackmailing supplies from them through threat of bad PR. I understand the desire to help no matter what, but pissing matches are not helpful.

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