I feel cynical in my emotional unrest. I do not know what it’s like to truly suffer. My idea of suffering is a mockery to those I love so very much in Haiti. They know suffering. I Woke this morning to desperate iMessage’s from a dear young man, the son to our Saturday school director..
“I don’t know how to tell you but we have a lot of problem. My uncle that I taught you my father accompanied to the hospital is dead. It’s too hard for use (I think he meant us). He was fist born of his family and after coming back to the Dominican republic he was eflated in all part of his body, but he dies yesterday in the afternoon. Right now we don’t have nothing, you know all the country is in real trouble. Please help, my father really needs you to help him too. One the other hand, don’t know how we do (I believe he is saying with out my help there is no one else).”
What do I do with this information? If I send money in, it’s not safe for my director to go and get it. I just learned that the transfer places are out of money and the banks are closed due to looting and rioting.
Again, I have the luxury to allow this to bother me. Every Friday I have the privilege of caring for my, soon to be 13-year-old grandson. My grandson has type one diabetes. This past Friday he was out of insulin and we needed to make a quick trip to his home to get some so he could refill his pump (insulin requiring refrigeration, requiring electricity- a privilege). How fortunate that he was born in the US, having to deal with this horrible disease. I contrast the life he would have lived had he been born in Haiti. Chances are he would not be alive today. All the news of late formats my thoughts that everything we take for granted here is filtered through my mental grid of the vast inequality of life.
It is a privilege to give. It is a privilege to hurt and physically ache when you know your life is so damn easy in comparison.
Aid in Haiti (Aid in Action) is not a full-time boot on the ground non-profit. I do not live in Haiti full time. I so admire those that do! I am here trying to raise awareness about and money to help those there. I have full time people working in Haiti, I would like nothing more right now than to be there, but I would only be a drain on the already limited resources. So here I set with my emotional struggle requesting of you to help, help me help them.
President Aid in Action