So often giving money to a charity is abstract. You donate to an organization, that organization works on research or advocacy or “awareness” or sometimes even concrete projects. Still, it’s rare to fully get your head wrapped around exactly what your dollars and cents are doing. And of course everyone has their own pet projects, so it seems for every contribution you make, 3 more organizations or friends promoting organizations come up who need help as well. I, again, find myself joining this chorus. But this time the need is immediate and the results tangible.
I love supporting Haitian Families First because this is a bare-bones organization and you really SEE how your contribution is making a difference. There are some necessary administrative costs (as there are with every organization, but HFF does a good job of keeping these down), but other than that, the money goes directly to the mission itself: Helping Haitian families. And most importantly, helping Haitian families help themselves. HFF focuses on projects that enable families to become self-sufficient. Amazing things all around.
But in an organization like this, there is no margin for error. You depend on everything going right, because it has to go right, because there’s no room to catch up if it doesn’t. And recently, HFF hit an unexpected roadblock and needs some help. The latest shipment of milk and formula was contaminated. Here in the US, we could just take it back to the store and demand a replacement. Things aren’t that easy in Haiti, especially when you have a whole lot of people to feed. They need to ship in replacement milk and they need to pay for medical services for the kids who got sick. No money means no milk. And no money means no medicine.
HFF is running a campaign through CrowdTilt for the money they need to get the extra milk (and get it fast). The full campaign isn’t looking for that much and every little donation will help. Think about how much you pay for a gallon of milk at the store… $5? $6? Maybe you’ll kick that cash towards these kids who definitely need it. I contributed today. I hope you will too.