A couple days ago, CNN.com called Haiti a "passing fad" because donations to the earthquake devastated country are already beginning to slow.
Now, anyone who's not a COMPLETE IDIOT knows that there's a radical difference between a "passing fad" and the natural dwindling of donations after a disaster.
Still, for funsies, just in case anyone's confused, here's a little primer:
Passing (and already passed) fads: stone-washed denim; neon as fashion; skinny jeans; Pete Yorn; energy drinks; Ke$ha; DVD's; fist-bump-as-greeting; "Jersey Shore"; every single Kardashian; MySpace; Sarah Palin (I hope); "true 'dat"; boy bands; french bulldogs.
NOT a passing fad: disaster relief in one of the most poverty-stricken countries on earth.
The fact that donations have slowed doesn't mean that Haiti isn't "cool" anymore. It doesn't mean we've stopped caring. It means that people gave what they had to give, in unprecedented numbers, and now that money has to be put to good use. Fortunately, there are many incredible organizations at work in Haiti who are doing just that.
The ongoing challenge, of course, is that due to the size of the earthquake and the scope of the devastation, there is SO much to be done. And though we may feel we've done our part by giving once, the fact is, when it comes to Haiti, more is needed.
Since I just slammed CNN.com for their lame "passing fad" article, I should also give them credit for another piece I read earlier today: Haiti By the Numbers. It will break your heart.
150,000 dead. 194,000 injured. 1.5 million homeless. 300,000 hungry children.
Those numbers are why I was so glad to receive an email earlier today from a reader named Thayer. (Cool name, right?) Her aunt, Anne, works with Partners in Health, an incredible organization that has done great work in Haiti for twenty years. (If you want to check them out on Charity Navigator, here's the link. If you don't want to follow the link, I'll just go ahead and tell you: they have four stars. That's the best.)
Thayer's Aunt Anne has "started a fundraising group to capitalize on the organizational skills, generosity, and overall awesomeness of women."
Thayer and her aunt are hoping that their group, Mothers for Haiti, "will morph into something much bigger than ourselves and our small social networks on the east coast so that women everywhere will be inspired to give."
Oh, no she didn't just make this an east coast/west coast challenge! (She actually didn't... but it's not a bad idea. As long as no one goes all Biggie Smalls/Tupac up in here.)
But seriously. I'm impressed, and I'm in.
Below is their summary of what Mothers for Haiti is all about. I may not be a mother yet, but I hope to be one of these days, so I'm giving $100 for me, and another $100 in honor of my mom and step-mom. East coast, west coast, or somewhere in the middle, this hemisphere or that one, I hope you'll consider doing the same.