Originally Posted by Elon
I don't trust any kind of corporate or organizations in the United States. I have seen them all fail in many third world countries in person. The majority of help will come from the United Nations and the military. There is no need to provide medical aid if they cannot bring food and water in. Save a mans life to let him starve to death.
I have seen several truly help people in the third world - even worked with a few both domestically and abroad. To be fair, I have never worked on an issue as serious, devastating, and widespread as what is currently going on in Haiti. I want to make my career in development in Latin America in the Caribbean and I absolutely would not have those ambitions if I had not seen the results. The Clinton Foundation is one foundation I regard highly for their ongoing work in Haiti, for instance.
The World Bank is a completely different monster and I wish it would stay far, far away from Haiti as it is the root cause of many of the problems there.
Yes, there needs to be food and water in the country ASAP. However, this cannot be done until more roads are cleared. Airspace is precious and the port is destroyed, so much of the aid is going to need to come over from the DR- and those roads are rough even when not damaged by an earthquake. Many of the roads through Port-au-Prince are blocked but those are secondary priorities until the bodies are recovered. I do not know of the organizations specifically focusing on that issue- it's all a mess now. However, the nation will need continuing medical care long after the current crisis is over due to the completely decimated sanitation system. That will take months to get under control. Medical costs are some of the most expensive necessities at present which is why I focus on Doctors Without Borders.