Many people have been impacted by what they are seeing and hearing about things here in Haiti and have contacted us, as well as other missionaries we know to find out when they can come help and how etc. Some are contacting us to find out the best ways to help right now.
I think I can probably write this on behalf of everyone who is living here and trying to cope with things at the moment. We appreciate your desire to help out, but now is not a good time. Unless you have medical skills now is not a good time. The immediate need right now is to get medical and relief personnel on the ground here so they can do what they do well.
If you do have medical training and are willing to come please contact one of the larger relief organizations and work with them to get in here. Missionaries and other NGO’s on the ground are just trying to manage things right now and don’t have access to the resources that they need to figure out your accommodation etc while those other relief organizations do.
For those of you that want to help by coming in but don’t have medical skills you need to wait. It will be quite a while until your services can be used. The people coming in to do relief work are trained and have the resources available to deal with things here and we need to let them do their jobs. Filling planes with people that want to do some good rather than people that are skilled is not the best use of limited resources right now. Food is going to be hard to find and the situation here is something that only trained people should be dealing with. If you really want to help take the money that you have available for a plane ticket and donate it to any one of the organizations that are on the ground now.
I would also like to recommend that you read this article that was posted on Slate.com. I appreciate it’s emphasis on supporting organizations that are already in the country that can continue their work after relief efforts are moving out.