Dear HWC Members
Most likely you have not been thinking about REALLY getting involved with the Haiti Relief effort. Perhaps you have been watching the news unfold. You saw the initial devastation and total SHOCK on the faces of the people.
There was no crying. Just stillness in the aftermath of the earthquake. Then people started to move, scream for help, cry and pray. In your minds you are thinking, if only we could get them some Aconite for shock, Arnica for shock and bruises, Hypericum for crushed and damaged nerves, Stramonium for terror and fright.
You are quick to think, but not quick to act.
As we continue to see videos and images of people helping, surgeries, searches for the lost, digging to uncover the injured, riots and looting by those who have no water and food, violence by those who are desperate because they can't appease their drug addiction, wailing of those who have lost all loved ones and every other emotion and behavior you can imagine, we ask, 'What can we do?" I'm considering going down to Haiti with my husband, Rob, when the region is stabilized and safer to travel.
Talk and Consider What Part You Will Play
Honestly, maybe deep down in a hidden part of myself, I want to go and help like those who volunteer for the Peace-Corps in war-torn countries. We understand that the Red Cross cannot be trusted, and the United Nations has its own biased problems. There are a few good organizations. We can connect with them and also form our own group of leaders.
Does Age Matter?
I'm not very young anymore and have to consider potential dangers and the needs of my own family. So, where do you draw the line? How do you make a decision? What is a potential reality for you? Are you up to a trip to Haiti? Can you donate some time and money elsewhere that will be a 'giving' act?
My Home Town
Here, in my state of North Carolina, I know someone in the Disaster Relief section of State Government. They are massively preparing for an influx of immigrants. North Carolina was safe harbor for the Katrina victims. The army and reserves got on ships and planes and brought people out of the city. Churches worked night and day to find clothing, shelter and food. There were huge fund drives. People were generous ~ so much was given and so much not accounted for. Counselors volunteered to deal with the emotional traumas. There are very few homeopaths here. I might be able to count them on my hand. I'm wondering, "How can I help?"
What organizations are open to using homeopathy?
Maybe, I can contact some of the counselors and give a presentation on homeopathy and trauma? I'm brain-storming ideas.
We Can Do A Huge Fundraiser
Using the power of the internet we can raise money. But, we must have good use for the funds and we can appeal to those with goods to donate. There must be an organization to the process to store, transport and house everything. There must be people on the scene who can use these goods and properly administer them.
People Power Needed
If you are still thinking, "What can I do?" Continue to talk about it with your loved ones, friends and family. Don't feel that you are alone. We can all come up with good ideas together. Then we can make it a reality.
One More Thing ~ Adoption
It's been less than a week and there are an incredible number of orphans. There were orphans in Haiti before the earthquake. But, now, the numbers are enormous. They are reducing the stringency laws for processing through the adoption process. If you are in a position to adopt, this may be something for you.