When I heard the news, it sounded like some kind of cruel joke—Haiti was hit by an earthquake. There is no good place for an earthquake to strike, but this desperately poor country is probably one of the areas least likely to withstand Nature’s ferocity. The news coverage of the tragedy is excessive, yet somehow necessary. This is a horrible disaster and countless fellow humans need help; showing us the realities of the aftermath inspires support. My wife and I made a modest contribution, but as I watch the massive recovery efforts unfold, our donation feels like it probably should—only marginally helpful. The images of merciless destruction and bottomless grief overwhelm us. Of course, when disaster strikes, ABMP members and others call us and ask two basic questions:
- What can I do to help?
- What are you doing to help?