When we look at the tragedy in Haiti, we all have a common response, and I know that many of us have received requests for help from various different groups; Following on Fr. Martin's post, I would like to stress the value of Jesuit Refugee Service on the basis of practicality--we Jesuits have no overhead, or, at least, very little--and we can promise the gift you give will go where it is needed. Similarly, the Missionaries of Charity can promise that the money will go where it is needed--not be wasted, nor sent to the wrong place, or spent on overhead. They are lean and tough. The MC sisters are simpatico with our desire to help in every sense in this moment. To give your help to the MC Sisters, click here: Both groups are beholden to no one but our shared faith, and the money will get where it needs to go. And let us all remember that Haiti is poor because we are rich, and their suffering is a cross we have no choice but to share.
Jim Keane, SJ