Kids Are Starving To Death In Haiti and It’s 2008!

I am heart broken when I read these stories. I donate to a charity in Haiti called the Lambi Fund that gives aid to familes to grow their own food and become self-sufficient. I really needed this reality check. The holidays are here I was feeling down about what I ain't got while these babies are dying from malnutrition.

The hurricanes that have swept across the gulf hits this nation particularly hard. Each storm wipes out crops and livestock.

In pockets of Haiti accessible only by donkey or foot, children are dying of malnutrition — their already meager food supply cut by a series of devastating storms that destroyed crops, wiped out livestock and sent food prices spiraling. At least 26 severely malnourished children have died in the past four weeks in the remote region of Baie d'Orange in Haiti's southeast, aid workers said Thursday, and there are fears the toll will rise much higher if help does not come quickly to the impoverished Caribbean nation. Another 65 severely malnourished children are being treated in makeshift tent clinics in the mountainous area, or at hospitals where they were evacuated in Port-au-Prince and elsewhere, said Max Cosci, who heads the Belgian contingent of Doctors Without Borders in Haiti. One evacuee, a 7-year-old girl, died while being treated, Cosci said, adding: "The situation is extremely, extremely fragile and dangerous."SOURCE

Most places will let you direct funds directly to the Haitian initiative or program of your choice. It's Thanksgiving guys. If you want to donate, I suggest checking out these organizations:

Charity Phone Web site
Pct. of income spent on charitable programs
ADRA International 800-424-2372
American Friends Service Committee 888-588-2372
American Red Cross 800-HELP NOW
CARE 800-521-CARE
Christian Children's Fund Child Alert Fund 800-776-6767
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee 800-55-CRWRC
Church World Services 800-297-1516
Direct Relief International 805-964-4767
Food for the Hungry 800-2-HUNGERS
Habitat for Humanity International Asia Tsunami Response Fund
International Rescue Committee 877-REFUGEE
MAP International 800-225-8550
Plan USA Asia Disaster
Save the Children 800-728-3843
United States Fund for UNICEF 800-4-UNICEF
World Emergency Relief
World Vision 888-56-CHILD
Doctors Without Borders USA 212-679-6800
Sources: Associated Press, Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

Do you donate regularly to a charitable cause? Which one and why?

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