Daily Archives: January 15, 2010

Lewiston doctor, volunteer group postpone trip to Haiti

By Mark LaFlamme

Lewiston Sun Journal

January 15, 2010 12:01 am

Dr. Cynthia DeSoi’s first impulse told her she should go to Haiti as planned. Many people there are in desperate need of help. Several are children. Helping children in Haiti is what DeSoi has been doing for many years.

But common sense prevailed. DeSoi and her group, scheduled to fly to the quake-battered country Sunday, have decided to wait.

“The impulse is to go there. We all want to go,” DeSoi said. “But right now, it’s too chaotic. There are no roads. There’s no way for our volunteers to get in and out. There’s no way to feed them or get them a place to stay.”

Here’s a link to the rest of the story.

Mainers learn fate of their interests in Haiti

 Mainers learn fate of their interests in Haiti.

How to help Haiti


Staff Writer

Gov. John Baldacci joined the American Red Cross in asking Mainers to donate money to support relief efforts in Haiti and channel any desire to volunteer into local action, rather than a trip to the impoverished Caribbean nation.

Since the Tuesday’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake that may have killed tens of thousands of people, hundreds here have called the Red Cross asking how to help. About a quarter have offered to travel to the country.

Here’s a link to the rest of How to help Haiti.

Mainers seek ways to provide relief to Haiti – Bangor Daily News

 Mainers seek ways to provide relief to Haiti – Bangor Daily News.

Mainers help water flow to Haitians | Portland Press Herald

 Mainers help water flow to Haitians | Portland Press Herald.

Wayne student evacuated from Haiti

Wayne student evacuated from Haiti

Updates on family trickle in from Haiti| Portland Press Herald

Updates on family trickle in from Haiti | Portland Press Herald.

Better Business Bureau’s website on giving to Haiti, charities

Here’s a link to the Better Business Bureau’s landing page on giving to charities. They have suggestions and recommendations to avoid being scammed. Follow the link to a button specifically to giving in wake of the earthquake in Haiti.

How is this right? How, how, how?!

(Sometimes I wonder why we bothered at all to bail out banks and bankers. Was it so they could pay higher employee compensation packages? Or to print up forms telling us to expect more charges on our bank and credit card accounts? How is it that an average bank employee is worth $400,000 when teachers, nurses, social workers, etc., make a fraction of that and can barely make ends meet? How, how, how is this right?! – KM)

Headline: JPMorgan investment bankers to see record payday

NEW YORK (Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) on Friday announced a record $9.3 billion payday for its investment-banking employees, setting the stage for competitors like Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) to also make eye-popping payouts.

On a per employee basis, JPMorgan investment bankers, sales staff and traders, on average, are set to make about $379,000 for 2009, up more than $100,000 from 2008, when the broader financial sector was mired in crisis.

“People looking at it from the outside look at the dollars and say they are high,” said Kenneth Raskin, the head of law firm White & Case’s executive compensation practice. “There is no question the dollars are high. The question is whether they were deserving.”

Median U.S. household income in 2008 was $50,303.

Here’s a link to the rest of the story.

Red Cross continuing to push aid to Haiti amid difficult conditions

Here’s a link to the Red Cross webpage about giving.

 Red Cross Continuing to Push Aid to Haiti Amid Difficult Conditions.

Here’s a link to a blog about other agencies and how to give, if you can. It comes via Change.org.


Back in business: E&P sold, resumes operations

(I hadn’t seen this yesterday. This is good news for journalism and newspapers. — KM)

 Back in Business: ‘E&P’ Sold, Resumes Operations.

Chance for more Mainers to help those in Haiti

 Maine newspapers over the past couple of days have had stories on Mainers in Haiti, usually there before the earthquake either as part of a charitable mission, as students, or to visit family. Those stories also had links to charitable agencies and tips on how to avoid being scammed.  

The best way for Mainers to help now after the earthquake is to give cash to established charities, because scams are already out there. Established charities, especially those with a presence in Haiti before the earthquake, is where donations should go.  

And it doesn’t have to be much – pass on that pack of cigarettes and send the $5 you would have spent on that; skip a movie rental one night and send that money; ask your children to empty their piggybanks for the children of Haiti. That is all you would need to do.  

A first thought might be, “Well, they need food, don’t they, and water and other basics. Let’s have a food drive!”  

The thing is that established charities can buy more food and other necessities that we can individually.  

And – this next thing may be even more important than the established charities’ buying power – those established charities often buy locally, thus stimulating the economy there, which is something that needs to be done.  

If you cannot give money, try donating time to a local charity or giving blood. Those actions might not help the people of Haiti, but someone will be helped.  

Here’s a link to the Idealist.org blog item on how to donate or volunteer.  

And here’s a link to a blog supposedly written by an aid worker in Haiti. It was passed along to me by a friend, but I cannot vouch for its authenticity. Therefore, I would NOT recommend making a donation to the blog unless you can verify it’s for real. But the perspective is interesting.