If you were thinking of writing me to ask how you can "help" Haiti or to recommend an organization you can volunteer with- DON'T. I'd like to politely ask you to assess Haiti's needs vs your skill set before you embarrass yourself. Haiti has enough @barbiesavior
who couldn't quite afford a ticket to #Africa
but still needed IG pics with cute black orphans so they picked Haiti instead. Haiti needs medical professionals (especially those who can provide rare SURGERIES), engineers, electricians, urban planners, waste and water management experts, climate resiliency experts, contractors and architects with experience in seismic proof and infrastructure👱, Creole-speaking trauma experts, Creole-speaking educators, etc. If you don't see your skills listed here and no one asked you for your help, for the love of God, stay home with your hideous matching "Omaha Saves Haiti" shirts and tell your church group and #AlternativeBreak
group to do the same!😵 Haiti doesn't need your mediocrity and people of color shouldn't be expected to accept subpar assistance to boost your ego.
The damage that has been done to Haitian communities, religion, and culture by inexperienced and imperialistic missionaries and white saviors (and their black disciples) is irreparable.
Are there any other expertise you'd add to this list based on your experience in Haiti or the developing world? #wokearoundtheworld