Well it has been a learning curve for me this week! I am new to face book, started a blog and at the suggestion of a well meaning friend, briefly opened a pledgie account to enable friends wanting to contribute to the volunteer program a channel for doing so.
It seems that there is a whole crew of people on the internet who take objection to "pledgie" style fundraising - so given I have no ulterior motive - it is simple to choose another way to have the money channelled. I intend to investigate which local charities are making a difference with least amount of $ wastage and then will provide links directly to them so that the cynics of the world can get some rest and stop trying to damage a worthwhile volunteer effort.
The good news is that while people have a differing opinion - at least there is debate and conversation.
SCENAR is well documented and researched to be effective in Russia. There is decades of research to prove its efficacy and it should be a choice for all people - and that includes Haitians. Luckily there are people willing to to donate their time and expertise to go there and get the job done.
Dr Toni Bark; MD and Helen Gracie, CEO of Scenar Health, have volunteered on a medical mission in Haiti during April 2010.