to help Haitians

Give your money to the ones who are truly responding: Team Rubicon.

I’ve been reading their blog since they deployed, and in most areas of Port-au-Prince they have brought the first medical attention anyone has seen.

They’re a private group of former military medical and security specialists, with emergency, orthopedic, and neurology medical experts accompanying them. The ex–Marines/ex–army guys provide triage and first–responder duties, as well as logistics and security services. This allows the highly skilled doctors and nurses to provide hospital–type care: surgery, post–op. They are not always working inside hospitals!

What Team Rubicon has, that the larger aid organizations and even the US military don’t seem to have, is the ability to move quickly, to respond and provide assistance in the field, directly to the Haitian people, who have suffered more than enough. The team has not been hung up trying to get into PaP or out of the airport: the very first team members self–financed and entered through the Dominican Republic, hiring local drivers and translators. They stage from a Jesuit mission, and in most of the areas they have entered they were the first help seen by the Haitian people.

I cannot really put into words how inspired and humbled I am by these men, particularly Jake Wood who had the idea and acted immediately to make a difference in the lives of a people touched by tragedy. I recommend their blog to you, so that you can read and be inspired for yourself.

I don’t have a lot of money to send them, and I’m rather wishing I had back the money we donated to a much larger aid organization, to give to Team Rubicon. But maybe you will be inspired by them also, and assist their efforts to get in there and do the job. They are in the process of setting up as a 501(c)(3) — but even if that doesn’t come through, Team Rubicon is making a difference for the good now.

As you can see, this is not a post about music. It’s a post about life.

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