15 January 2010

craft hope for Haiti

Did you know that in the wake of natural disasters, the best help comes from organizations like Unicef and Doctors without Borders? Studies show that they are many times more effective than the military in helping in these situations. So, while it is awesome that the US and other nations are sending in troops and supplies to help the people of Haiti, it is crucial to lend support to humanitarian organizations if you can.

Craft Hope for Haiti Shop Spreading seeds of hope one stitch at a time

(Actually, the best help comes from citizens on the ground helping each other out; in the wake of disasters, people do not panic, they are smart and generous and help each other out. Crime rates go way down and people that wouldn't typically work together set aside their differences to get things done. People are awesome and kind. The media does us a great disservice when they talk about looting and otherwise further disaster myths.)

I have donated one of my baby quilts to craft hope for Haiti. It should be posted shortly in the craft hope etsy shop . 100% of proceeds from the shop go to Doctors Without Borders. Please consider shopping at their store, making a donation of your own craft good to craft hope, or donating money directly to a humanitarian organization.

If you want to read more about disaster studies, look for this article:
Tierney, K., Bevc, C., & Kuligowski, E. (2006). Metaphors Matter: Disaster Myths, Media Frames, and Their Consequences in Hurricane Katrina. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 604(1), 57.

I think you can get it here by clicking on the left-hand link that says "Full Text (PDF)"  (I can but it is hard for me to know if you can because this IP address is identified with a University).

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