Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Dirt Cookies?

Here's a terrible story: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080129/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/haiti_eating_dirt

I read this article in the news today about how the people in Haiti are so poor they can't afford food, so they eat dirt. They form mud into cookies and eat them sometimes for 3 meals a day. WHaaat??? How horrible is that? I felt awful when I read this today, because I'd spent the morning bothering a co-worker to bring in donuts for breakfast before going out and buying a $3.00 cup of coffee after lunch. Three dollars for a cup of coffee is a silly luxury that I don't think that much about...how much food could that buy for a whole family for a day?

I feel sick to think that there are people out there so poor that they eat dirt cookies for dinner. I feel the need to look up a place to donate money to help out these people. A few I found so far are www.helphaitinow.org and www.hopeforhaiti.com - I'll have to do more research to find the one that reaches the people most in need.


Carolyn said...

Make sure you really do your research before sending your money somewhere. The orphanage I worked for in Africa had 2 websites saying they were raising money for them, but the orphanage never saw a penny of it.

Mish said...

yeah, that's what i'm afraid of. it's sad when people are truly in need and others truly want to help them...and some jerk in the middle is profiting from that.

Alex Fleisig said...

that sucks

i used to make jokes that you should finish your food... because there's starving people in ethiopia... and all they have to eat is sand...

i didn't think people actually ate dirt... I think I would prefer sand...

hey... are you still giving to that compassion international thing?... I still have two kids... although one of them dropped out of the program and they gave me some other random kid... not with the name alex... I used to have alexander, and alexandra'... but now I have some girl named julia or sarah or something... she seems nice... but its just not the same

i need to remember to write them letters and send drawings... I only sent drawings once... and I almost never write them... they must think I hate them... but really I'm just forgetful and lazy