Doctors Without Borders that have exemplary reputations for delivering the good. So what else can we do?
We can all go to Care2's Petition Site and ask for Haiti's international debt to be cancelled. Help Haiti get a fresh start!
The petition asks U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to use his influence to persuade international lending institutions and countries to do the right thing and drop Haiti's debt.
The Jubilee USA Network has been working on debt cancellation for Haiti and the other world's poorest country for many years and last year did manage to get a huge chunk of Haiti's international debt canceled, but nearly $1 billion in debt remains for the world's fourth-poorest country.
If you were a slave, how much would you pay (if you could) to be free? The slave colony Haiti won its freedom from France in 1804, but 20 years later, surrounded by French warships, Haiti was forced to agree to compensate France for the loss of its colony-- some $21 billion in today's terms.
At the peak of Haiti's debt, some $1.4 billion, some 45% of that debt was estimated to occur under the U.S.-supported dictatorship of the Papa Doc and Baby Doc Duvaliers. I think we have a special responsibility in this country to get this debt canceled. Sign the petition and then call the White House at 202-456-1111 and leave a message for Geithner. It's the least we can do.