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I need to rejigger my charitable contributions. Defenders of Wildlife -- and a bunch of others, similarly -- pissed me off with a new picture of flayed wolves every day implying a new crisis for which they needed another $100. To pay the email jockey, presumably, who I'd be happy to flay personally with my 1 1/2 inch Swiss Army keychain knife blade. Peace out.

The Innocence Project, I think, is the fundamental civil rights Ur-charity. I donated in memory of Aunt Cherie. Begone, all you spring freaks at UNCF. As for the NAACP, I think I may have to join just to honor the memory of Thurgood Marshall.

I need a better global warming charity and will spelunk over at American Institute of Philanthropy to find one. Here are their A+ enviro candidates:
http://www.conservationfund.org/
http://www.rmef.org/
http://www.sierraclub.org/foundation/
http://www.tpl.org/

Charity Navigator has 96 four-star enviro charities.

Go me, I've been contributing to the TPL for nearly 20 years. A+!!!! But I'd already given to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (AIP grade: B+) for sentimental reasons, in memory of my father (he's buried at sea). Chesapeake Bay Trust is four star rated, and sounds like a better bet -- along with the four star Surfrider Foundation, to which I've contributed in Daddy's memory on and off for 20 years (he was a total beach bunny).

Women's microloans, in memory of grandmother Pure, my aunt and mother, not rated by API, four stars at Charity Navigator.
http://www.kiva.org/

Animal welfare, A+ per the AIP:
http://www.awionline.org/

I've been pretty assiduous with tiny contributions to the four-star charity Water Missions International, despite their email jockey who included me on their prayer list, or something. (Have we been introduced? You're not allowed to touch me, hug me or pray for me otherwise. Under any muthafuckin' circumstance.) They are the people bringing potable water to the Haitians, the lack of which has caused the current cholera epidemic, as I predicted nearly a year ago. If you send just $10 a pop, it literally saves a life.

In other movement of the chi news, I have settled my fathomless seamless health insurance issues, paid the bills, made a grocery list for the production of duck carcass soup and lemon cake, and hope to put away the mountain of packed-up Christmas decorations today.

I have also sworn to re-jigger and compleat the fathomless, seamless, endless, white afghan, which I do not love, before starting another ripple afghan for the blue bayou bedroom (best deal, and best weight, on shades of ice blue!), as well as to finish the 10 lords a leaping garland, just in time for Christmas 2011, before starting on the elves. I'm so psyched about the elves.

White Granny Square Tutti Frutti Ghan
Animal assistance, ca. 2008, always helpful.

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
One of Martha's more sublime ideas.
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As I predicted almost exactly nine months ago it would, a cholera epidemic is sweeping Haiti as the result of the pollution of water by unburied dead. It has reached the capital.


http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1953379_1953494_1954584,00.html


There will be no recovery, no Haitians, no Haiti unless there is potable water. You got $5? You have agency in this.

Please give all you can to Water Missions International.
https://my.watermissions.org/donate


http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/10/world/americas/10haiti.html?scp=2&sq=cholera&st=cse
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It was 10 years ago I went to Cuba for the first time and, surrounded by Spanish-speaking black people, for the first time, for the first time felt I was Home.

This is the absolutely unsurprising result of my upbringing. First memory is of my mother's arms, rocking chair, Puerto Rico, looking out the window at the dazzlingly twinkling stars and thinking that the tree frogs' undulating song was the music made by the stars. Then Africa. Etc.

So I just had to have this album of Buika, inspired by Almodovar and the cross-dressing 91-year-old ranchera singer Chavela Vargas, and recorded in Cuba, la perla de los Antilles.



Buika's tale of globalization and political exile is told in today's NYT. I have to go track down Chavela.

In other news, the cholera outbreak I predicted in Haiti, the result of unburied dead and polluted water, has begun. I did advise, after checking out carefully, contributing to Water Missions International, which, though Christian, is single-handedly doing an honest and top priority job to which no one else is paying attention.

Potable water is pretty much the third world issue. Lack of it is responsible for most of the deaths of all kinds, including in refugee camps and in genocides of attrition. Depriving people of potable water is a low-tech way to kill them.

I discover that the Haitians have never had potable water. It came in dead last in a survey of world water poverty eight years ago. The situation now is unimaginably bad, with unrecovered dead contributing cholera and other toxins to waters already fatally polluted with sewage (there is no sewer system in Haiti). The survivors, in a word, are going to die if they don't have cleaner water.


http://purejuice.livejournal.com/1539735.html


Please donate what you can.
http://www.watermissions.org/give

The Caribbean, as you might understand, is very close to my heart. Mami wata too.
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The nexus of rescuing or deporting or abusing children during catastrophes, disguised as missionary or humanitarian work, is rife in the annals of the Cambodian refugee camp literature -- the only venue of which I have real knowledge -- of the late 70s and early 80s. Medical missionaries impose Christian quids pro quo on dying people and priests/pastors don't let orphans into their camp orphanages unless all ties to Buddha were cut. One of the most active and persistent of these misguided missionaries was Art DeFehr, a Mennonite, one of Canada's richest men, who as the representative of the evangelical Christian World Relief played a significant role in the punitive food politics of the camps in Cambodia. Mennonite missionaries in Paraguay, according to the great chronicler Norman Lewis, in The Missionaries: God Against the Indians, refer to the indigenous peoples whose land they steal as schwartzes. No child abuse was documented as "Christian" parishes everywhere imported "orphans" -- though we know the possibilities were rife.

Now Jorge Anibal Torres Puello, the advisor to the Americans who were snatching Haitian "orphans" to be established in "Christian" homes has been arrested, and has a long record of trafficking children for porn and prostitution and other immigrant scams. He told them he was a lawyer. Note the yarmulke/zucchetto -- the sheep's clothing:



In the same edition of the NYT, a Vietnamese girl purchased in the early 1970s at age 5 from her mother by George Joseph England, comes forward at age 42 to tell the story of her sexual slavery. Creepy pedophile doctors in the camps adopting chidlren and gentlemen's tours of Cambodia's child brothels abound. Basically with impunity, not least because so many evil motherfuckers pretend they're rescuing children. As the ongoing and appalling saga of the alcoholic child-molester priest Hullermann -- who after 40 years of drinking and boning children was suspended only last week -- in Germany makes clear.


Hullermann, at left. A "tsunami" of allegations of child abuse by priests has erupted in the pope's former diocese in Munich in the last weeks.


All I can now do for Haiti is to remind you that no humanitarian effort will succeed if they're all dead from water-borne cholera. Please contribute whatever you can to bring clean water to the Haitians. I have checked out Water Missions International and they're the only ones to trust. It is explicitly under conditions like these that the chickenhawks descend to hurt the children. You can help.


http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1953379_1953494_1954584,00.html
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You read it here first. Please donate to Water Missions International Haitian relief earthquake fund. Cholera is a completely predictable, and ineluctable, outcome for all refugee camps and natural disasters, for which none of the NGOs are ever prepared with potable water systems. Diarrhea is the number two killer of children in the world, and it already is gripping the Haitians.

Unlike an earthquake, this you -- unlike the absolutely fucking clueless NGOs -- can do something about.


http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1953379_1953494_1954584,00.html


NYT: Poor Sanitation in Haiti‚Äôs Camps Adds Disease Risk )

Mami Wata

Feb. 15th, 2010 06:20 pm
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I am extremely suspicious of doers of good and wanted carefully to consider my options before donating to the relief of the Haitians.

Potable water is pretty much the third world issue. Lack of it is responsible for most of the deaths of all kinds, including in refugee camps and in genocides of attrition. Depriving people of potable water is a low-tech way to kill them.

I discover that the Haitians have never had potable water. It came in dead last in a survey of world water poverty eight years ago. The situation now is unimaginably bad, with unrecovered dead contributing cholera and other toxins to waters already fatally polluted with sewage (there is no sewer system in Haiti). The survivors, in a word, are going to die if they don't have cleaner water.

To which end I looked here for a reputable water provision charity and found this four-star one.

(I also noticed in my cruise of the charity watchdogs that Doctors without Borders is accused of creating new strains of the AIDs virus. Old news but not to me.)

Please donate to Water Missions International Haitian earthquake relief. Though they are Christian, they are sincerely committed to providing water without conditions to people of all faiths.

Without water, the Haitians who have survived will be wiped out.


http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1953379_1953494_1954584,00.html

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