Posts tagged ‘Emergencies’
Some further details about the response by Irish NGOs to the January 2010 earthquake that struck Haiti. To be read in conjuction with http://dochasnetwork.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/haiti-1-year-on/
On 12 January 2010, a devastating earthquake hit Haiti. The quake killed over 250,000 people and destroyed much of the country’s capital, Port au Prince, where nearly 40% of the nation’s population lived.
2010 saw mega disasters in Haiti and Pakistan. And, despite severe economic crisis at home, a generous response from people across Ireland. This blog argues that it pays to invest in aid, to prevent future crises.
The kidnapping of Sharon Commins and Hilda Kawuki in Darfur in July 2009 has once again highlighted the dangers faced by aid workers. This blog post reflects on the importance of having, and applying, security protocols.
Here is a list of key questions to ask any “Charity” / NGO when you are considering making a donation.
I went for a long walk through Manhattan today, at the end of the last day of the UN MDG Summit.
I hadn’t had any time for sight-seeing, and there really was only one place that I had wanted to visit while in New York – Ground Zero. I wanted to see with my own eyes the site of such utter destruction, such violence and such suffering by innocent people.
Here are some short answers to those who say that Ireland cannot afford overseas aid in times of crisis.
If we want to make sure aid from Ireland is as good as it can get, we need to encourage NGOs to invest in quality, not be slave to the myth that “charities” must at all times keep their overhead costs to a minimum.
Following the catastrophic floods in Pakistan, this blog sets out a few issues relating to effective humanitarian aid, and encourages the reader to log onto http://www.HowYouCanHelp.ie, a public information website about the principles and mechanisms of effective relief.