Not sure what to post about the earthquake in south Asia over the weekend. Natural disasters are certainly fresh on my mind, as I just received pictures of fallen trees laying on top of the house where I grew up. As horrible as Katrina and Rita were, these earthquakes were worse. The papers are reporting that in many place, no aid has arrived. Hopefully Americans (and the American government) will be generous in helping Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan cope with the aftermath. Everyone should have their own favorite aid organization by now, and I urge you to give.
This tragedy also highlights the need to give money to these organizations to use where it’s most needed rather than to respond to a particular disaster. Since Katrina, we’ve seen Hurricane Rita, Hurricane Stan, and now the earthquake in Kashmir. Choose a reputable relief organization and let them decide what to do with your money.