It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, though that’s more about my inattention than any decrease in the amount of pain and suffering in the world, unfortunately. But as you probably already know, Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 storm, hit Haiti earlier today. It’s far too early to assess either the human or physical costs, but it’s a safe bet that both will be high. The storm is currently hitting eastern Cuba, and then it will continue north through the Caribbean before it begins to affect Florida and the US east coast.
Immediate aid will be needed for people who have been displaced and long-term aid will be needed to rebuild houses and other structures. If you have the ability, you might consider giving to one of these charities or others not listed here (please do some research first; I’m trying to stick to 3- and 4-star charities per CharityNavigator.org, and even for highly rated charities I find it’s a good idea to look into them a bit if you don’t already know about them):
- Direct Relief
- Mercy Corps
Red Cross(don’t, actually; their record in Haiti is very problematic)
- Concern Worldwide
- International Medical Corps