Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum are saying that it is now time to start plugging for donations for relief for Bangladesh in the wake of Sidr. I mildly disagree. Let me explain.
At this moment, I have yet to find a single on line secular vehicle for donating to this particular issue. If you go to the UN, for instance, there is a button you can press on a site that discusses Sidr to give WFP money, but there is nothing indicating where this money goes once you’ve pressed it.
Just as the world’s press was unready and apparently still is unable to deal with a major disaster in remote and neglected Bangladesh, the relief channels are not quite ready either.
So, my plan is to keep an eye out for vehicles to help, and I’ll post what I find. By the time YOU read this, there may be something available that I’ve missed, or I very well may have missed something. Send me what you know about or comment below.
Remember: I know there are lots of places to give away your money. I’m looking for a relief agency that is a) secular and b) actually acknowledges that this disaster is happening and that they intend to help.
I also understand that in the long run it is better to leg agencies like UN WFP make the decisions about what is needed and where it should go. And in the long run I’m happy to do that. Hopefully they will get more money and stuff for Sidr than they need and can then do something useful with that. But I do not believe the system is exactly optimized or clean, if you know what I mean.
So let the relief agencies show us that they are not living in a cave by typing four letters on the web page asking for your money:
Can’t be that hard.