11 responses to How do the Amish help Haiti?
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    Comment on How do the Amish help Haiti? (January 23rd, 2010 at 13:41)

    So the Amish use their aid drives as a way of building their communities. That’s great. But have they ever thought of the long term effects their aid is having on the communities they are supposedly helping? Obviously the earthquake is a special scenario, and much immediate aid and assistance is needed. But the death toll in Haiti would not have been so horrific if the country had had a manageable population – not only because the overall population would have been smaller, but because there would have been far, far better housing, medical services, and government infrastructure. (By comparison, I think the last earthquake to hit California that was 7.0 or higher killed, like, a couple of dozen people). One main reason the country does not have a manageable population is because people in Haiti are free to have as many children as they want (as opposed to having as many as they can afford) knowing that aid from the developing world will provide for their basic needs, which it does, wholesale. Even before the earthquake, the country was completely dependent on foreign aid.

    I’m reminded of stories of Christian missionaries seeking out isolated tribes in the New World and Africa in order to spread the word about Christianity, only to end up infecting them with killer diseases against which the tribesmen had no immunity. The urge to help is all well and good, but sometimes the best thing you can do for someone is to leave him alone.

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    Comment on How do the Amish help Haiti? (January 25th, 2010 at 13:32)

    I don’t think I’m going to be provoked by Mark’s comment – it seems a bit off-base here.

    Most people think of the Amish as insular, but the amount and type of outreach they do is a good example for other Christians.

    I love these auction pictures, since as a Plain Christian in a non-Plain community, I don’t often get to see large groups of people who look like me!

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    Comment on How do the Amish help Haiti? (January 25th, 2010 at 16:02)

    I agree with Magdalena. The political atmosphere of Haiti isn’t what this blog is about. People helping people is always inspirational to me and if it furthers their community strength, then that inspires me as well. I’m sure I’d be clostrophobic in there so I love seeing the pictures from someone else’s standpoint!! ha ha

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    Comment on How do the Amish help Haiti? (January 26th, 2010 at 18:11)

    Christian Aid Ministries is another Ana-Baptist organization that has done great good in many places.
    I appreciate the willingness of these people to do the work that they do.

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    Comment on How do the Amish help Haiti? (January 27th, 2010 at 06:41)

    Thank God for the Amish and Mennonites, they roll up their sleeves and BE THE CHANGE.If only more people would follow their example,stop complaining and start doing,just imagine the world we COULD live in.They walk their talk and are the some of the only TRUE example of GODLY people I have actually ever met.I think more Christians ought to learn by their example and stop listening to any church leaders who spout politics,and their opinions..and pass judgement about what they do not understand and in blind ignorance lead the masses straight off the cliff!.example (Pat Robertson).If we are not here to help one another and love and care for others,than I think many are missing the whole point of why we are on this earth!

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    Comment on How do the Amish help Haiti? (February 1st, 2010 at 14:45)

    I’ll respond to the first comment- Actually, what is seen in the poorest populations on the earth is high birth rates and high infant mortality rates.

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    caroline newman
    Comment on How do the Amish help Haiti? (February 4th, 2010 at 14:34)

    What a great web site. It is a wonderful way to reach the seeker such as myself. THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS!! I live outside Atlantic city and I need this site.

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    Linda Funk
    Comment on How do the Amish help Haiti? (February 5th, 2010 at 18:00)

    I understand the Amish are helping building homes and furnishing them for the disaster in Haiti. This is one group that I believe would use every donated dime for the reason it was sent. But I can find no place to make a donation!

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    Comment on Amish preferred charities (February 7th, 2010 at 08:51)

    Amish preferred charities

    Hi Linda, you know, with these types of things I believe the Amish tend to operate primarily through the charities I mentioned in this article, MCC and MDS. I haven’t heard specifics of what Amish are doing outside of the Haiti auctions, but sounds like there are other efforts being made as you mention. I would be surprised if Amish traveled to Haiti themselves, but I suppose it is possible. Thanks for your comment!

  • Does charity always reach the people that need it?

    Hi Caroline, thanks for your kind comments!

    As far as the aid to poor countries discussion, just to make a very general comment I think there are some points to be made about whether aid actually ends up in the right hands. In disaster situations I think aid to help deal with immediate catastrophe is without a doubt the proper response and the generosity of people from around the world has certainly done something to relieve immediate suffering, which is the main point in the aftermath of these types of disasters.

    Over the long term, I tend to think efforts might best be directed in helping local communities develop their economies with the long-term goal of becoming self-sufficient. In a lot of recipient countries, unfortunately the population aid is intended to help sees little or none of it. I think the imperative though is helping develop self-sufficiency and growing the economy, however that is best achieved. There are a number of issues tied up in this one so I’ll probably leave it at that for now.

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    Comment on How do the Amish help Haiti? (January 22nd, 2011 at 01:49)

    The great thing about the Haiti Benefit Auction is that the money is not handed over to the Haitian government or large mismanaged organizations. The funds go directly to the charities doing the work in Haiti. Most of them having very small overhead, and teaching the people of Haiti the skills needed to fulfill the mission of the charity (Drilling Wells, Educating Children, Building Homes, etc.)

    So, in a way, the money is not only helping to feed, cloth, shelter and educate, but it is helping to provide jobs and skills that help to make the Haitian people more self-sustaining and contributors to their own society.

    Unfortunately Mark’s comment above is very misguided. The people of Haiti are amazing, resilient people and the procreation of offspring is certainly not done because they know other counties are going to provide for them.

    Health care, education and outside assistance is precisely what they need. Most the women who enter our medical clinic for the first time, are not aware that their ministration has anything to do with reproduction.

    Helping those who can not help themselves and building our community is not only our spiritual role, but the role of our species. May society continue to give and grow as the Amish are doing with the Haiti Benefit Auction.

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