My name is Todd Kaderabek and I am the Chairperson of Mission Manna, Inc. Mission Manna is a faith-based organization located in Western North Carolina that provides medical care for malnourished children and continuing health care education for adults in and around the Haitian town of Montrouis.
As many of you are aware, Haiti was hit with a devastating earthquake yesterday and is now in need of humanitarian assistance to a degree above and beyond what we have ever known. I have fielded many questions overnight about how to best assist locally and if a donation to Mission MANNA is an appropriate way to assist in this disaster. The best answer is, no.
We are a long-term aid organization and have appreciated the love and support provided by many in western North Carolina for 10 years now—and we hope that support will continue into the future. That said, now is the time to donate to disaster relief for Haiti and we would suggest the following:
• I have contacted and have confirmed that the most local of these organizations, Samaritan’s Purse, is en route to Haiti. I hope that they will respond in Haiti but again, I do not have confirmation. I would encourage you to contact them directly. [ed note: link to Samaritan’s Purse news release: http://www.mountainx.com/news/2010/how_can_ashevilleans_help_haiti_after_its_devastating_earthquake ]
• Non-locally, we would suggest supporting UNICEF, Hands on Disaster Response, the International Red Cross and/or AmeriCares.
• There are countless other relief organizations working in Haiti so if you have a favorite, please consider a contribution.
The bottom line is this: Haiti needs your help. Please, consider Haiti.
Todd J. Kaderabek