The crisis in Haiti has captivated me for over a week now. I keep MSNBC rolling on my monitor during the day, and find myself frozen at times by the horror and devastation that these people are experiencing. It's tough to understand and all I want to do is help!!
I become an EMT-B this March (cross your fingers I pass the state board exam). I'm researching Mercy Corp and Medical Teams International volunteer programs for people with medical certifications. Medical Teams International will allow an EMT-B to volunteer a week of their time by assisting surgeons and nurses at hospitals or at disaster/emergency sites. I have my passport, so that won't be a problem it's the funding. The trips range from $1,800-$2,500. When the time comes, I'm thinking in February when I can review my schedule and decide if I can commit to this, I will start trying to get sponsors and donations. I want to go to Haiti for a week during my Spring Break from school.
My partner in school, Trent, really wants to help the Haitians so I think we'll be trying to raise the funds together. I plan on hitting up the owners of the dealership I work at, Ron Tonkin Toyota. They do a lot with UNICEF and donate locally. I've been with this company over six and half years, so I hope they can donate some money towards an amazing experience for me, and the big payoff is putting my training to good use.
I will also be able to bring supplies with me but I won't know the specifics until I'm assigned.
I'm very thankful for my life here in the US when I watch from the comfort of my home the hardship the Haitian people are going through. Please donate!! The American Red Cross are working wonders over there.