LatinaLista — There’s not a newscast these days that doesn’t lead with the humanitarian crisis happening on our southern border. The reasons for the unprecedented influx of Central American children are heartbreaking enough, but news of local organizations overwhelmed at trying to supply the most basic needs of these children now in their care tugs equally hard at the heart.
However, the problem with a crisis this massive and so politically volatile is that getting help to the people who need it can be a tough road to travel, especially if that help is coming from across the country.
Luckily, a group of compassionate friends got together to make the act of donating to the welfare of these children as easy as possible. The Dolores Huerta Foundation, Speak Hispanic, Family is Familia and a host of social justice organizations and cyber influentials have partnered to create the Border Kids Relief Project.
The goal of the site is to “give visibility to organizations doing relief work on the ground and to be a resource to those who want to help these children.” In other words, the organizers of the site don’t accept donations themselves but provide all the links, contact information and lists of critical need items that a person who wants to donate can know what to give, how to do it, where to send it and who’s accepting it.
Because there doesn’t look like there will be an end to the crisis soon, the site will also serve as an outlet for ongoing donation campaigns and help with volunteer recruitment.
“Regardless of the politics surrounding this issue, the fact of the matter is that the children and families going through this situation are suffering. As human beings, we cannot allow ourselves to become so hard-hearted as to witness this crisis without doing something to help,” said Elianne Ramos, Principal and CEO of Speak Hispanic.