Haiti Relief Efforts Insist Cash Is Best

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – When natural disasters strike, they bring out the best in most people. Overcome with the good intentions to help, they give supplies that they feel are needed most. But what they don’t realize is that cash is best to help the victims of an international disaster.

Such was the case after the 2005 Asian tsunami. Aid workers found themselves flooded with donations that, while given with the best of intentions, could not help tsunami survivors.

Now, earthquake-devastated Haiti finds itself in a similar situation. Transporting items from America creates added expense, as well as a headache for the professional relief organizations, who have to sort, pack, move and distribute the donations.

According to Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI), cash proves far more helpful. Aid workers on the ground know exactly what victims need, and can direct funds accordingly. Many organizations have been active in Haiti for decades, so their workers have established ties with the Haitian community, know local customs and can determine what supplies will help the most.

Additionally, American dollars go further in Haiti, allowing organizations to get more bang for every donated buck. Cash donations help to stimulate the local economy and thus help to speed the rebuilding process. And those who donate cash can rest assured that their contributions will go directly to the disaster site — in contrast, many donated items have to be thrown away, often for legal reasons.

Relief organizations do not want Americans to stop donating, they simply want to spread the word: To help the most, cash is best.

“Americans can help the most by donating cash to an established relief agency,” says Suzanne H. Brooks, director of CIDI. “Helping the efforts of professional humanitarian relief agencies is the absolute best way to aid the victims in Haiti.”

For more information, visit CIDI’s Web site at www.cidi.org. To find a list of credible humanitarian relief agencies, visit www.interaction.org. The Web site www.charitynavigator.org provides valuable information about making informed decisions when supporting charities.

Couples Learn to Face Economy Together

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Money certainly can’t buy you happiness, but that doesn’t mean that suffering finances can’t put strain on a relationship.

Money doesn’t make marriages end in divorce -; in fact, financial problems might lead to as little as 5 percent of divorces in the U.S. But when money’s tight, couples feel greater strain, which can lead to more disagreements.

Couples facing money problems can gain strength from each other. Here are some tips for couples looking to support each other through tough times:

– Take time to discover each other’s real needs. One spouse might feel alienated, not because there’s less cash, but because less cash means fewer restaurant and movie nights. But couples can enjoy quality time together no matter their finances.

Free activities, like community movie screenings or museum trips, can provide fun without breaking the bank. Instead of going out to eat, couples can cook meals at home and follow dinner with a romance-inducing beverage, like Magic Power Coffee (www.magicpowercoffee.com), which combines high-quality arabica coffee beans with healthy herbs. Gingseng, goji berries, epimedium herb and vitamins help increase energy, mood elevation and euphoria -; never a bad thing when pursuing quality time as a couple.

– Take a cue from your kindergarten teacher -; use your words and your indoor voice when discussing difficult subjects. Talk about how you feel without putting blame on your partner’s actions. If you can’t discuss a certain subject without becoming angry, at least attempt to write down your thoughts.

– Come up with a plan together. If one partner handles all of the finances, the other person might not realize how tight things are, or when money will be entering or leaving a joint account. Sit down together to determine a spending and saving plan. If you are in debt, consider going to a financial counselor who can help you consolidate loans and develop a sound financial strategy.