I’m proud to keep donating to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). This account by medical worker Natasha Lewer is one reason why:
I’ve volunteered to go to west Africa because I heard that Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was getting desperate for people. When I tell Mary in HR, she says she has three questions: “1) Do you know that you don’t have to go? 2) Do you know that if you get sick, we won’t bring you home? 3) Do you know that if you die, we won’t bring your body back and you’ll be buried there?” I know MSF is famous for being straight-talking, but I’m still a bit taken aback. I answer yes to all three and go home to look for my passport.
The bravery and self-sacrifice of these men and women, and the value of their work, are worth a thousand times whatever we can give them. If you have the means, step up.
By the way, atheists have an amazing, record-setting track record supporting Doctors Without Borders (funny how you never see Joe Klein mentioning a word of that). Reddit Atheism has been fundraising for the organization for years.
Whatever your god-belief or absence thereof, at this stage of the expanding Ebola crisis, your willingness to support Doctors Without Borders means more than ever.
Oh, and if you’re not in a position to give the organization a leg up financially, offering moral support and good wishes won’t cost you a penny (nor will tweeting or Facebooking this):
Doctors Without Borders is asking our supporters to leave messages of encouragement for our staff working in Ebola projects in West Africa. Most are national staff who come from the countries and communities where the disease is taking an enormous toll, and they are experiencing the devastating effects of Ebola at home, as well as at work. Let them and all of our staff know you support their efforts.
Thanks for helping!