Mexico Setting a Worldwide Example: Donations to Haiti’s Earthquake Relief
Tibor R. Machan, researcher at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, titled one of his books “Generosity: A Virtue in Civil Society”. Today, though in front of a terrible human tragedy, the world is genuinely showing what thousands of years of evolution and civilization could proudly account for. Empathy and generosity throughout the world shine in Haiti’s obscure times.
Among all this generosity, Mexico stands apart. According to Reliefweb data published by The Guardian, Mexico occupies the 7th place among donations sent by countries worldwide- not agencies- to Haiti´s earthquake relief. After Mexico, there come countries like Denmark, Canada, Japan, Norway and Spain. Even more surprising, donations by the Mexican government amount to eight times those by New Zealand, 2.3 times Germany’s donations and five times that of Italy.
It is certainly not an issue of a sad competition. Mr. Machan remembers the Greeks in his book and comments; “Generosity, is no tantamount to altruism, which means putting others first. To be generous means to extend goodwill towards others because one’s own happiness is thereby enhanced, because one lives a fully human life if, among other things, one lives generously”.
To this day, Mexico has sent more than 150 natural disasters specialists, more than 50 tons of food, and six thousand meals, among electricity plants and water treatment plants on board three airplanes Hercules C-130 of our Armed Forces, the Hospital Ship Huasteco and the Papaloapan Ship that has been present when Katrina and the tsunami.
It is not the first time in history that Mexico stands for its solidarity, its generousity to those of its kind. This week Mexico has become a world example of a civil society and its government tuned on the importance of showing goodwill towards our fellow humans.
Country Million usd*
1. USA – 100
2. U.K – 30
3. Sweden – 18
4. Brazil – 15
5. China – 10
6. Australia – 9
7. Mexico – 8
Total World 741