Thursday, January 21, 2010


We each have our favorite charities and this is one about which we have the greatest interest and wanted to bring to your attention. From a PBS special entitled Beyond The Call, comes this statement:

Beginning in 1995, Knightsbridge International has undertaken humanitarian aid missions throughout the world and also helped children come to the United States for life-saving free medical care. Sir Edward Artis and Dr. Sir James Laws formed Knightsbridge International after their first relief mission together to Rwanda during the genocide. A third member, Walt Ratterman, joined the team with experience in renewable energy....

At the core of their purpose is a commitment to deliver aid—whether cash, food, medicine or renewable energy—directly to the clinic, school or hospital that needs it, without involving third parties (my emphasis). To make this possible the knights often travel in dangerous areas at great personal risk, funding missions with their own money, drawn from careers outside of Knightsbridge.

Each knight’s career also brings helpful experience to the cause. Ed Artis contributes financial knowledge from his mortgage banking days and combat experience from his military service in the Dominican Republic and Vietnam. Dr. James Laws, an osteopath and Chief of Cardiology, brings crucial medical experience while Walt Ratterman’s background in the solar energy business helps to bring electricity to remote parts of the world.

These men volunteer at their own expense and travel to places (where if they were caught would be shot) in order to deliver food and medical assistance directly to the people in relief efforts. The third gentleman, Walt Ratterman from Washougal, Washington, was already working in Haiti when the earthquake hit. Teams were sent in search of Walt, but as of this writing, he is still missing. You can keep up-to-date on the search for Walt and the amazing work of this group on their Current Missions website.

Please pray for the recovery of Walt along with the people of Haiti, and should you like to make a donation you can do so in the following ways:

- By Check: made out to "STEPS FOR RECOVERY" and clearly marked for KNIGHTSBRIDGE/HAITI if that is your intention and mailed to:

P.O. Box 67522
Century City, CA 90067

- Donations can be made immediately and directly online via their website

Sir Ed Artis wrote that he would continue to be the point of contact and would be updating from the field and in constant contact with the Team.