Hamilton Responds to Haiti
Student groups such as the Social Justice Initiative, LUL and SLU have been selling bracelets at the men’s basketball games as well as collecting food, clothing, and supplies. They collected $1224 that was donated to UNICEF. The Hamiltones, Special K, and Tumbling After, three of Hamilton’s a capella groups, came together to perform in the Haiti Relief Benefit Concert. They sold food and CDs, and proceeds went to various causes in Haiti. Emerson Literary Society made Valentine's cards that they sold to raise money for relief efforts. They donated proceeds to Architecture for Humanity, an organization working to rebuild schools in Haiti.
The Students For International Public Health Awareness has changed the beneficiary of its collection boxes at OPUS 1 and 2 and the Mail Center to respond to the disaster. All proceeds for the boxes in the near future will be turned over to Partners in Health, a noted non-profit with a long history of work in Haiti. A FebFest event, HAVOC’s Dodgeball Tournament on Feb. 20 also raised money for Haiti. Groups and clubs were encouraged to form a team and participate. BLSU sold candy grams for Valentine's Day to raise money for Haiti relief efforts.
Following are stories of some of the many alumni and parents who have been involved in some capacity with relief efforts:
Andrea Richardson '02 - American Jewish World Service
Andrea Richardson '02 serves as the senior program officer at American Jewish World Service. AJWS seeks to empower people throughout the developing world to achieve justice and self-sufficiency through the promotion of human rights, education, economic development, healthcare and sustainable agriculture. In response to the earthquake, AJWS has created the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund to send immediate emergency aid to communities affected by this disaster. Particular focus is being placed on aiding populations in the crisis zone that have not already been targeted for large-scale relief, such as poor and rural areas outside Port-au-Prince. AJWS's long-standing partnerships in the region have enabled them to send funding directly to grantees in hard-hit areas on the ground who have the knowledge and capacity to spend the money effectively where it is most immediately needed.
Tom Succop '58- Hopital Albert Schweitzer
Through newly established supply lines supported by generous private donations, Hospital Albert Schweitzer continues to serve the population. Established in 1956, with a credo, "Reverance Pour La Vie," HAS is one of the few reference hospitals in Haiti and was a major factor in treating earthquake patients. Now, post-earthquake, there are thousands of people, Internally Displaced People (IDPs), fleeing PauP. Locally, there are so called tent-cities already in evidence. The challenge for HAS will be caring for all Haitians requiring health care.
Dan Florea P'11 -International Relief & Development
Judy Silverstein Gray K'78 - Operation Rainbow
Judy Silverstein Gray K'78 and her husband, Rich, aserve with Operation Rainbow a non-profit organization offering orthopaedic surgery gratis for indigent children and young adults in developing countries. Volunteers respond to community need, often in the wake of man-made or natural disasters. Given the scope of the Haitian earthquake, Operation Rainbow was asked to send surgical teams to the border town of Jimani, Domincan Republic. The camp where teams have been based since January housed nearly 250 refugees, functioned as a makeshift pediatric and adult hospital, Intensive Care Unit and served as an operating facility for survivors of the Haitian earthquake. See images and stories from Haiti.
Nikki Barrett '08 works with Save the Children, one of the many international aid organizations trying to help those affected by the earthquake. One month after Haiti experienced the worst natural disaster in its history, Save the Children has reached nearly 300,000 children and adults in the earthquake impact zone. Since the early hours after the disaster, the international humanitarian agency has been providing emergency assistance to save lives, alleviate suffering and support the recovery and protection of Haitian children and families. To date, Save the Children's child protection programs have benefited more than 15,000 children through 18 mobile child-friendly spaces in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel. In conjunction with UNICEF, the International Rescue Committee and the Red Cross, the organization is registering children at hospitals and in camps so as to trace their families and reunite them with loved ones.
Maria S. Choi '03, Brian R. Meyers '00 - UNICEF