Haiti Relief Efforts on campus

Want to help Haiti earthquake victims, but still don’t know how?

The office of Student Activities has heard about several separate groups who would like to respond in some way to the tragedy that occurred in Haiti. One group of students has planned a meeting and we encourage various groups to attend and coordinate efforts to maximize the impact of our community’s actions.

The earthquake that recently struck Haiti has created tragedy unlike anything the country has ever faced before. If you would like to be part of the relief efforts contributed by the Wesleyan community, please come join the Haiti Relief Action Team. An open meeting will be held Friday, January 22 in Usdan 108 at 4 PM.

Your help is needed.

Organizers: Sabine Vilsaint, Pedro Ventura, and Jonna Humphries. Please direct any questions to JHumphries@wesleyan.edu

Date: Friday, January 22
Time: 4 pm
Place: Usdan 108

Also, today Broad Street Books is hosting  a fundraiser by selling Haitian-made gifts and art from Haiti’s Back Porch, a gift shop on Main Street:

Haiti’s Back Porch, located on main street, is an extension of the Haitian Ministries of the Norwich Diocese. The ministry’s mission house located in Port-au-Prince was destroyed in last week’s earthquake. The ministry’s partners have yet to all be accounted for and there is already word of devastating loss as well as the miracle or survival.The staff at Broad Street Books felt compelled to assist in the relief and when we heard that there was a neighbor so greatly impacted we immediately decided to do whatever we could to assist. We have worked with our campus partners and Haiti’s Back Porch to offer a wonderful gift basket as a raffle prize. The basket includes:

  • Wesleyan apparel and gift items
  • A signed copy of President Roth’s book Looking for Los Angeles courtesy of President Roth
  • A gift certificate courtesy of the Red and Black Café
  • A certificate for a FREE spring class courtesy of Green Street Arts Center
  • A certificate for 2 free tickets to a show courtesy of The Center For the Arts

All wrapped up in a unique Haitian made gift basket from Haiti’s Back Porch. Raffle tickets are $1.00 each or $5.00 for an arm’s length. We hope you’ll join us!

Haiti’s Back Porch, at 100 Riverview Center in Middletown, offers a fine selection of art, crafts, clothing, and specialty foods from Haiti. We purchase directly from Haitian artisans and artisan collectives to bring the finest items to American buyers.

Haitian Ministries for the Diocese of Norwich, a 501(c)(3) and an organization affiliated with the Catholic Church, does not discriminate in any way in its work in Haiti nor in its hiring practices. As “Partners for Haiti,” we seek to help those in most need, regardless of their faith or affiliations.

Mission Statement: “Helping Haitians help Haitians”

We have a commitment to a permanent presence in Haiti to empower and support Haitians helping Haitians in their struggle for self-determination.

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