Students Continue Haiti Relief Efforts
Posted January 21, 2010 | Atlanta, GA
When news of the devastation caused by the recent Earthquake in Haiti reached Georgia Tech's Caribbean Student Association (CaribSA), the organization began organizing various resources to assist in relief efforts.
Member Reginald Liger chartered an Atlanta division of Foundation for the World, calling it Angels For Haiti. Foundation for the World seeks to improve the condition of mankind. With support from CaribSa, Angels for Haiti is working to collect water, food, clothing, medical supplies, and money. Food for the Poor and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund will receive all of the donations and transport them to Haiti.
Relying on CaribSa members as well as other student organizations such as M.O.V.E, Angels for Haiti is already collecting donations in the Student Center, on Skiles Walkway, and during men's and women's basketball games. Students, faculty, staff or organizations with clothing, food, or cash to spare can make donations to the organization. For those who want to donate their time, Angels for Haiti also offers several volunteer opportunities.
Tapping into the Georgia Tech community's full range of resources is another key part of Angel's for Haiti's efforts. The group is soliciting volunteers on behalf of Engineering World Health Georgia Tech (EWH-GT). EWH-GT regularly partners with MedShare International to assess and repair donated medical equipment which is then sent to countries in need. EWH-GT’s January 23rd meeting will focus on repairing supplies and equipment that will be sent to Haiti. MedShare has pledged to send at least one 40-foot container of medical equipment and other supplies to the relief effort. No prior experience is necessary to participate in EWH-GT's meeting. Interested students should meet on the second floor of the Student Center in the commons area outside the computer lab at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, January 23. Future meetings will take place February 2 and 20, as well as March 6 and April 3.
For those that are short on time and money, Angels for Haiti offers another solution: Facebook. For additional information about Angels for Haiti or all of Georgia Tech's efforts to help the people of Haiti, visit the Institute’s Focus on Haiti Web site.