Many Options Open for Haiti Earthquake Relief
Many of our students, faculty and staff have indicated willingness to assist with the relief effort in Haiti, including individual pledges of financial support and engagement in public service. We know that water, food supplies, first aid, and shelter are desperately needed today in Haiti, where challenges are legion even in the best of times. And beyond the first days and weeks of immediate relief, Northeastern State University is looking at long term initiatives that provide sustained connections between us and a Haitian university, college or school. In this way we will provide much needed support as they move from dealing with the trauma at hand toward returning to their primary responsibilities.
According to the Center for International Disaster Information and United Nations personnel on site in Port-Au-Prince, monetary contributions to established relief agencies are the most useful immediate response to the destruction caused by the 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12. Through the many suggestions you have offered, we have identified several ways in which you can contribute and help in this effort.
For your convenience, NSU has provided links to three suggested charitable organizations where you may donate directly to the cause.
Other Ways to Help
- Visit the William J. Clinton Foundation at www.clintonfoundation.org/haitiearthquake.
- The Tahlequah Rotary Water Purification Program. Send donations, payable to the MSNI-Haiti Fund, to Medical Supplies Network, Inc., 1123 S. Erie Ave., Tulsa, Okla., 74412, or contact Don Ruby at email@example.com.
- Doctors Without Borders at www.doctorswithoutborders.org.
- National Nurses United at www.nationalnursesunited.org.
- Believing In A Better Way, a local organization selling t-shirts to build an orphanage in Haiti. Contact Josh Murr at (918) 351-3330 or visit www.believinginabetterway.com or www.missionofhopehaiti.com.
- On campus, Dr. Steven Dunker headed efforts by the Criminal Justice department to collect funds through a partnership with Feed the Children.
- PaperClip Communiations has posted resources for people who want to help with the Haiti earthquake relief effort. The site also contains news on the efforts of higher education institution in the disaster relief efforts.
Background information on the nation of Haiti is available from the CIA World Factbook at www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ha.html.
The State Department provides information on conditions within Haiti to U.S. citizens. This can be read at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1134.html.
The New York Times on Wednesday ran an editorial and an op-ed piece on the situation in Haiti.
From the Office of Student Affairs
Haiti was struck by a 7.0 earthquake on Jan. 12 at 3:53 p.m. CST. It was centered 10 miles west of the capital and was the strongest earthquake to hit the island since 1770.
Who it has affected
The International Red Cross has stated that 3 million people are in need of emergency assistance. Most are hurt, homeless and in need of food, water and medical supplies.
Why it is a public health emergency
Haiti has significant problems with clean water and dealing with certain diseases like malaria and Dengue fever, which are quite endemic to the area. With destruction of the water supply, the people of Haiti will be at increased risk of developing gastrointestinal diseases, food poisoning, as well as worsening of injuries sustained by those in high-risk groups like children and seniors.
Why should this matter to students at NSU
When the quake struck Alex Georges (28 years old) was in a meeting with about 30 other students at a school in the neighborhood of Morne Hercule. The roof fell in killing 11 of his classmates instantly and critically injuring him and others. Alex stated, "I can't take it any more. My back hurts too much." He has laid on the parking lot's sloping blacktop for more than a day waiting for help. Just a few feet away lay the dead body of another man who appeared to be about his age.
Francklin Pierre escaped his office building but could not go far because the building was shaking so hard. "It was an eternity for me," he said. "That building was shaking like a paper." His mother and daughter survived but "We are all still looking for my father," he said. "We can't reach him. We don't know where he is."
Our contributions here can go far to help Haiti!
Northeastern Student Government Association hosted a student forum to discuss Haiti and organize student fundraising efforts on Jan. 20. Read the Tahlequah Daily Press report for information on the event.
For more information or to sign up to serve as a volunteer, please call 918-444-2526.
The Criminal Justice & Legal Studies faculty and students are raising money for the relief efforts in Haiti. All funds donated will be given to the Feed the Children's Haiti Relief Fund. Checks made out to "Feed the Children" are tax deductible.
NSU to hold community forum on Haiti
To build knowledge of Haiti – past and present – on campus, NSU will present a community forum, "Understanding Haiti," on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. in the University Center Redbud Room.
A panel of experts will share knowledge of Haitian culture and government, Haitian school systems and the processes for recovery.
President Don Betz will facilitate discussion, which includes:
A history of Haiti – A general overview of Haiti’s heritage, government, education and health systems and Haitian culture, presented by Amberdawn Moore from the
Geography department in the College of Liberal Arts.
Perspective from global servers in Haiti – A personal experience with participating in global service in Haiti. Tom Tucker and Jerod Murr are tentatively scheduled to make the presentation.
Call to action – The audience will learn how to become part of sustaining solutions for the betterment of Haiti.