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Project Haiti-The Need Still Exists
$16 raised
16% of $100 goal
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3 Years running
To help with the growing need for support in Haiti, the students of the Penn State Soc119 class are finding ways to raise money to fund relief efforts. Haiti is in bad shape economically, but there is a spirit throughout the island – and people ...

To help with the growing need for support in Haiti, the students of the Penn State Soc119 class are finding ways to raise money to fund relief efforts.

Haiti is in bad shape economically, but there is a spirit throughout the island – and people who are yearning to make a difference in not only their own lives, but also the lives of others in their communities. Their goal is to provide immediate humanitarian aid to those most in need: patients in the local hospitals who do not have access or cannot afford food and hygiene products. To do so, Haitian volunteers need funds to purchase food and products, cook and prepare care packages, and distribute them to patients.

The students of Soc119 are raising funds that can be passed on to community volunteers in Haiti to purchase goods. These goods are then distruibuted to the ill and injusred patients in the hospitals in Port Au Prince. Because of the poor economic state of the country, patients have to rely on family and friends to provide food and hygiene products. Our goal is to help these patients and their families during these hard times.

About Haiti

Already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti suffered a tragic blow to it’s growth, health, and sovereignty on January 12, 2010 as a result of a devastating earthquake. The disaster killed over a quarter of a million people and left 1.5 million homeless — approximately one fifth of the country’s populace. The problems facing the Haitian people are vast. And yet, as with all things involving the life force, Haitians continue to move forward.

Who are our Haitian Partners?

Very simply, we are working with Haitian youth and women from all over Port-Au-Prince who attend the same church. They are connected by their faith but not limited in their belief to help unconditionally. They are caring community members who are willing to act and put others before themselves. They can contribute their time and energy towards this effort, but do not have the necessary funds to carry out their activities.

A number of hospitals are involved in this project and give permission for the group to enter the medical facilities. These hospitals are public institutions that are filled with patients beyond their capacity yet work to care for all those who are admitted. The facilities have limited funding to fully provide for all the patients – and so they accept the helping hand of the community.

Past Contributions

Previous Soc119 groups were able to raise funds that were recently used in the Haitian Hospital Initiative. In August of 2012, the youth group and the women were able to purchase local produce in making food for the General Public Hospital in Port-Au-Prince. For the first time, the group was able to purchase enough produce to make food for the entire hospital inpatients. Additionally, 180 patient care packages were made consisting of hygiene products that were also distributed, 40 of which were baby care packages with clothing for newborns (custom made by a local entrepreneur). The purpose is to keep these events consistent throughout the year by utilizing the Soc119 funds in this activity.

If you want to help Haitians through this difficult ordeal, donate today.

Thank you!!!

All of the money that is raised funnels through a microfinancing group, Poverty Resolutions. Poverty Resolutions helps us to legitimately pass the funds we raise to the initiatives we are part of in Port Au Prince.  They help us ensure that 100% of the funds we raise are used to local and sustainable efforts that help both Haitians and SOC 119 students work for years to come.  

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