Efforts Continue on Behalf of Haiti

Bricks for HaitiStudents, faculty, and staff at Alfred State College continue their efforts on behalf of Haiti relief. In just three weeks, a variety of activities has netted a total of $7,350.31. Among the most visible is the growing paper brick wall being built in the Central Dining Hall on the Alfred campus. Additionally, student leaders have voted to forfeit the end-of-the-year awards ceremony so the $1,500 used to host it can be put into scholarship funds for students applying for the opportunity to travel to Haiti to do relief work. Another Student Senate initiative involves forgoing the traditional carnations handed out at Commencement; students have voted to donate that money to the scholarship fund as well.

Dr. Douglas Pierson, (VMD) ASC assistant professor, Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department, and several members of his family plan to lead a group of 10-12 students on the relief trip to Haiti after commencement.

Pierson and his wife Debbie, who lived in Haiti for three years, would like to assemble a response team comprised of students from the Building Trades, Nursing, and Agriculture & Veterinary Technology departments.

Pierson envisions this team being capable of helping in multiple areas of work in Haiti: nursing students would be linked with an American doctor and his wife who manage a medical facility in Gressier (located about 10 miles southwest of Port au Prince, and close to the larger town of Leogane where, it’s been reported, 90 percent of buildings have been lost to the earthquake), and also travel into surrounding villages for community health outreach. Building trades students would be linked with a school or medical facility in the Gressier area, and agriculture and veterinary technology students would provide community animal health care in Haitian villages and also help in the construction efforts of the building trades students.

Details for this trip remain tentative until such time that commercial travel to Haiti is restored and that conditions on the ground in Haiti, particularly in the area of security, would allow the group to travel to Haiti with a reasonable assurance of being in a safe environment.