The Fordham Law School Disaster Relief Network (“DRN”) is a public interest student group that was formed in the fall of 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina with a mission of serving populations affected by natural disasters. We have made nine successful trips to the Gulf Coast region, but, because of the catastrophic earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, we have chosen to focus our immediate efforts on the people of Haiti, and we seek your assistance to make our trip a success.
On March 14, DRN will send a group of fourteen Fordham Law students and the Dean of Student Affairs to Haiti. DRN is partnering with Voices for Haiti ("V4H"- www.voicesforhaiti.org) to run a week-long day camp for orphans and other children affected by the disaster who are currently living in a tent-city in Cabaret, about 15 miles outside of Port-au-Prince on property owned b V4H.
While media attention on Haiti is fading, the need is escalating. Schools and businesses remain closed, and individuals continue to live in tent cities. We are soliciting donations to help us provide meals for the children who attend the camp and to purchase games and sporting equipment, which we will then use during spring break and then leave there when we depart. Although the cost of food is relatively inexpensive, the costs will mount quickly over the week to welcome every child who wishes to attend our camp. Additionally, we hope to fulfill the wish list of our partner organization and its orphanage and school by bringing needed medications and personal hygiene items for the population of that tent city. Further, if your contributions allow, we hope to begin the construction of a planned public park and soccer field that will provide a lasting impact long after our trip has ended. The cost to begin construction is estimated at $5,000.
Our goal is to raise an additional $10,000-$15,000 to assist with some of the immediate and long-term needs of the people we will serve. If you wish to make a tax-deductable donation, you can also send a check payable to Fordham University School of Law and with Disaster Relief Network in the memo, to the Public Interest Resource Center, Fordham University School of Law, 140 West 62nd Street, Rm. 08, New York, NY 10023.
Thank you very much for your support,
Fordham Law Disaster Relief Network
For more information on the status of Haiti's schoolchildren, please see this recent NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/07/world/americas/07schools.html?hp
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