While media attention on Haiti is fading, the need is escalating. Schools and businesses remain closed, many people continue to live in tent cities, and the rainy season is fast approaching.
In solidarity with the people of Haiti, Fordham Law Disasater Relief Network ("DRN") sent fourteen students and the Dean of Student Affairs, Nitza Escalera, to Cabaret, about 15 miles north of the capital, from March 14th to March 20th. DRN partnered with Voices for Haiti ("V4H") to run a week-long day camp for children of the community- many of whom are affected directly and indirectly by the January 12th earthquake. The delegation also assisted volunteer doctors at the town's lone medical clinic.
We would like to extend a very special thank you to all those who supported our efforts. Because of your generosity, we were able to run a dynamic camp and provide breakfast, lunch, and clean drinking water to 150- 200 children daily. We were also able to transport and donate suitcase upon suitcase of needed medical supplies to the local clinic.
To ensure that our visit has long-lasting effects, we are currently developing a plan with V4H to use our remaining funds for the construction of a public recreation area, school classroom, and material support for the local school.
If you would like to continue to support the community of Cabaret, you may send a check payable to Fordham University School of Law 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.
Special thanks to Upper 90 Soccer + Sport for donating equipment, footwear, and clothing for the children that attended the camp.