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Helping Haiti Week Announced


Helping Haiti Week Announced

Helping Haiti LogoIn response to the catastrophic earthquake that occurred in Haiti, Carnegie Mellon's Division of Student Affairs, Student Government and student organizations are working together to raise money for relief efforts. Members of the university and Pittsburgh communities are encouraged to participate in following events and fundraisers scheduled for this week:

Dollar Campaign
Noon–5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 18, University Center

Additional collections will take place at various locations across campus throughout the week of Jan. 18–22. The Dollar Campaign's goal is to collect at least one dollar from every student, staff and faculty member at the university, which potentially could yield more than $16,000. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be donated to four nonprofit organizations:

Hôpital Albert Schweitzer

Hôpital Albert Schweitzer, located 42 miles outside of Port-au-Prince, escaped earthquake damage and is treating a constant flow of patients. Founded in 1956, the hospital is operated by Ian and Lucy Rawson of Pittsburgh. Jim Tinsley, a former Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture employee and former husband of Carnegie Mellon librarian Lynn Berard, is the facilities director for Hôpital Albert Schweitzer.

Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders is working to provide surgery and basic care to victims.

Brother's Brother Foundation
This Pittsburgh-based organization promotes international health and education through the efficient and effective distribution and provision of donated medical, educational, agricultural and other resources. The foundation is collecting personal hygiene items for victims.

Yéle Haiti
Founded by musician Wyclef Jean, Yéle Haiti builds global awareness for Haiti while helping to transform the country through programs in education, sports, the arts and environment. The organization is raising funds and delivering emergency services and materials to victims.

Additional organizations may receive donations depending on the amount of funds raised through the Dollar Campaign.

Wear Red for Haiti Day and Teach-In
Tuesday, Jan. 19

Members of the community are encouraged to wear red in support of Haiti. In addition, faculty members are encouraged to hold a five-minute classroom teach-in about the people, history and culture of Haiti.

Download a poster about the people, history and culture of Haiti.

Prayer Service
Noon, Wednesday, Jan. 20, University Center Chapel

Candlelight Vigil

9:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, The Fence

Sponsored by Amnesty International, Facilitating Opportunities for Refugee Growth (FORGE) and OM, a spiritual organization for Hindus, Jains and Sikhs.

Do Something for Haiti Day
2:30–4:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22, University Center

Student organizations, led by the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, will join the Pittsburgh-based Brothers Brother Foundation (BBF) to collect hygiene items for earthquake victims. Items requested include plastic buckets, baby wipes or wet wipes, non-liquid soap, washcloths, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs and brushes. All items must be new, and BBF asks that donations do not include shampoos or materials that might leak.

Updates regarding additional relief efforts will be posted on this News Blog site and on the Helping Haiti Facebook group site at

Click here to download a poster promoting the event.

Abby Houck