Earthquake Hits Home

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The earthquake in Haiti hit close to home with Professor of Psychology Jeannette Diaz – LaPlante. A frequent visitor and researcher in Haiti, she returned from the small nation days before the quake.

The earthquake in Haiti hit close to home with Professor of Psychology Jeannette Diaz – LaPlante. A frequent visitor and researcher in Haiti, she returned from the small nation days before the quake. “The people of Haiti are some of the most resilient, creative and courageous people I know,” said Diaz-LaPlante. “If any people can rise from a tragedy like this, it is the Haitian people.

"What we need are human and financial resources to heal the physical and mental trauma people are experiencing right now and to slowly rebuild Port-au-Prince.” 

Diaz-LaPlante had been developing a grant program with colleagues in Haiti. She has been following the events as they unfold there.

“Organizations on the ground have not skipped a beat and are already rebuilding,” said Diaz-LaPlante. “Haiti is not only our neighbor but an integral part of the economic and social history of our country. We are partners.”

Here are a few links to blogs, twitter and websites on the Haiti earthquake and for ways to help in its recovery:

http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/
http://www.redcross.org/
http://www.fonkoze.org/
http://www.lambifund.org/
http://www.yele.org/
http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor/getconnected/supplies/health-kit/
http://oxfamamerica.org/haiti
http://www.charitywatch.org/hottopics/Haiti.html