Operation Haiti Begins at UWG

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A coordinated effort between faculty, staff and students is underway on the UWG campus to help victims of the earthquake. Dubbed Operation Haiti, the ongoing relief effort will be updated throughout the week with a list of online resources, fundraising events and collection sites of Health Kits on the West Georgia campus.  

A coordinated effort between faculty, staff and students is underway on the UWG campus to help victims of the earthquake. Dubbed Operation Haiti, the ongoing relief effort will be updated throughout the week with a list of online resources, fundraising events and collection sites of Health Kits on the West Georgia campus.  UWG student and native of Haiti Stania Philzaire wanted to help in the relief effort but wasn’t quite sure how. She has family in Haiti and lived there 11 years. When a friend called with an idea about a benefit concert, Operation Haiti was born.

“We heard from my aunt who lives in Haiti and everyone in my family is fine so far,” said the senior accounting major. “This benefit concert is a way students, faculty and staff can contribute to the relief effort and demonstrate their talents.”

Philzaire and friends are spearheading the Operation Haiti Benefit Concert and have booked a variety of student performers for a show on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. in the Campus Center. A myriad of student organizations, academic departments and administrative personnel will help coordinate the event.

An exhibit showing the history of Haiti will be presented in the Atrium of the Campus Center and Philzaire will talk about her childhood in the small nation and the changes that have occurred over the years.

Professor of Psychology Jeannette Diaz-LaPlante will also be a guest speaker at the benefit event. LaPlante returned to Georgia from Haiti just days before the earthquake struck. She and colleagues were developing a grant program there.

Admission for the Operation Haiti concert is $3. The community is invited to attend.

Other relief efforts include:

Career Services is collecting supplies for Health Kits and will be assembling the kits on Thursday, January 21. If you would like to donate to this drive, send your supplies to Parker Hall by Thursday morning. One-gallon plastic bags to pack the supplies in will be provided. For more information, call 678-869-6591 or e-mail vhardin@westga.edu.

The School of Nursing is also collecting Health Kits through Friday, January 22. Contact Nursing Professor Diane Wise at 678-839-5533 or e-mail dwise@westga.edu.
For more information on what Health Kit supplies are required, go to http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor/getconnected/supplies/health-kit.

There are many online resources for information and ways to help victims of the earthquake. UWG will update the resource list daily.

www.georgiadisaster.org
www.doctorswithoutborders.org
www.redcross.org
www.fonkoze.org
www.lambifund.org
www.yele.org
http://oxfamamerica.org/haiti
www.charitywatch.org/hottopics/Haiti.html