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Swiftly following spring semester’s conclusion, fifteen Tufts students traveled to Haiti through a Tufts Hillel and American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) trip. During an eight day trip, students learned about and experienced the lasting effects wrought by the earthquake and hurricane that left Haiti devastated in 2010, as well health and education-related hurdles that have plagued the country’s development.
Detailing their visit on Tufts Hillel to Haiti, you can read about the students’ amazing efforts and experiences. They were not only able to get down and dirty, helping repair a damaged amphitheater built by the past Haitian president, Jean Aristide, but were also afforded the opportunity to teach English and play with local students, as well as meet with village leaders to discuss ways to further community development and citizens’ access to health care.
In between the learning and hard work, the group also got to visit Port-au-Prince, French-inspired art galleries, and take in the breath taking beauty of Haiti’s rural areas. One Tufts’ blogger writes,
“[We] were captivated by the natural beauty of this country, but were also saddened in a way that the lacking infrastructure and actual government support for tourism in Haiti has caused this native resource to be totally under appreciated by the majority of the world.”
Take a look at some pictures from the amazing trip below:
Rising junior Sarah Hartman (A13) and her father Dr. Lester Hartman were the subjects of a father’s day feature on Thrive, Children’s Hospital Boston’s pediatric health blog. In an extreme version of “take your daughter to work day,” Dr. Hartman invited Sarah to spend a spring break with him in Cambodia, helping survivors of land mines. This experience, and additional service trips to Haiti, spurred in Sarah an interest in public health and medicine.
From a relatively early age our dad wanted us to see first hand what other parts of the world were like and what people who lived there had to deal with on a daily basis,” says Sarah. “He set a real example for me in wanting to reach out to help people and learn more about global health in the process.”
Tufts students Marie-Gabrielle Isidore (A’11) and Chad Gordon (A’11) started the organization BrandHaiti — a “student driven non-profit marketing organization that seeks to debunk Haiti’s negative branding” — as a reaction to the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti last fall.
A recent entry on the BrandHaiti blog penned by Mari-Gabrielle reads:
When we first started developing BrandHaiti last summer, my mentor, Philipp said something so simple yet so profound: “The newspapers and reports are always negative with regards to Haiti; we need to champion the heroes of Haiti…the average people who day and day out try to live dignified lives under extreme circumstances. BrandHaiti must provide an alternative narrative that will help Haiti grow and attract new investors to change the lives of ordinary Haitians.” This became the core mission of BrandHaiti and continues to ring true for our development.
The organization is hosting its “Rebranding Haiti” symposium this Saturday, Feb. 12.
Thomas “T.” Bennett, a third-year student at Tufts School of Medicine, spent this past holiday season in Haiti. Concerned about the dangerous effects of the devastating 7.0 earthquake that struck the country a year ago, Bennett decided to dedicate his vacation from school to teach seminars on cholera prevention to young people. He also spent time with orphans, helping to organize educational projects and celebrate the holiday season.
In August of 2009, Tufts School of Dental Medicine sent 19 volunteers on a humanitarian trip to Haiti. A collection of Tufts’ reaction to the tragedy in Haiti can be found here.
In August 2009, School of Dental Medicine Clinical Associate Professor Aidee Herman led a group of 19 volunteers on a humanitarian trip to Haiti for the Institute of Human and Community Development. The volunteers provided dental care for 900 patients, including the the mayor of Port-Au-Prince, Jean-Yves Jason. Watch a photo slideshow from the mission:
Dr. Herman’s upcoming trip will be the third time she’s led a group to Haiti. She went in August 2008, August 2009, and this school year, she will go during March 2011.