One of the many lessons learned from our own experience of tragedy through Hurricanes Katrina and Rita is the importance of educating others about the realities, riches and resources of the New Orleans region. In an effort to better assist the people of Haiti while also gaining a better appreciation of their own realities, riches and resources, the Hope for Haiti Task Force is committed to providing the Loyola community with as many opportunities as possible to learn more.
The Loyola Bookstore has the following resources available for purchase with more titles on the way:
Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. The story of Dr. Paul Farmer, a man who would cure the world.
On That Day Everybody Ate by Margaret Trost. One woman’s story of hope and possibility in Haiti.
Restavec: From Haitian Slave Child to Middle-Class American, an autobiography by Jean-Robert Cadet.
Additionally, Loyola communications student from Haiti, Wadner Pierre, is scheduled to return to his home country soon. Wadner will keep the Loyola community updated with his eye-witness accounts of relief efforts in Haiti on his blog: www.wadnerpierre.blogspot.com
The Haitian Association for Human Development in New Orleans also provides information about Haiti through its website.
Please visit the Loyola Hope for Haiti blog for more information and resources on Haiti in the future.
-Kurt Bindewald, Director of University Ministry