March 5, 2010
Loyola Haiti Taskforce

Attendees:  Robert Reed, Beth Coyne, Isabelle Duran, Kelsey Van Bree, Wadner Pierre, Karen Reichard, Nic Nall, Kristy Magner.

Updates

Robert Reed reported that the Ayiti Cheri benefit raised about $2,500.

Isabelle Duran discussed the upcoming Haitian benefit concert that the International Student Association is hosting.  It will be held on March 9th at the Republic.

The committee discussed various ways we can get items collected to Haiti.  Kristy Magner suggested possibly sending a few small supplies with Jean Montes when he visits Haiti.

Kristy Magner has been in contact with a recent Loyola alumnus who is living in Haiti and is in need of a tent for 6-7 people.  The cost of this tent will be around $300. Robert Reed suggested talking with Kurt Bindewald or Chris Wiseman to see if they could help provide funding.  Lindsey Keslar will post this on the Hope for Haiti blog as well.

Nic Nall discussed the Haitian benefit concert that Phi Eta Sigma and SGA are having on Friday, March 12th in the Peace Quad.  Several organizations, including Blanket Haiti, BSU, and LASO, will have information tables set up.  They will also sell t-shirts.  Proceeds from the event will go to Partners in Health.  Nic is trying to find information about Partners in Health to hand out at the event, and is planning to request information from the website.  They have decided against using sponsorship from local businesses since SGA is now co-sponsoring the event along with Phi Eta Sigma.  Wadner Pierre offered to provide a slide show for the event.

Karen Reichard discussed the Half the Sky event that will be held at Loyola on September 23rd.  Sheryl WuDunn, co-author of Half the Sky, will be here to discuss how women in developing countries have empowered themselves and the ways they are uplifting their countries.

The committee discussed having a panel discussion at the beginning of the fall semester.  We are going to try to contact Dr. Paul Farmer about possibly participating.

Robert Reed reported that we still have not resolved the financial concerns that our Haitian students are having, but we are continuing to work on it.  Wadner Pierre discussed his need for more grant money.

Our next meeting will be held Friday, March 12th at 3:30 pm in the Danna Center Gallery Room A.

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