Augustana College's Haiti Earthquake Relief Campaign
The Augustana College mission statement aims to 'lead and serve in a complex and ever-changing world.' It is our responsibility as Augustana College to stand with the Haitian people in their hour of greatest need. Augustana College must rise to the occasion to help the people of Haiti.
The scope of disaster in Haiti is truly enormous. The nation's capital and largest city was destroyed by the quake. Current estimates place the death toll at 200,000 and the cost of rebuilding Haiti in the billions of dollars. In the present, a tremendous influx of immediate aid, particularly the kind of medical care and aid provided by Partners In Health, is desperately needed to avert an even greater loss of life.
Why Partners in Health?
Immediately after the earthquake, student groups at Augustana began organizing relief efforts on campus. After their initial week of fundraising, in which the raised almost $500 through various events, members from Yele Haiti, Amnesty International and Pheonix came together to elect an organization to direct the funds to. Representatives from the student groups unanimously voted for Partners In Health. These were just some of the reasons behind that decision:
1). PIH has a long-standing, demonstrated commitment to Haiti
2). PIH has demonstrated success: programs initiated by PIH in Haiti have been adopted and adapted for other poor regions around the world
3). PIH's broad-based approach to health issues (i.e., closely linked to issues of poverty, education, professional training, politics, etc.). PIH considers making clean water, food and housing available to be essential to their health work in Haiti.
4). PIH works in multiple locations throughout the island (11 clinics/centers, plus innumerable house visits & personal contacts)
5). PIH employs Haitians at all levels from community health promoters to advisory board members.
Augustana Alum: David Walton '98
Dr. David Walton, Class of 1998, has been working with Partners In Health to provide medical assistance in the wake of the January 12th earthquake. Check out Dr. Walton's photo updates from Haiti: http://www.flickr.com/photos/46706993@N08/sets/72157623229666870/
More about Partners in Health
Partners In Health has been working in Haiti for over 20 years. Our local team is already working to ensure PIHs coordinated relief efforts, leveraging the skills of more than 120 doctors and nearly 500 nurses and nursing assistants who work at established sites throughout Haiti.
Let's help Partners In Health help Haiti.
When a Person in Peru, or Siberia, or rural Haiti falls ill, PIH uses all of the means at our disposal to make them well…
Whatever it takes. Just as we would do if a member of our own family—or we ourselves—were ill.