Published: February 22, 2010
Melissa Jiha ’10 doesn’t want people to forget about her home country, Haiti.
public health major has been working with other Haitian students as
well as faculty, staff and fellow students in a month-long initiative to
help with the relief efforts following the Jan. 12 earthquake that
devastated her nation.
“We’re hanging on,” Jiha said. “We’re trying to stay positive.”
Coming this week is a Feb. 25 presentation by author and journalist
"Haiti: Tragedy and Hope." Held in the Reeves Theatre at 2:30 p.m.,
Wilentz will speak from her history writing about the nation. Wilentz is
the author of
The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier,
and she teaches in the Literary Journalism program at the University of California at Irvine.
want students to realize that Haiti is a politically prescient country;
an indicator country. Its people liberated themselves from slavery and
the colonial power 200 years before most other colonies got out,”
“There is much to be done now, and immediately,” she said.
suggests students interested in helping should find organized programs
to travel to Haiti with to help build shelters. Supplies and money are
always needed so the efforts of the UT students in raising more than
$3,000 for the American Red Cross should be well received.
past month, UT students have collected a 14-foot U-Haul truck full of
supplies that Jiha and Coralie Moscoco ’11 drove to Miami mid-February
for shipment to Haiti with the organization Fondation Rose et Blanc. And
the donations keep trickling in.
“We don’t want this effort for Haiti, this memory, to die away,” Jiha said.
To help with fundraising efforts for Haiti, contact Jiha at
For more information on the Feb. 25 program, contact Brooke Pawlak at
or (813) 257-3501.
Jamie Pilarczyk, Web Writer
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