On January 12, 2010 a 7.0 magnitude earthquake killed approximately 230,000 people in Haiti and left millions homeless.
Almost 1 year later to the day, from January 2 – 9, thirteen Xavier pre-med students, 2 staff from Xavier’s Office of Interfaith Community Engagement and 4 medical professionals will commemorate that sad anniversary by traveling to Haiti under the medical auspices of Heart to Heart International (H2H).
H2H is a faith-based initiative, which has had teams in Haiti since the day after the quake. The Xavier group will live outside Port-au-Prince and commute into the city to H2H’s large primary care facility. Smaller teams will venture into the more remote areas during the week.
Menomonee Falls native and Milwaukee Community Journal 2010 Terence N. Thomas Scholarship Recipient Brittany Mays is one of the students chosen to participate in the trip. Brittany is a sophomore biology major at Xavier.
H2H will find lodging, 2 meals a day, translators, security and transportation in Haiti. The medical directors on site are a husband and wife, assisted by some Haitian nurses and other medical professionals.
While all of this is located for the Xavier group, by no means is it free. Rabbi Abie Ingber is the founding director of Xavier University’s Office for Interfaith Community Engagement. He estimates the group needs to find $50,000 to fly, feed and house 19 people for one week.
To help Brittany and the entire Xavier team get to Haiti, your help is appreciated. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to Xavier University, Office of Interfaith Community Engagement, 3800 Victory Parkway ML 2120, Cincinnati, OH 45207. Please make checks payable to Xavier University IFCE. Please call 513-745-3569.