KSU community extends sympathy and support for Haiti earthquake victims

KSU candlelight vigil for Haiti

 Sabbaye McGriff   An outpouring of sympathy and support for the people of Haiti has been…

Georgia (Jan 22, 2010)

 Sabbaye McGriff
An outpouring of sympathy and support for the people of Haiti has been forthcoming from KSU students, staff and faculty since Jan. 12 when an earthquake struck the country, leaving an estimated 200,000 dead, and some 2 million homeless.
From prayers at a candlelight vigil Jan. 21 to donations of food, supplies, clothing and cash, members of the KSU community have expressed their support and concern. More than 16 boxes containing everything from clothing and toiletries to linen and tents have been collected and nearly $1,000 contributed to a special Haiti Earthquake Relief account created at KSU. 
The vigil in remembrance of Haiti, coordinated by KSU’s Haitian Student Alliance in conjunction with the Caribbean Student Alliance, brought together an estimated 300 members of the KSU and local communities for prayers, a moment of silence, somber reflections and testimonials from Haitian Americans whose family and friends have been affected by the earthquake.
 “The response received from the KSU community has been phenomenal, and we are very grateful,” said Haitian-born Yvette Cherestal, administrative associate for KSU’s Child Welfare Scholars Program, and advisor to the Haitian student organization.  “Kennesaw State University is the epitome of what a true campus community should be like. This earthquake did not only impact people from Haiti, its impact had a toll on us all.”
KSU’s donations are being collected and warehoused by the Haitian Alliance of Atlanta, and will be airlifted to Haiti as soon as conditions allow, according to Catherine Odera, assistant director of International Student Retention Services. The funds collected will be divided between Doctors without Borders and entertainer Wyclef Jean’s relief foundation, Yele Haiti.
Collections of food, clothing and supplies are ongoing at all entrances to KSU’s Carmichael Student Center; main entrances of the Social Sciences Building and Kennesaw Hall; and at the KSU Owls Nest Sports and Recreation Park at 3220 Busbee Dr.   Cash contributions can be made in person in the KSU Bursar’s Office on the upper level of Student Center or online at https://epay.kennesaw.edu/C20923_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=773


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