The earthquake in Haiti may have hit more than a year ago, but its victims haven’t been forgotten. Engineers Without Borders will hold a Texas Hold ’em poker tournament Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. in Tisch Commons at the Danforth University Center to raise money for a service trip to the small island nation.
As national fundraisers for Haiti include everything from texting donations to celebrity-sponsored telethons, Washington University’s Engineers Without Borders continues to pursue long-term efforts to tackle poverty in the country.
While in Haiti conducting research, Washington University Assistant Professor of Social Work Lora Iannotti was caught in the earthquake that left an estimated 200,000 people dead.In addition to working with Meds and Foods for Kids, Iannotti was also working with the Children’s Nutritional Program of Haiti to find preventative measures for malnutrition, particularly for children under the age of 5. Her team was stationed in Leogane, Haiti, which was closer to the epicenter of the earthquake than the capital, Port-au-Prince.
After being devastated by an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 on Tuesday, January 12, Haiti remains in a state of chaotic destruction. Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, could be permanently crippled by this catastrophe without financial assistance as the infrastructure of the country’s capital city, Port-au-Prince, has been largely destroyed.
On Jan. 12, a devastating earthquake struck off the coast of Haiti, near the capital, Port-au-Prince. Haiti is the poorest nation in the western hemisphere. Its ability to provide for its people has long been a national problem unto itself. Now, a country already effectively devoid of infrastructure is undergoing a humanitarian crisis whose horror is difficult to overstate. Food, water, and basic medical supplies are scarce, travel and communication difficult. Though the rescue efforts continue, the task now at hand is the care of Haiti’s thousands of sick and dying and the maintenance of what social order Haiti still has left.
The images of devastation coming in from Haiti have incited the student body to organize efforts for relief as classes resume one week after a the country’s devastating earthquake.
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