Thursday, January 14, 2010

University of Miami Relief Efforts Have Begun

Courtesy of The University of Miami E-Veritas:

At the University of Miami, relief efforts have begun, with President Donna E. Shalala sending a University-wide e-mail letter explaining how students, faculty, staff, and alumni can aid quake victims and the launching of a Web site, ’Canes Helping Haiti, that details UM’s assistance activities.

Meanwhile, in a move to provide immediate assistance, UM’s Miller School of Medicine is mobilizing its resources in Haiti, which include Project Medishare and its community health project in the country’s Central Plateau as well as a family medicine training program for Haitian physicians in the city of Cap-Haitien. A UM medical team led by Barth Green, who co-founded Project Medishare, departed for Haiti yesterday, bringing with them much-needed medical supplies and equipment.

As international agencies and rescue workers continue to assess the disaster relief needs for Haiti, UM officials have said the University’s initial response is just the beginning of its efforts. Working with the Haitian Student Organization, the Butler Center for Service and Leadership, and schools and colleges, UM is continuing to provide information on the various ways to contribute to its coordinated relief efforts.

It is wonderful to see all communities come together to help others at a time when it is needed. As I know how painful it can be to loose someone you love suddently, my heart and prayers go out to all the families who lost loved ones in Haiti.

Cindy Papale

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