Day to Make a Difference
This Wellesley College community-wide event occurs in October and we’ve decided to support the Haitian Educational Initiatives non-profit organization founded by our own Susy Whitcomb ’75 and supported through leadership and financial support by many FVWC members, including crucial early funding for scholarship programs.
Hurricane Matthew has exacerbated an already dire situation there. The situation in Jacmel, Haiti is extremely challenging: hundreds of homes have been damaged or destroyed, as well as 36 schools and 2 hospitals. 80% of crops and animals have been lost. The population lacks food and clean water. 5 cases of cholera have already emerged and an epidemic is expected since the town has been flooded by rainwater, sewage and mud.
Haitian Educational Initiatives (HEI) has two distribution centers in the Jacmel area to provide emergency food kits for hurricane victims. These kits provide enough food, clean water and hygiene supplies to support a family of 6-8 for about 2 weeks. Each kit costs $80. Donations may be made online at www.haitiedu.org or by check to Haitian Educational Initiatives, 857 Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. Thank you for your help!