As part of SUNY Old Westbury’s award-winning Community Action, Learning and Leadership (CALL) program, a group of first-year students created the Help Haiti Project in 2017 in response to recent natural disasters that struck the island. Led by seven freshmen, the Help Haiti Project collaborated with local school district to raise funds and collect donations for children in Haiti. The HHP students involved the elementary school children in their campaign to bring awareness to the need for resources in Haiti, and also to encourage and motivate young children to do what they can to help people in need.
Through various efforts on campus, including a social media campaign, advertising, tabling, and canvasing, the Help Haiti Project donated enough supplies for 115 elementary school children at L’ecole Rural de Platon. A collection of clothes and toiletries was also sent to the town of Platon de Leogane.
CALL Director Tonya Thomas stated – “I am so proud of our students who truly developed this project from the ground up. They selected the cause, developed the campaign, contacted the local school districts, presented their case, solicited the donations, and even sought out a local congregation to partner with to ship the items. This type of applied learning and project management was a great experience for first-year college students.”
The student leads that ensured the success of this initiative were Aniesha Allen, Zenobia Curry, Judith Lacoste, Jovan Manning, Ana Toledo, Nairobi Whiting, Mavel Rodriguez and Joy Alonge.