Less than 500 miles from the United States is the country of Haiti, an island nation of over 7 million people, where almost 75% of the population is children. Haiti has been universally acknowledged as the poorest nation in the western hemisphere for decades. Haiti has been plagued with poverty, illiteracy, political corruption, decaying infrastructure, and foreign military intervention.
Hope for Haiti is an organization on the University of North Florida’s campus comprised of underclassmen, graduate students, and alumnus focused on collecting school supplies for the underprivileged children in Haiti. Hope for Haiti believes that education is the way to break out of this vicious cycle.
Our mission is to serve the educational needs of the children in Haiti by providing school supplies, to assist in their scholarly goals. We are accepting school related materials, whether it is book bags, spiral notebooks, paper, pencils, crayons, rulers, calculators, etc.
Our goal is to collect 10,000 articles of school supplies by the end of April 2008. We are planning to travel as a collective group to deliver the school supplies to children living in villages. This includes committee members, the organization’s advisor, and possibly a Haitian ambassador. We will focus on the children with the most need living in orphanages and those attending schools located in the slum.
So far, we have entered our philanthropic project into www.grablifegivelife.com, where we ended in the top 15% by America’s votes, after being the 4th to last entry. Students from 101 schools voted on our project and agreed that it was a worthwhile cause.