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Ithaca College Professor to Discuss Recent Relief Work in Haiti

ITHACA, NY — Mo Baptiste recently witnessed firsthand the problems faced by the people of Haiti, who are now coping with a cholera outbreak while still trying to recover from last January’s devastating earthquake.

On Thursday, Dec. 2, Baptiste will discuss how others can get involved in helping relieve Haiti’s suffering in a free public talk at Ithaca College. His presentation, “From Hostility to Harmony: Envisioning a New Haiti,” will take place at 6 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall.

An assistant professor in the Ithaca College Department of Education, Baptiste went to Haiti to aid in the relief effort following the earthquake, believing it was his duty to go to the homeland of his parents and be of service to his people. He returned in October to work with the World Water Relief (WWR) program just as cholera was becoming epidemic. He hopes to be part of a movement that puts the voices and actions of the people at the center of change.

“There is a new grassroots movement being led by young, inspired Haitians that is propelling this critical change by starting with the cultivation of the most important life source for all living things — water,” said Baptiste. “The ultimate goal is to provide sustainable water systems as well as a comprehensive environmental conservation curriculum throughout schools in Haiti in order to help build a new and vibrant Haiti.”

Baptiste says others can get involved in helping the effort by bringing reusable water bottles and/or jugs (plastic or aluminum) to his presentation. His goal is to collect 500 reusable water containers by the end of 2010 and 5,000 by the summer of 2011 to donate to the WWR. He is also collecting medical and school supplies, art supplies, hand sanitizer, mosquito repellent, energy saving light bulbs and tools such as hammers, nails and drills for the schools in the village of Mirebalais.

To read more about the World Water Relief program in Haiti, visit http://www.worldwaterrelief-haiti.org/.
 



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