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Morehouse Student Returns to Haiti to Help; Relief Effort Now Focusing on Monetary Donations


By ADD SEYMOUR JR.

(Jan. 20, 2010) -- Jacques Pape, a junior international studies and physics major, drove from Atlanta to Miami, boarded a flight to his hometown of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and is now on the ground, looking to help his fellow countrymen suffering after last week's tragic earthquake.

Pape, who has been helping lead the Morehouse College Haitian Relief Effort since President Robert M. Franklin '75 initiated it just after the earthquake ravaged the Caribbean nation, collected clothing, toiletries, shoes and other goods for those in need in Haiti.

Wednesday, as a strong aftershock shook the country, Pape and a cadre of doctors, nurses and other relief workers he flew to Haiti with set up camp just north of Port-au-Prince.

"We are going to head to areas south of Port-au-Prince that haven't been touched by (other relief workers) yet," Pape said in a telepone interview. "We are going to distribute help there."

Meanwhile on campus, the Morehouse College Haitian Relief Effort has been inundated with so many material goods that organizers are now asking those wanting to help to give money instead.

The money will go towards purchasing first aid supplies, tents, clothing and other materials, which have become difficult to store and ship.

A special fund has been set up for the Morehouse community and supporters to make financial donations by accessing it at https://giving.morehouse.edu/NetCommunity/SSLPage.aspx?pid=344 and clicking on the menu to select Morehouse College Haitian Relief Fund.

Those who still have material goods to contribute to Haiti are encouraged to donate them to The Salvation Army.

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