A Message from President Sr. Janet Eisner, SND on Haiti
March 10, 2010
VIDEO UPDATE: Haiti Earthquake - Seven Weeks Later
Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston and a delegation of US bishops visited Port-au-Prince Haiti, on Tuesday, March 2 to see firsthand the recovery efforts and to bring the love and concern of the people of Boston to their brothers and sisters in need. The Cardinal is a member of a recently formed Haiti Advisory Group that will assist the US Church in advising how best to provide for the long-term needs of the Church in Haiti.
Members of the Emmanuel Community,
It is with deep sadness that we at Emmanuel College reflect on the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti. We continue to pray for all those affected by this enormous tragedy. I remain humbled by how quickly you, our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends have been moved to action to answer the call of those in need. Your efforts reflect the very core of Emmanuel’s mission; your concern for the people of Haiti is a testament to your belief in being ethical decision makers and contributing members of the global society.
Although we are yet to discover the full extent of the heartbreaking loss and destruction, nations around the world continue to respond with aid, offering resources and personnel for rescue, food, and medical needs. It is wonderful to see such an outpouring of support and such donations will contribute greatly to a nation looking to rebuild. However, this is only the beginning.
Please continue to visit this page, which will be updated with resources for students, ways you can help, related videos and more. For all members of our community, please know that Campus Ministry is available to you for support during this especially difficult time.
I ask that you continue to keep all those affected by this disaster in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Sister Janet Eisner, SND
Resources for Students
The U.S. State Department has several resources for inquiring about the welfare and whereabouts of friends and family in Haiti. For more information about locating friends and family members, visit the State Department's Haiti Earthquake web site.
Boston Catholic Charities also offers a comprehensive website which includes embassy phone numbers, city, state and federal government information and resources, ways the Archdiocese of Boston is urging people to respond, as well as links to other resources for helping family and friends affected by loss in Haiti. Click here »
Ways You Can Help
Emmanuel's Black Student Union (BSU), in partnership with the Office of Student Activities and Multicultural Programs, and Campus Ministry, is working with other Colleges of the Fenway student organizations on a plan to send relief. We hope that you will contribute what you can to assist during this time of need.
Here are just a few ways you can help:
• The BSU will place brochures listing agencies accepting donations as well as cans around campus to collect money that will go to the Association of Haitian Women of Boston (www.afab-kafanm.org), which works with numerous agencies in Haiti.
• If you would like to write a check, please make it out to Emmanuel College, drop it off at Campus Ministry, and we will send one large donation from the school to the Association of Haitian Women of Boston.
• Boxes for food, medical supplies and clothing will be placed around campus, including the back of the Chapel.
• To make an immediate donation, text the word "HAITI" to 90999 and press send to give $10.00 to the support the American Red Cross Haiti relief efforts. This $10.00 donation will be billed to you on your cell phone bill.