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Day 1: 3.16.15
After a challenging 3:30 wake up call, a rough car ride to the airport, and assistance from generous airport employees who waived the fee for our extra luggage, we are finally here in Port au Prince! It all began to set in when we were sitting on the plane, and the gorgeous Haitian […]

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By Samantha Basch ’16:
Last week, I wrote a blog post about the joys of working on VHP’s StartSomeGood campaign. This week, some shocking news reminded me of why I have put so much effort into the project. My work has not been for the sole purpose of self-gratification; I work to ensure that VHP’s smallest […]

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In 2008, the Vassar Haiti Project successfully built a school for 250 elementary school students in the rural village of Chermaitre, Haiti. However, kindergarten classes still had to be held in the neighboring church. The church is a basic stone and wood structure that has fallen into major dilapidation over the years. In March 2012, […]

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Antonia Massa, ’13 comments on the upcoming Art & Soul Reception:
In the past week there’s been a little flurry of media coverage of Hurricane Sandy’s impact in refugee camps in Haiti. The situation is grim: Sandy caused over 50 deaths, damaged hundreds of thousands of Haitian homes, and left many more without food. New reports […]

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The year we now leave behind was one full of accomplishments both for VHP and Haiti. In Chermaitre, our students  scored second place in regional testing, our medical partners successfully held multiple clinics, and community members planted over 5,000 trees throughout the village! As for VHP, our committees and initiatives kept busy, hosting sales, organizing […]

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About two weeks ago, VHP was struck by the news of the death of one of  our school’s six-year old girl, who was infected with cholera. Below, David Bridgman-Packer ’12, head of our Medical Initiative discusses cholera far beyond a mere exposition of the disease, embedding the rise of cholera in Haiti in a larger […]

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Last Friday’s Open Mic Night event reminded me of the importance of creativity and collaboration.
“Fruits n Shoots” was a very creative way of engaging Vassar students with the goals and visions of the Vassar Haiti Project. A showcase of multiple talents, the Open Mic Night provoked laughs and sing-alongs from the audience while raising awareness […]

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VHP’s very first art sale of the semester was a huge success!
This past Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Vassar students and community members joined hands with the Outreach Committee of St. John’s to host an art sale, whose proceeds will kick off the building of a two-room clinic in Chermaitre, Haiti. The colors and brush strokes […]

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The following post is an update on VHP’s reforestation initiative, by  Co-President Claudia Sanchez ‘11.
We have received the first photographs of our reforestation initiative from our partners in Chermaitre! Thanks to our various fundraising efforts, which include dinners, musical soirees and our very successful Reforestation Run, we have been able to collect enough funds to […]

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Our Earthquake Fund

The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind for project members, as we have scrambled to get information, answer queries, and determine how best to respond to the earthquake. As news has emerged, the direction of our efforts has become clearer. The work of the Vassar Haiti Project has never been more important. All of […]

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