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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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When the news of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, first reached them Andrew and Lila Meade, founders and directors of the Vassar Haiti Project (VHP), were glued to news reports then they both quickly swung into action. They began to reach out to their Haitian contacts – artists mostly based in […]

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∗    You can donate supplies to our boxes placed in Main Building (Entrance, The Retreat, Kiosk), the Library, the Athletics and Fitness Center and each dorm, starting from Friday (Jan 15th).    Supplies needed include:
•    CLOTHING
•    FIRST AID SUPPLIES: Antibiotic creams/ointments, antiseptic wipes, bleach in tablet form, Band-Aids, gauze and tape, first aid kits, gloves.
•    OVER […]

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written by Michael Xie
This year, Michelle Duong and I (Michael Xie) co-chair the Health Initiative of the Vassar Haiti Project. While almost everyone in United States these days is debating over the trillion dollar bill on health care, do you know that per capita, Haiti spends about $83 annually on health care (in U.S., the number is […]

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