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A little help goes a long way

Photo by || Vincent Fernandez || [email protected] ||

Additional reporting by Vincent Fernandez

Haitian people experienced a devastating earthquake Jan. 12 that shocked the nation. Although
the country of Haiti is thousands of miles away from City College, it didn’t take long for our small community on campus to reach out to those across the globe.

With the start of a new semester, City College students and faculty are doing everything
they can to help Haiti by running donation drives such as Soles 4 Souls and Brick by Brick. Soles 4 Souls was a shoe drive that ran for two days on campus, organized by the Honors Club.
Victoria Henderson, Cultural Awareness Center coordinator, is extremely grateful for the efforts and support City College has done for the country of Haiti.

“I think it’s certainly a sad tragedy, but it’s an important learning experience for all of us and I would like to thank all of you who participated in the shoe drive that we had. I want you to know Sacramento City College collected 1,200 pairs of shoes,” says Henderson.

Along with two donation drives, the Cultural Awareness Center hosted an event called “Haiti: In the Aftermath of an Earthquake” in regards to the history, current status of Haiti and what is being done to re-build the country.

Students and faculty interacted with Reggie Jean-Gilles, City College International Student
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“This has crippled the Haitian economy from the beginning and what’s happened recently has brought the Haitian people to its knees, but the people are resilient, they have pride.” says Jean-Gilles The Haitian people are ready to stand up and stay up, but they cannot do it without the international community’s help on a long-term basis.

Jean-Gilles plans on going back to Haiti with three of his friends who are nurses and is anticipating doing anything he can to help. He also believes that one hand can help the next hand and hopefully start the rebuilding process of the Haitian people.

“Believe me, that one person going is probably going to help save at least 100 people in one day, easily,” says Jean-Gilles. “At first it went from feeling helpless to being a little anxious, to now, being able to think a little clearer because my parents are ok,” says Jean-Gilles. “I found out that extended family members, even though they still have experienced some injuries, but they’re alive, so most of my family members in Haiti have been accounted for.”

Jean-Gilles recalls the day he heard the terrible news about Haiti and said he immediately rushed home to make phone calls to his parents. He said it took him six hours to make a connection. When he finally did, he was overcome with relief.

“I heard about the news through a voicemail my mother-in-law left me saying, ‘Reggie, there’s just been an earthquake in Haiti.’ We were having an orientation for our international students and I checked my messages at like 2:30 [p.m.] or something and that’s when I found out that an earthquake hit Haiti.”

Students around the campus are aware of the Haiti tragedy and believe that the United States can have a huge impact on its effects on the Haitian people.

“We’re aware in the sense that you watch TV, but I don’t think it’s hit home, unless you have a relative or a friend that has been affected by it,” says Cameron Byrd, biology major. “If you look at the videos and pictures of Haiti, they can’t help themselves. There’s no way they can’t help themselves. Without our help, I can’t see anything being done. As a humane society we should be willing to give ourselves to others who are less fortunate.”

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