Fanshawe cares... relief for Haiti

Haiti's in the hearts of the Fanshawe College community and they're reaching out by creating a relief fund for those affected by the recent catastrophe in Haiti.

One way to contribute to the fund is by shopping at the campus bookstore.

“We are planning to accept $2 and $5 donations through the campus book store...all the customer needs to do is agree and we scan a bar code,” said Dave Smith, manager of retail services at Fanshawe College.

“This will allow customers to pay using debit, credit or cash. We will tally up the proceeds at the end of the week or month and cut a cheque,” he added.

It is unknown at this time to which charity Fanshawe College will sign a cheque.

The Fanshawe Student Union is also accepting donations in their donation box at reception in SC2001.

Donations collected through the FSU will be given to a charity to be announced at a later date.

Just last Wednesday January 20, Haiti experienced a powerful aftershock to the original earthquake on January 12. The aftershock was of a magnitude 5.9 on the Richter scale, the original quake was a 7.3. The entire nation is shaken — almost three million people are affected by this tragedy.

The aftershock collapsed seven buildings in Petit-Goave, the seaside town closest to the epicenter.

The original earthquake hit very close to the very populated capital city of Port-au-Prince, seriously damaging the country's infrastructure that included the electrical system and also the communications network.

At present approximately 200,000 lives have been lost as a result of the earthquake and more bodies are being discovered as the days progress, reported the CBC.

Presently there are roughly 2,000 troops in Haiti, along with 7,000 military peacekeepers, 1,500 more police officers have been added and about 2,100-strong international forces are at the front lines working for a country that desperately needs assistance.

The recent earthquake to have hit Haiti is the worst natural catastrophe in over 100 years.

Children are left without supervision as they have been separated from their families.

International agencies are continuing with their hard efforts to help alleviate the major loss families have endured and special safe zones have been implemented for children and adolescents for safety and security purposes.

Fanshawe College is hopeful within the next year or two specific programs will be implemented into the college's academic courses guidelines in turn allowing students of such programs to get involved. These special programs will allow Fanshawe students to help re-build Haiti, which many presume will take years.

Other methods of helping those affected by the earthquake are as follow:

- The Canadian government is planning to match dollar-for-dollar contributions of individual Canadians to registered charities in support of humanitarian, recovery and reconstruction efforts in response to the earthquake in Haiti, up to a total of $50 million.

- Individuals are encouraged to donate through FIDO simply by texting “HELP” to 1291 with a donation of $5 to help aid the Haiti relief fund.

- World Vision Canada currently has over 800 staff members in Haiti assisting earthquake victims.

- You can also visit to find out how you can help the Haiti relief fund.