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"Decoding Disaster" Haiti Public Forum

Last updated on Friday, January 22, 2010

(BLOOMINGTON, IN) - Indiana University experts on the Bloomington campus held an educational meeting Thursday night on the earthquake in Haiti.

Faculty members from the university's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies provided an overview of Haitian history, culture, politics and economic realities, both before and after the quake.

Some of the university's Haitian-American students spoke at the event to give their perspective on the situation.

Local officials, including Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan spoke of the latest information on campus and community events to help the people of Haiti.

The following is a speech given by Indiana University Vice-President of International Affairs, Pat O'Meara during Thursday's meeting.

Money Donations:
To make a money donation to the university's efforts to help Haiti, text "haiti" to 90999 and $10 will automatically be charged to your phone bill; you can also find a secure list of organizations accepting donations by Clicking Here!

Material Donations:
CLACS has designated itself as a Bloomington-based collection site for material contributions.

The following is a speech from Beth Gazley on what material items people should not donate.

Helpful items include: Wound dressings and bandages; rehydration packets; Chloroquine (antimalarial); nonperishable foods (Peanut butter, crackers, etc.)

Donations can be dropped off during normal business hours between 8:00AM and 5:00PM, at 1125 E. Atwater Ave.

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