Haiti Program staff recounts earthquake, refocuses priorities

Author: Shannon Chapla

Rev. Thomas Streit, C.S.C., Sarah Craig and Logan Anderson

“I feel like I have my second life,” said Rev. Thomas Streit C.S.C., founder of the University of Notre Dame’s Haiti Program.

Father Streit was at a meeting in Port-au-Prince’s Hotel Montana with Notre Dame colleagues Sarah Craig and Logan Anderson and post-doctoral student Marie Denise Milord during the Jan. 12 earthquake, which collapsed their hotel. All four were standing on open hotel balconies and rode the building down as it pancaked to the ground. They sustained only minor cuts and bruises.

“The building around us came down and we were all thrown to the ground and we held on to literally nothing because we were on a tile floor,” explained Craig, manager of the Haiti Program. “The building below us just collapsed and we could feel it going down each floor until we ended up somewhere between the first and second floors with the rubble beneath us.”

 

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Adobe Web site features article on ND Haiti Program

Author: Shannon Chapla

A group of University of Notre Dame graphic design students who used Adobe software in their collaboration with the University's Haiti Program, is currently featured in an article in the education section of Adobe’s main Web site.

The principal goal of Notre Dames Haiti Program is to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF) from the impoverished Caribbean nation. LF, which causes the grotesque swelling of body parts known as elephantiasis, can be treated by adding nutrients to salt, a key ingredient in the Haitian diet. However, the salt is often discolored as a result of the primitive conditions in which it is harvested, so Haitians often wash their salt before using it, which washes away the nutrients and renders it useless for combating the disease.

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