Reflections: The Haiti Experience
Brian Suehs-Vassel, campus-minister; Marc Veletzos, assistant professor of civil engineering, and Kevin Melanson, clinical instructor for athletic training collaborated with Project Medishare to bring their talents and those of the Merrimack students to the people of Haiti.
The three were joined by four students who were eager to apply the knowledge and skills they learned in their educational programs at Merrimack in a very different real-world setting. Margaret (Maggie) Jacques and Dan Borges, civil engineering majors assisted with improving access to clean water, while Mollie Fitzgerald and Chelsea Jacoby, athletic training majors, trained allied-health professionals in new ways they could better help patients with physical ailments.
Personal reflections from service workers in Haiti
Forget Coca-Cola, Pepsi or Perrier. There are people in Haiti who just want a simple drink of tap water without walking a couple of miles to get it. Civil engineering associate professor Marc Veletzos has been leading teams of student volunteers to the small community of Marmont in Haiti’s central plateau to improve access to clean water and help their physical injuries periodically since June 2011.
Seven people with a Merrimack connection spent June 3 - 9 in Haiti with ProjectMedishare, sharing their talents with delivering clean water and with physical therapy. The groups hope to return in January 2013 to continue their humanitarian work.
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