Helping Haiti: Bowdoin Community Provides Support

Story posted February 02, 2010

A number of Bowdoin alumni are helping in the effort to bring relief to those left injured and homeless by the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January.

Dr. Samuel Broaddus '73, recipient of the 2003 Common Good Award, is preparing to bring medical care from Portland, Maine, to Haiti.

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In the wake of the earthquake, a group including students, faculty, staff and community members has formed to assist the campus in coordinating fundraising and awareness-building efforts.

The Bowdoin for Haiti Organizing Committee's purpose is to assist student groups in coordinating and publicizing their own events, encourage collaboration among groups, and facilitate a joint effort in fundraising for relief efforts. More...

Click here for a list of organizations offering help to the people of Haiti.


A urologist, Broaddus has long been committed to public health issues, and has since 1994 volunteered at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Deschapelles, Haiti.

He is actively involved with Konbit-Sante, a Maine-based volunteer partnership that aims to support the development of a sustainable health care system in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Read more about Broaddus and his efforts in Haiti.

Alison Driver '08 is on the Dominican side of the border in the town of Jimani, the major border crossing for people leaving Port-au-Prince for the Dominican Republic.

Driver coordinated purchases and transportation for USAID (US Agency for International Development) in the capital and has been registering volunteers, translating, organizing supplies, and providing logistical support to a hospital with about 300 patients.

Rocco Ciocca '82 spent 10 days on a medical mission working in a hospital in Haiti.

Duke University Professor of Romance Studies Deborah Jenson '83 developed a crash course in Creole language and culture for people heading to Haiti.

Jenson's Efforts Profiled by National Media Outlets:

AmeriCares relief worker Bret McEvoy '05 is coordinating the distribution of medical aid for earthquake survivors and blogging about his experiences.

McEvoy is among a handful of AmeriCares relief workers who are posting from Port-au-Prince and throughout earthquake-affected areas of Haiti. More about McEvoy's blog here.

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