In the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12th, Belhaven University students are raising funds toward relief efforts on the island. One hundred percent of the donations will go to Haiti relief organizations, one of which is the Fleury Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving “Haiti’s forgotten children and their families.” The foundation is located in Leogane, which was at the epicentre of the earthquake and lost up to 90% of its buildings. The Fleury Foundation operates a girls’ orphanage, school, bakery, clinic, and church. Today, the church is the only building left standing, leaving 40 girls homeless and 500 students without an existing school.
Junior Jonathan Kalehoff, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Belhaven Leadership Council, says “One of our biggest goals in giving to relief organizations is to ensure that the love of Christ is given alongside the meeting of physical needs.”