Student leaders from Brentwood reach out to Haiti

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After surviving a devastating earthquake last year on January 12th, the people of Haiti now find themselves in a fight against cholera, receiving more media coverage than healthcare or relief. However, one group is doing what they can to make a difference for one of the most at-risk groups in Haiti: orphans.

As the total number of individuals stricken with cholera continues to rise unabated, a group of students from West Middle School in Brentwood, Long Island called the Leaders Club and their advisor, teacher Pam O’Brien, decided to take action. The students would raise money to be donated to Partners in Health, and in so doing would become Human Rights defenders like Loune Viaud who is an RFK human rights laureate and featured in the newly released Speak Truth To Power human rights curriculum for New York state.

After their donation, the students wrote their name on paper defenders that they could string around their classroom as a sign of solidarity for the people of Haiti and their hard work and dedication to human rights. However, these young defenders didn’t stop there. They then asked Kerry Kennedy for the names of some of the orphans that Partners in Health work with and made personalized cards in Creole, the native language of Haiti.

This inspiring group of young leaders is now raising money to buy presents for the children of Haiti to celebrate the upcoming holiday season and know that they have not been forgotten.

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