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   Date: 3/12/10 Bookmark and Share

Audience Moved by Student Poem

Voices for Haiti Benefit Raises Funds for Partners in Health

 

About two weeks ago, students in the group Global Action Against Poverty Everywhere (G.A.A.P.E.), headed by Heather Stone 10, coordinated Voices for Haiti, a public benefit performance at the Academy of Music downtown Northampton.

Hanna Meghji 12 wrote a and recited the moving poem Catastrophic Comparison (viewable at the top of this page) for the benefit.

The benefit, which featured readings and performances by well-known local and regional authors, poets and musicians, raised $2,325, all of which was donated to Partners in Health (PIH), an international agency for improving the health of people in poverty-stricken areas. PIH has worked from a base in Haiti for several years.

The Voices for Haiti benefit was one of several events coordinated by people in the Smith community to assist with recovery efforts following the January 12 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince and much of the country.

 

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