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Haiti Relief at Smith: A Message from President Christ


Memorial Service set for Lisa Anne Mbele-Mbong ’93

Friends Mourn Smith Alumna Ericka Chambers Norman ’91

On behalf of Smith College, I offer our support and sympathy to everyone affected by the disaster in Haiti. None of our students were in the nation at the time of the initial earthquake January 12, but several have family and friends who have been affected by the disaster.

Tragically, two members of the Smith community perished that day. Please join me in keeping the loved ones of Lisa Mbele-Mbong ’93 and Ericka Chambers Norman ’91 in your thoughts and prayers. Both women worked in Port-au-Prince for the United Nations.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, I am heartened to share that the Smith community has come together in an outpouring of support. During winter break, staff, faculty and students gathered at the Helen Hills Hills Chapel for a service of prayer for and remembrance of all those affected. As students returned to campus this week, we again joined in solidarity for a candlelight vigil. As I write this a number of Smith students are organizing with the guidance of Jennifer Walters, dean of religious life, to develop a Smith campaign as part of a larger Five College Haiti relief effort. Updates on those efforts will be posted here in the coming days.

One of our alumnae, who has long been involved in improving the lives of the people of Haiti, is Melinda Miles '98. Melinda co-founded KONPAY, a not-for-profit organization focused on supporting sustainable, Haitian-led solutions to environmental, social and economic problems. The organization’s blog now offers regular updates from the nation on the progress of the relief efforts.

I know that we join millions of people around the world whose attention is directed at providing assistance to the nation as it undertakes the daunting challenge of recovering and rebuilding. In this challenging time, please know that there are many Smith community members available to provide support, including the counselors in Health Services.

Sincerely, Carol Christ

How to Help

Below are just a few of the many organizations accepting donations for Haiti relief efforts:

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