Photo courtesy of haitiwaterproject.com
NOTE: Due to inclement weather, the Haiti anniversary chapel service is postponed to Friday, January 14, 2011.
ENC will mark the first anniversary of the Haitian earthquake Wednesday January 12 with a special chapel service featuring a presentation by Haitian-born Samuel Jean.
Jean, a 1992 graduate, is a business development and legal consultant who specializes in the fields of philanthropy, new technology and entertainment. His brother, musician Wyclef Jean, filed to run for the presidency of Haiti last year in the wake of the earthquake but was later deemed ineligible due to residency requirements.
“We’re honored that Sam can return to his alma mater to lead us in paying respect to the anniversary of this tragedy, which deeply affected the ENC community,” said Corey MacPherson, the vice president for spiritual development and church relations. “We have quite a few Haitian-American students, some of whom lost family members in the earthquake.”
Haitian-American students have taken a significant role in planning the anniversary chapel service, MacPherson said, and will lead the student body in song and prayer. A collection will also be taken to benefit the Haiti Water Project, an initiative of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries which aims to provide clean drinking water to residents of Haiti through the construction of wells and cisterns. According to the Haiti Water Project, one well or cistern can provide fresh, clean drinking water for approximately 1,000 people.
MacPherson noted that the college had been raising funds for the Haiti Water Project for several years prior to the 2010 earthquake. Following last year’s tragedy, the ENC community conducted a collection that raised $2,500 for the Haiti Water Project. Those funds were later matched by a $3,500 contribution from an anonymous donor.
ENC students also contributed to the earthquake relief efforts: In addition to assembling hundreds of “Crisis Care Kits” of necessary supplies, students held bake sales and charged admission to the college’s normally free men’s and women’s basketball games, raising an additional $1,300.
“Since 2008, we’ve raised enough money to have five wells installed in Haiti,” MacPherson said. “We chose the Haiti Water Project because wells are sustainable.”
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