Pancake Mix for Haiti: Students Find Creative Ways to Help

Other universities are working to restore educational opportunities in Haiti. In Wisconsin, Lawrence University professors and students are working to keep the music alive by raising money to benefit the Port-au-Prince Holy Trinity Music School, which collapsed in the earthquake.

Music professor Janet Anthony has been visiting Haiti since 1996 to teach cello and conduct the Holy Trinity Philharmonic Orchestra. Most of her students and colleagues in the music school have survived, but many in the trade school did not, she said.

"There's a mixture of joy and grief," Anthony said.

Carolyn Armstrong, a cello performance senior at Lawrence University, has helped organize concerts that will benefit the Port-au-Prince music school. She has been flying to Haiti since the summer of 2008 to teach music, where she has conducted the younger string orchestra and taught music theory.

"The students work so hard, too," Armstrong said. "They'll ask you for a lesson and two days later, they want another one. Their excitement is kind of infectious."

Lawrence University has raised about $40,000 so far for the American Red Cross and to help rebuild the music school to ensure students will get to play their instruments again.

"Even in the midst of this calamity, life goes on, and life goes on in very positive ways," Anthony said.

Interested in giving back? Here's how anyone can donate:

American Red Cross

Customers of participating wireless carriers can text message "HAITI" to 90999 and make a $10 donation to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund.

As of Jan. 30, Red Cross distributions of food and relief items have reached about 100,000 people, according to a Red Cross release.


People can make a donation to CARE's Haiti relief efforts.

One of CARE's main focuses is to provide clean drinking water to those in Haiti. The organization has been distributing water sanitation packets, hygiene kits and safe delivery kits for pregnant women, spokeswoman Alina Labrada said.

Save the Children

The organization is accepting donations through its Web site, click here.

Another option is texting the word SAVE to phone number 20222, and $10 will be charged to the cell phone account. Callers can text up to three times from the same cell phone. Standard text messaging rates apply in the U.S. only.

Even though its Haiti office sustained damage and many of the staff were directly affected, Save the Children is working to set up safe spaces for children so they can find normalcy in Haiti's chaotic conditions, said Elle Russell, manager of community engagement for Save the Children.


Those interested can visit the organization's Web site to make a secure, tax-deductible online donation. Every dollar goes toward UNICEF's work for children in Haiti.

UNICEF is working on finding and protecting children who have been separated from or lost their families.

The organization started up an immunization campaign in Haiti to protect about 700,000 children from the outbreak of disease, said UNICEF spokesman Patrick McCormick.

United Way

People can make a $5 donation to the United Way Worldwide recovery fund by texting "HAITI" to 864833 ("United"). Standard text messaging rates apply.

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