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Final push for Haiti humanitarian trip

Molli Warunek, hugging a young Haitian child while working in Haiti.

Molli Warunek, clinical assistant professor, has done previous humanitarian work in Haiti. She is helping lead the trip.

By MARCENE ROBINSON

Published March 26, 2018

More than half of the people in Haiti live in absolute poverty – earning less than $2 a day.

To make a difference in the lives of as many Haitians as possible, students and faculty from the UB School of Nursing will travel to Haiti for the first time to deliver much-needed health care.

A group of 10 students, in partnership with community organization Servants in Fellowship, plan to treat nearly 800 individuals through a mobile medical clinic in Galette, Haiti, a rural settlement where access to care is difficult. The students will also provide hygiene education that is sustainable in Haitian culture to help prevent future illness.

The mission trip, supported by a successful crowdfunding campaign, is seeking to raise $7,500, most of which will go toward purchasing medical supplies and hiring translators.

However, the campaign is not over yet. Only a small portion of the funds will support student travel expenses, which are roughly $1,000 per person.

To further support the School of Nursing’s work in the Haitian community, donate at crowdfunding.buffalo.edu. The crowdfunding campaign was scheduled to close Saturday, March 31; however it has been extended to April 3 at 8 a.m.

The mission trip, led by Molli Warunek, clinical assistant professor, and Linda Paine Hughes, clinical assistant professor, both in the School in Nursing, is scheduled for April 22-29. The group will also be accompanied by physicians and pharmacists from community partners.