Disaster Relief NetworkStudent Leaders 2014-2015
Mary Gibbons '15, NOLA VP
From the Gulf Coast to Haiti
In 2006, Fordham's SHN received the Eugene M. Keefe award, which is presented by the Student Bar Association to the person, or group, that has made the most important contribution to the Fordham community. That same year, Fordham SHN members traveled to Washington DC with other chapters from across the country to receive the LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® Exemplary Public Service Award on behalf of the National SHN.
The recent devastating earthquake in Haiti brought images reminiscent of fall 2005 when Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. The same motivation that brought us to the Gulf Coast now brings the group to Haiti. In March of 2010, DRN sent fourteen Fordham Law students and the Dean of Student Affairs to Cabaret, Haiti, about 15 miles outside Port-au-Prince. The group partnered with Voices for Haiti ("V4H"-www.voicesforhaiti.org) to run a week-long day camp for children affected by the disaster. The delegation also assisted volunteer doctors in the town's lone medical clinic. DRN is currently developing plans to establish a long-term relationship with the people of Cabaret and contribute to a sustained effort to rebuild the community.