FAYETTE, Iowa (April 1, 2011) — Upper Iowa University students will return to Haiti this spring to continue to help rebuild the nation since its 2010 earthquake.
As part of a May term class, entitled “The Culture, People, & Economics of Haiti,” 14 UIU students and their faculty leaders will travel to Haiti for one week to build houses for families who currently have inadequate shelter.
To help raise funds for the relief trip, the students will hold a Haitian Lunch and Silent Auction on April 21 in the ballroom of the new Student Center on the UIU campus. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring griot with sauce ti-malice (a marinated pork dish), Haitian chicken and okra stew, Haitian chicken pate puffs, Haitian beans and rice, and fried plantains. Cost of the lunch is $6 in advance (tickets can be delivered) or $8 at the door.
The silent auction is available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 21. The students and faculty members are hosting a blog about their upcoming trip on the UIU website (www.upperiowauniversityblogs.org/blog28), which will include a link to a preview of the silent auction items a few days before the event.
All proceeds from the fund-raiser support the UIU May term trip and Haitian relief.
For more information, contact Dr. Eric Eller (563-425-5844) or Dr. Summer Zwanziger Elsinger (563-425-5869).
Monica Bayer Heaton
Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
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