The devastating earthquake of January in Haiti had a meaningful impact on the community here at UWCAd. Earlier this year, students, with the initiative of Allison Jones, organized a day-long street performance in downtown Trieste, raising funds for Doctors Without Borders and their work within Haiti.
More recently, was the Swim for Haiti on Sunday March 28th, an initiative organized by students and teachers of UWCAd as well as many other associations, such as A.S.D. Centro Sociale Nuoto Monfalcone and General Services S.R.L. The day was meant to raise funds for the reconstruction of our Haitian student’s, Laura, previous high school that was destroyed in the earthquake.
Our students participated in different ways. The central activity was the symbolic 8237 kilometer swim - the same distance from our college to Haiti - that was covered one meter at a time in the swimming pool. The distance was shortened by sharing the kilometers between students from UWCAd and other local students. Other students sang, others played musical instruments to entertain people. Many others sold sweets of several nationalities made by the students. Other activities included a calligraphy stand to see and learn new scripts, some cultural dances, face painting, hair braiding, and an origami stand.
The day was a big success, bringing the community together to support an important cause. Thanks to all the people who attended this initiative, we obtained € 200 that we sent to Laura’s school. A student from Belgium, Alexander Ruijter, is currently planning a concert in Monfalcone for April to raise more funds.