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Moravian Encourages Campus Community to Support Relief in Haiti

Bethlehem, Pa., January 15, 2010—Moravian College is encouraging its students, faculty members, and staff to support relief efforts in Haiti. The Rt. Rev. C. Hopeton Clennon, Chaplain of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary is leading the effort to encourage the campus community to consider gifts to relief agencies that are rated 4 stars by Charity Navigator, including CARE,  Doctors Without Borders, Food for the Poor, Freedom from Hunger, Habitat for Humanity, and Oxfam America.  In addition, Clennon is working with Moravian’s Community Service Office to facilitate and coordinate  additional campus efforts in response to the disaster.

“As members of the Moravian College community, we care about and respond to the crisis in Port au Prince, Haiti as a matter of human solidarity,” said Rev. Clennon. “We are moved by the impact of Tuesday’s earthquake disaster.  We acknowledge that we, together with the victims in Haiti, are part of one human community.  What affects some of us affects all of us.”

Clennon’s plea explained how some survivors are dying from lack of medical treatment and supplies, and soon others may be facing death from lack of food and water.   “Part of our response will be to offer what we can to help the victims of the earthquake,” he noted. “Some of us will offer money for relief of the suffering in Haiti through various organizations.  Some of us may have the opportunity to go to Haiti ourselves to participate directly in the relief efforts.”

He also ask those to respond to the crisis in the context of their own spirituality. “Some of us who are part of communities of faith which practice prayer may want to pray for the people of Haiti, for those who will go to their aid, and for the leaders of the world who guide humanitarian efforts,”  Clennon said. “Others may want to reflect privately on the philosophical meaning and the social, political, and economic implications of the earthquake.  Some of us may simply ‘have a good thought’ for the people of Haiti.”

“All of these things will bind us in the Moravian College community together with sisters and brothers in the global community—especially those who are suffering in Haiti,” he concluded.

While massive shipments of aid are on the way from around the world, the following organizations are well established in Haiti with operations in Port au Prince. Their staffs have been actively responding since the quake hit, in some cases already exhausting their emergency supplies.  Additional options for support may include contributing to Church World Service or texting “Yele" to 501501 which donates $5 to the Yelé Foundation (founded by Wyclef Jean).  The $5 donation is automatically charged to one’s cell phone bill.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.