Nina Brandi, a sophomore nursing student at Quinnipiac University, is leading a group of students and a recent graduate to Haiti during spring break, March 8-15, to help children at risk of becoming victims of human trafficking and forced into domestic service.
“These children have had such horrific experiences,” said Brandi, who has been to Haiti five times with the Restavec Freedom Alliance. The nonprofit organization supports 34 children in two homes in the cities of Chantal and Ducis, about four hours away from Port-au-Prince, where the students will volunteer.
Brandi originally invited some of her classmates to go with her on an informal trip to work with the children. She was overwhelmed by the interest. When her group grew to 20, the Department of Cultural and Global Education began collaborating with Brandi to make the visit an official University trip-and Quinnipiac’s first service trip to Haiti.
“There is a great deal of need in Haiti. We are excited to give our students an opportunity to do service work there,” said Diane Ariza, associate vice president for academic affairs and chief diversity officer at Quinnipiac. The University currently offers service and educational trips several times a year to Barbados, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua, South Africa and other countries. The Institute for Global Public Health at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine also is working with global partners to establish educational clinical and research opportunities for students abroad, including Haiti.
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