The fundraising efforts of two undergraduate social work students have captured the attention of The Columbus Dispatch. Janna Johnson (pictured right) and Janell Jones are coordinating a fundraiser for Haiti earthquake survivors through a new student organization they have started called Buckeyes for Haiti Solace.
The social work students are living out their professional values of service and social justice by collecting donated goods from local businesses for a charitable online auction
, which has now been extended to March 8
, that will benefit the non-profit medical organization, Partners In Health, that operates in Haiti. According to its website, "Partners In Health (PIH) works to bring modern medical care to poor communities in nine countries around the world," including Haiti. The PIH operation in Haiti is its "flagship project – the oldest, largest, most ambitious, and most replicated" of its programs, which began in 1985.
Janna and Janell learned about PIH and the poverty of Haiti when they read the 2008-09 Ohio State Buckeye Book, Mountains Beyond Mountains, while enrolled in Social Work 100 during spring quarter of 2009. The book describes how an American doctor, Paul Farmer, founded PIH in response the desperate conditions, illness, and lack of basic and medical resources faced by Haitians.
When the girls heard about the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti earlier this week, they were moved to act and to follow Dr. Paul Farmer’s charitable example by mobilizing a fundraiser for the disaster victims and for an organization treating them, PIH.
The online auction starts February 15. To visit the auction website,click here
.To read The Columbus Dispatch
story, click here