Haitian Earthquake Hits Close to Home

 

Haitian school children

 

 

 

 

Professor Emeritus Dick Neves, internationally recognized for his mussel research, has long been engaged in community service projects. As a member and now chair of the Haiti Committee at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Blacksburg, Neves and the committee oversee the schooling and feeding of 164 school children in Pignon, a town 40 miles north of Port-au-Prince. Scholarships enable the children to attend school, and food is delivered weekly from Port-au-Prince to provide them lunch, which is typically their only meal of the day. Neves fears that not only will the recent earthquake impact the food shipments to Pignon, but that those fleeing the capital city into the countryside will overwhelm the fragile and poor communities in the rest of Haiti. Neves awaits news on his many contacts in Haiti, including former students, as they deal with the earthquake’s aftermath. T-shirts featuring this photo of students in Pignon are being sold to raise funds for the project. The $20 price will provide a student with either lunch or tuition for 2 months. To purchase a t-shirt, contact Dick Neves at mussel2@verizon.net.

 

 

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