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Alpha men rally to rebuild school in Haiti

This week, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. announced plans to help rebuild one of the damaged elementary school buildings in Haiti. One year ago, the world came to a standstill at the horrific and shocking news of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. This week, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. announced plans to help rebuild one of the damaged elementary school buildings.

 During the Christmas holidays, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. sponsored a holiday dinner for Haitian children at the school soon to be renovated by the fraternity in Croix de Bouquet, Haiti. Here, Samuel Darguin interacts with the kids at the dinner. (Courtesy photo)

Alpha is the world’s oldest collegiate fraternity of black men, and the first integrated collegiate fraternal organization in the U.S. It has scores of Haitian-born members and Haitian descendants among the nearly 200,000 men initiated into Alpha since its founding in 1906.

Upon learning of the catastrophe last January, fraternity members across the U.S. began collecting funds and supplies. A delegation of brothers, including health and medical professionals, educators and social scientists journeyed to Haiti on a humanitarian mission.

The delegation, led by fraternity (international) General President Herman “Skip” Mason Jr., an Atlanta college administrator and minister, located more than 15 families of Alpha brothers in and around Port-Au-Prince. Those family members received direct contributions of cash, food, tents, toiletries, first aid supplies and fraternal love from the men of Alpha. They also had a chance to send video messages back to their relatives in the U.S., letting them know they had survived.

During the fraternity’s annual convention, in July, in Las Vegas, delegates adopted a plan to renovate one of the schools in the Croix de bouquet area of Haiti. The school is slated to be renamed the Alpha Academy.

“We’ve had an architect and members of the fraternity pay a visit to the site and we have schematic designs for the renovation of the school ready to go,” said Mason. “We are pleased to announce that plans are underway for renovation to begin in March, with completion scheduled for midsummer.”

In addition to repairs, the fraternity, through contributions to its Alpha Haiti Relief Fund, is providing furniture and supplies. Along with the national relief fund, local chapters all across the U.S., in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean are raising funds for the project.

(To donate to the fund, visit apa1906.net. View the Alpha’s trip to Haiti at www.youtube.com/apa1906network.)

Source: BlackNews.com

Haitian relief

Want to help with Haiti earthquake relief efforts?

Here’s a list of charities:

Yele Haiti: yele.org or text “yele” to 501501 to donate $5
American Red Cross: Redcross.org or text “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10
UNICEF: unicefusa.org
Direct Relief International: directrelief.org or text “GIVE10” to 20222 to donate $10
Partners in Health: pih.org
Clinton Bush Haiti Fund: clintonbushhaitifund.org
NAACP for Haiti: naacp.org
World Food Program: wfp.org
Save the Children: savethechildren.org
Doctors Without Borders: doctorswithoutborders.org
Feed The Children: feedthechildren.org
Care: care.org
Habitat for Humanity: habitat.org

Compiled by NNPA News Service

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