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Law students head to Haiti next month

February 13, 2009

Konbit Pou Edikasyon, a nonprofit group of law students, along with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, recently held “Nuit de Soleil,” a night of art and music to benefit an education fund for children in Haiti.

The Feb. 6 benefit at McKenna Museum of African American Art helped raise nearly $1,100. Guests were treated to the music of Troy Sawyer and The Woody Rinker Jazz Trio. The event was sponsored by the McKenna Museum, the Musicians’ Clinic, Whole Foods Markets, the Loyola University New Orleans Student Bar Association and the Young Friends Society.

Konbit Pou Edikasyon sponsors children in Haiti, providing funds and supplies for their educational needs. The group currently sponsors 13 children in Cite Soleil.

Law students from Loyola will travel to Haiti next month with clothing, toys and supplies. The money raised from “Nuit du Soleil” will be given to the schools that the children attend. The law students will also meet with potential families to determine eligibility for educational scholarships this year. Children, their parents, as well as the children’s teachers fill out monthly progress reports so Konbit can continuously assess the needs of the children and evaluate the effectiveness of their assistance.

“The strength of our organization lies in the fact that our board members are able to collectively draw on the skills possessed by each of us individually, to work as a united body towards aiding Haitian children obtain an education,” stated Jose Massingue, co-founder and co-chair of Konbit Pou Edikasyon.

In March 2008, students from Loyola University College of Law joined other law students from across the United States in Haiti to deliver school supplies and food to children there. The overwhelming need for assistance prompted the law students to form Konbit Pou Edikasyon, to make sure that each “Konbit Kid” gets the chance to go to school. The name Konbit Pou Edikasyon means “working together for education” in Haitian Creole.

For more information, visit www.konbitpe.org or e-mail edikasyon@gmail.com.

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