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Pepperdine Responds to the Earthquake in Haiti
The 7.0-magnitude tremor that struck Haiti, the Western Hemisphere's poorest country, on Tuesday, Jan 12, is estimated to have affected one third of the nation's 9-million people.
President Barack Obama promised the people of Haiti that they would not be "forsaken" or "forgotten," and the Pepperdine community has answered that call.
"I know that the sorrow we all feel is tremendous," said Pepperdine President Andrew K. Benton in his message to the Pepperdine community. "As aid begins to reach the devastated country, I am heartened to witness the goodness of friends, neighbors, and even strangers. People worldwide—including members of our Pepperdine community—have come together to offer prayers, give money, and provide assistance in support of the Haitian people."
In response to the devastation in Haiti, the Pepperdine community participated in a time of prayer on January 15 in Stauffer Chapel on the Malibu campus. Students, faculty, and staff used this time together to remember before God the tens of thousands who have lost loved ones in this tragedy, and the Haitian people as they struggle to restore order and resources.
A Pepperdine Haiti Relief Web site has been established to offer resources through which the community can offer donations and keep up on the latest news. Pepperdine has also set up a place for the community to come together and share their thoughts and prayers for the people of Haiti. Click here to contribute a prayer of your own.
For more information on how to get involved in the Haiti Disaster Relief, contact the Pepperdine Volunteer Center.