Students Helping Haiti

Students Helping Haiti

We’re so thankful for all of the students, teachers, and parents who have donated to the victims of the earthquake. Thanks to you,  “Students Helping Haiti” has raised more than $100,000 –  helping the Haitians that urgently need food.


Read what schools have been doing. Get inspired, and don't forget to send us your stories and pictures. We'll add them to the list below.


Thanks again to all of you who are dedicating time and money to helping Haiti. The struggle is far from over, but raising money and awareness is getting us closer to our goal of assisting 2 million Haitians. Help us do more, stay active, and spread the word.




St. Stephens School, Rome


A recent tradition introduced to St. Stephen’s School in Rome is that the senior class makes a gift to the school in the year that it graduates. The tradition was created to help create a philosophy of philanthropy among the students based on the premise that those who receive more are expected to help others more.  The item(s) chosen by the class for the school have always been, until this year’s gift, something tangible that the students in the lower classes could use.  This year’s gift, however, has varied from the tradition. The graduating class of 2010 decided, and received approval, to split the amount that it earned between 2 different beneficiaries. Half of the sum was used to “adopt” some of the newly installed chairs in the school auditorium and the other half was destined to underwrite relief work in Haiti.  The idea was enthusiastically embraced by the entire school community.  It is with real pleasure that this donation has been effected to the Students for Haiti Fund of the World Food Program.


Tsukuba International School


There’s a large garden at the Tsukuba International School, and when the earthquake hit Haiti, the students wanted to use the garden to help.  After sorting through the crop of azuki beans, students sold them to parents and raised money for Haiti.


The bean-selling fundraiser started February 1st, but the beans ran out. A family donated a few bags of ginko nuts, and even when those ran out, families continued to donate. The week-long fundraiser totalled 24,000 yen in donations for “Students Helping Haiti.”


American School of Yaounde - Here's how we did it!

When the disaster struck Haiti, our American School of Yaounde Model United Nations Class, responded immediately by organizing a money collection throughout the whole school.


The class made posters and students visited all classes from Pre K to 12th grade, to inform the students about the disaster and its consequences.


Videos on the disaster were shown during advisory period, and each teacher had envelopes in his class to collect donations.

The campaign lasted for 2 weeks, and the Model UN class expected to collect $300.As a matter of fact we collected more than $1000 which demonstrates the generosity of the Yaounde, International and Cameroonian community toward the needy.


Contributions came from students, parents and even outside women organizations.


All in all, it was a great success which reinforced the ties between our school community.


A J L Orban

Model UN class advisor at ASOY


Burford School - Here's how we did it!



Burford is a medium sized comprehensive school, tucked away in the heart of the Cotswolds. Particularly when it comes to global affairs, we are an active and enthusiastic bunch. Our Link with a Ugandan school on the Ssese Islands is the longest running link with an East African school in the country. In combination with numerous other links and exchanges, Burford has always enjoyed a slight international flavour.


When disaster struck in Haiti, students and staff alike were quick to respond, and in just one day of donations, the student body raised over one and a half thousand pounds for the World Food Programme. How? Schools are perfect places to raise money – the pupils are pragmatic and inventive, and the staff provide perfect administrators to focus such energy! In aid of Haiti, we went for a simple and reliable ‘Non-Uniform Day’. It’s amazing what just one day of really simple fundraising can do. The students enjoy time in their own clothes, and have to make just a small donation to do so – but as I said, being the enthusiastic lot they are, many go out of their way to raise extra funds. We are excited about extending our work with the World Food Program over the next few months both raising awareness amongst the student body and raising more much needed money.


Barney Iley-Williamson 

Head Boy

Burford School





Lakes Community High School


For one day, students didn’t get in trouble for texting during school – in fact, it was encouraged.


Through WFP’s texting to help Haiti campaign, students at Lakes Community High School raised $940 just by using their cell phones. During their lunch period, students were allowed to text FRIENDS to 90999 and give $5 to WFP’s relief. The school in Lake Villa, Ill. joined “Students Helping Haiti” last week and raised nearly $2,500 as of 26 January. 



Marymount International School Rome


Students at Rome’s Marymount International School used their fashion sense to help Haiti. On 8 January, the secondary school students dressed in red and blue – the colors of the Haitian Flag – as part of a fundraising “dress down day.” To participate, students paid €5, and the money went toward “Students Helping Haiti.”


The elementary school students did a similar fundraiser by hosting a jeans day, for which students made contributions to Haiti in order to participate.


Last year, the school held a Hunger Awareness Campaign, and combined with the two out-of-uniform days, Marymount raised more than $8,000 for “Students Helping Haiti.”



New Canaan Country School (NCCS)

The students at New Canaan Country School must bake some incredible cookies. Through a bake sale, they raised $3,310! The Connecticut school donated the proceeds of the sale to “Students Helping Haiti” and said they hope to continue collecting funds for the earthquake victims.

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Otianes Jouissance, 60 years old, is a farmer who helped build terraces through the cash-for-assets project. “The project gave me a job and helped me put food on the table,” he said.

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