Feb 10, 2010 8:21 PM by Jim Hummel

Benefit for UL Students from Haiti

In the month since an earthquake devastated Haiti, many on the campus of University of Louisiana Lafayette have opened their hearts and their wallets for a small group of students from Port au Prince.  In all, there are 14 students from Haiti studying on campus, and for most their friends and family back home are safe, but that hasn't made the past month any easier.

"It's been kind of hard but we are sticking together, holding on, keep going, focusing on school, trying to make it," said Cassandra Dahguilh.

Making it hasn't been easy for Dahguilh and her friends.  While her family is ok, since the earthquake she hasn't been able to receive their financial support, money that went a long way, paying for education and living expenses. 

To help the burden on many of these students, Ema Haq, owner of Bailey's Restaurant, decided to put on a benefit Tuesday night for the UL Lafayette Haiti Relief Fund.  The fund helps with expenses those 14 students may face in the wake of last month's earthquake. 

"This is the least I can do, and I wish I [could] do more and if I [could], I would, and hopefully it will help them," Haq said. 

Haq, a UL alumnus and former international student himself, put on a buffet dinner in his restaurant from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Tuesday night and many of the UL students from Haiti were in attendance.

If you didn't have the chance to make it to Bailey's Tuesday night, you can still help out the UL students.  You can do so online here, or donations can be dropped off at the UL Lafayette Credit Union at 619 McKinley Street in Lafayette.  For questions about donating e-mail the UL Dean of Students, or call 337-482-6276.


Jim Hummel


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