Students raise money for immigrants and orphans

Fairhaven student Isabella Reis-Newsom presents funds on behalf of the class to representatives of the MUDHA organization at a meeting held in Santo Domingo, D.R. A number of the students in the class are staying on during the summer to work with various NGOs in the Dominican Republic and Haiti on behalf of Haitian refugee efforts. Courtesy photo

A number of the students in the class are staying on during the summer to work with various NGOs in the Dominican Republic and Haiti on behalf of Haitian refugee efforts. Courtesy photo

A number of the students in the class are staying on during the summer to work with various NGOs in the Dominican Republic and Haiti on behalf of Haitian refugee efforts. Courtesy photo

Western Today staff

Students of Fairhaven College's Class Race, Culture and Society In the Latin Caribbean class at Western Washington University have raised more than $3,500 in funds for MUDHA (El Movimiento de Mujeres Dominico-Haitiana), an organization that works directly with Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic and with orphans within Haiti. The MUDHA organization is composed of and run by Dominican-Haitian women who provide education, health and legal services for Haitian women and children in both the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

The FC-337 class was conducted in spring quarter with Western students studying and residing within the Dominican Republic. The students of the Fairhaven class raised funds over the course of the winter quarter to provide MUDHA with support for their many efforts. They also worked directly in a batey (sugar plantation) over two weekends with Haitian children and provided them with snacks, sports equipment and books while engaging them in activities such as dance, mural painting, music and literacy exercises.