Cooley campus raises funds for Haiti cause

The January 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, reportedly claiming the lives of more than 200,000, is far removed from the minds of most Americans even though the humanitarian needs remain great.

The ongoing relief efforts, however, still strike a chord on the Auburn Hills campus of Cooley Law School, according to Dean John Nussbaumer, who indicated that “every year the students, faculty, and staff” raise funds for a deserving cause.

“We chose UNICEF-Haiti this year because while the plight of children in Haiti may be ‘old news’ to some, it continues to be a humanitarian challenge of the first order,” said Nussbaumer.

The cause, he said, “was brought to our attention by one of our Haitian students, whose young cousins were living on the street after the death of their parents in the earthquake. We thought this was one way that we could try to make a difference in the lives of those who might otherwise be forgotten.”

Through a special benefit event, the Cooley campus raised $5,000 for UNICEF-Haiti, Nussbaumer indicated. The fund-raiser featured “auction items donated by the faculty, administration and staff, including outings with faculty members and dinners with the dean.”

Last year, UNICEF-Haiti reportedly provided malnutrition screening and treatment for 400,000 children, nutrition and breastfeeding counseling for 500,000 new mothers, reunification of more than 2,700 children separated from their parents, and routine vaccination coverage for almost 80 percent of Haiti’s children.

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