Students and faculty from the College of Architecture and Design head to Haiti next week to continue work on design-build projects, including a guidebook that will address the urgent need for adequate building standards in the country. The book, LIFEHouse, will emphasize the lesser-known relationship between housing design and disease prevention. The UT Haiti Project team will be in the country May 29 to June 1.
Katie Riley’s big idea has translated into big help for a destitute community. In 2009, she organized “Fierce and Fancy,” an event where people donated old formal dresses for a fashion show and silent auction to raise money for a Haitian community. The Haiti Outreach Program and the UT Haiti Club will host its third annual fashion show and dress sale on Saturday, March 3.
Shortly after the January 12, 2010, earthquake rocked Haiti, a group of students and faculty from UT Knoxville collaborated on designing and constructing a secondary school complex in the island nation’s town of Fond-des-Blancs. Today marks the two-year anniversary of the earthquake.
Haiti relief efforts are happening across the United States. However, two courageous high school seniors are crossing the U.S. for Haiti relief. Memphis University School seniors Cort Gatliff and Christian Kauffman are bike riding from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for clean water in Haiti. Their project is called The Water Cycle. Gatliff will be a UT freshman in the fall.
UT Knoxville sophomore Katie Riley is co-chairing the “Fierce & Fancy Formals” fashion show to raise money for a secondary school in Boucan-Carre, Haiti. Riley is a volunteer for an organization called Haiti Outreach Program, which is an ecumenical mission of Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville.
Many of our faculty, staff and students are involved in efforts to support Haiti as the nation struggles to recover from the catastrophic earthquake that hit Jan. 12.