Students Sponsor Charity Movie Night to Raise Funds for Haiti

February 17, 2010
Contact:

Lisanne Petracca, lsp11@duke.edu, or Akiko Haruna, ahl30@duke.edu

DURHAM, N.C. – Graduate students at the Nicholas School of the Environment will host a charity movie night Tuesday, Feb. 23, to raise funds for relief efforts in Haiti.

The Working Group on the Environment in Latin America (WGELA) will screen the Haitian documentary, “The Road to Fondwa,” at 7 p.m. in room A247 of the Levine Science Research Building.

Admission is $5. All proceeds will be donated to Partners in Health, a nonprofit organization cofounded by Duke alumnus Dr. Paul Farmer. The organization has been working in Haiti for more than 20 years, providing healthcare to some of the poorest people in the world. It built and runs Zanmi Lasante, a hospital that is one of the largest nongovernmental health care facilities in Haiti.

“The Road to Fondwa” has played to packed houses at many international film festivals since its release in 2008. It chronicles the efforts of the people of Fondwa, a poor rural Haitian town, to build moderns schools, roads and housing for their community.

For more information, contact Lisanne Petracca at lsp11@duke.edu, or Akiko Haruna atahl30@duke.edu.