Social Entrepreneurs for Education (SEE) is a student formed organization that was founded by Julia Cashen and Alexis Fogel at UCLA that is committed to raising awareness and funding for a partner school in Haiti through entrepreneurial ventures and campus-wide educational events. This July, approximately 6 students that attend UCLA will go to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in order to carry out the following objectives:
- To personally deliver funds and supplies to their partner school, Ecole Mixte
- To work shoulder to shoulder with Haitians in constructing a new school building
- To visit Aristide’s Medical School, connect with Haitian medical students, and learn more about issues with their public health
- To meet with Haitian community and human rights activists in order to learn more about realities in Haiti and how people in the US can constructively change US foreign policy
- To check up on the progress of various grassroots organizations, tent cities, and women’s groups
- Look for potential rainwater harvesting opportunities and report findings back to RainCatcher
- Deliver five clean water filter systems to filter cholera and other harmful bacteria’s to areas in need
“I met Julia at an Earth Day event in Topanga and was impressed by her enthusiasm for Haiti and her involvement in the community down there. When she saw the clean water filters we were demonstrating, she immediately thought how she could use these filters to help the people in Haiti and RainCatcher is very excited to donate filters to her trip.” – David Zielski, Executive Director of RainCatcher.
This will also be RainCatcher’s first involvement back in Haiti in almost two years since they completed several missions there following the earthquake in January 2010 providing key clean water programs.