On January 12th, 2010, after four hurricanes nearly destroyed parts of Haiti, a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti leaving thousands displaced and without sanitary conditions. Since most of the capital was destroyed, Haiti was in dire need of help. Relief organizations around the world began to send supplies and support to help rebuild Port-au-Prince and surrounding disaster areas. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, located in Daytona Beach, FL, rallied students together to use their engineering skills to provide relief for those affected by the earthquake. Since 2010, student volunteers have traveled to Haiti to install solar-powered community water systems around the country, including The Nehemiah Vision Ministries camp, Anne Clemande Children's Foundation, Internally Displaced People (IDP), and Ryan Epps Home for Children.
This year Embry-Riddle engineering students collaborated to raise funds for a solar powered water purification system for Dayspring Missions, a nonprofit organization dedicated to humanitarian efforts around the world. Local and national corporations joined forces in effort to support Embry-Riddle’s mission to help Dayspring Missions’ Haiti relief efforts. Solar-Fit Founder and Embry-Riddle alumnus, Bill Gallagher, has passionately supported his Alma Mater for over four decades and has been heavily involved in the Haiti project since 2010 when the earthquake first struck. Solar-Fit is excited to see the community not only support renewable energy, but also use its exponential benefits to provide relief for disaster areas. Nothing proves how invaluable solar energy is more than Embry-Riddle’s efforts to provide clean drinking water for developing countries in hopes of lifting them out of poverty.
For more information about how to support Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Project Haiti initiative go to www.facebook.com/ProjectHaitiEmbryRiddle.