Tech students hold collection drive to benefit Haitian victims
A group of New Mexico Tech students, led by the Engineers Without Borders interest group, kicked off their Tents, Tarps and Rope Drive on Wednesday, March 3, by constructing a temporary shelter from scrap materials in the Fidel Student Union atrium.
The event is the launching point for a weeklong collection effort.
Responding to the urgent need for portable, durable shelter in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, the group will collect materials for immediate shipment to disaster relief groups. People and businesses are asked to donate tarps, rope, flashlights, batteries and other materials that can be easily shipped and used to construct shelter. Tents (with ground cloth and rain fly) are also accepted, but the primary need is for lightweight materials that can be used to quickly erect durable shelter, mainly tarps and rope.
The group will use the donated materials, along with purchased items, to assemble complete shelter kits that can be distributed easily to those who are in need.
Financial assistance is also needed. Some items will need to be purchased to complete the kits. Plus, it costs approximately $2 per pound to transport the materials from New Mexico into the hands of those who are in need. Material donors are asked to consider subsidizing the cost of shipping their donation at the rate of $2 per pound.
As another option, a donation of $25 will shelter a family. This provides a complete shelter kit, including shipping costs. Each kit contains a large tarp, a rope, a flashlight, a knife, zip-ties and other supplies.
With the rainy season upon them, the need for shelter is quickly becoming urgent for the people of Haiti. Hundreds of thousands of people are left without homes after last month’s devastating earthquake. Quick action is necessary.
Donors are asked to please respond by Wednesday, March 10. Collection stations have been established on the New Mexico Tech campus in the Fidel Student Union (in the hallway across from the bookstore) and the Electrical Engineering Department (Workman building, Room 181). Financial contributions can be taken to the Electrical Engineering department or mailed to the address below.
For more information please contact: Andrew Tubesing, Laboratory Managerm New Mexico Tech Department of Electrical Engineering, Workman building, Room 181, 801 Leroy Place, Socorro, NM 87801. Donors can also call 575-835-5205 or 505-328-6633; or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Contact Andrew Tubesing