In response to Wednesday's massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti, brothers of Phi Iota Alpha are in the country directly assisting victims.
Brother Ranciel "Calibre" Garcia, graduate of the Beta Chapter of Phi Iota Alpha at SUNY Stony Brook, along with medical students of the Universidad Iberoamericana Medical School Dominican Republic are providing medical assistance to the injured victims of the earthquake.
Ranciel told us: "We drove out Saturday 3:30 AM sharp! We put on our game faces and set out to do what we could. On a normal day the Santo Domingo - Port Au Prince drive is 8 hours. We didn't know what the roads were like. We told everyone coming with us, get through your hospital duties and GET TO BED!! We're gonna need all the strength we can summon and, most importantly, the people of Haiti are gonna need all the strength we can give them."
We ask everyone to continue to support Phi Iota Alpha's & Direct Relief International relief efforts buy donating whatever they can: Please click here to donate. All proceeds will go directly to support our earthquake response efforts in Haiti.
Since 2000, Direct Relief has provided more than $60 million in medical material aid to Haiti
Direct Relief's partners in-country provide medical care for thousands of vulnerable Haitians. Partners in Health began in 1985 as a small community clinic; today that clinic has grown to a 104-bed, full-service hospital and eight other clinic sites across Haiti's Central Plateau. Food for the Poor, a Catholic relief agency founded in 1982, offers assistance to the poor throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Visitation Hospital serves between 80 and 90 patients a day at its facility outside Port-au-Prince, which houses a lab and pharmacy, seven exam rooms, two medical/dental procedure rooms, and a food bank.
Since 1931, Phi Iota Alpha has set precedents for Latino greek leadership in the global community. Through the past 75 years, Phi Iota Alpha has cultivated and inspired Latino men nationwide to become leaders of their communities across Latin America and the United States. Open to all men, this distinguished brotherhood includes many professionals and former presidents of Latin American countries. Today Phi Iota Alpha, the Oldest Latino Fraternity in existence, continues to lead as the preeminent Latino fraternal organization with chapters throughout the United States.
Founded in 1948, Direct Relief International is a Santa Barbara, California-based nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality of life by bringing critically needed medicines and supplies to local healthcare providers worldwide. In 2006, Direct Relief provided over $200 million in direct aid through medical material assistance and targeted cash grants to more than 300 healthcare facilities and organizations in 56 countries, providing 23.8 million courses of treatment. Direct Relief is one of two charities ranked by Forbes that has received a perfect fundraising efficiency score for five consecutive years.
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