Law student from Haiti, School of Law coordinate Haitian relief efforts on USD campus

VERMILLION, S.D. -- As efforts continue globally to help Haiti in the aftermath of this month’s devastating earthquake, a law school student at The University of South Dakota is doing what she can locally to raise money and provide resources to help those closest to her – family.

Sterella Martine Jeanty, a second-year law school student at USD, is a native of Haiti and was directly impacted by the disaster as many of her family are still missing. Unable to go home to facilitate to personal matters, Jeanty is coordinating fundraising efforts with The USD School of Law, directing those who can help with donations to visit the Web site: http://yele.org. According to Jeanty, yele.org is a Web site for Yéle Haiti, a grassroots movement currently working to provide food distribution and emergency relief. Through yele.org, she says, 100 percent of donations will go to Haitian relief.

“Martine did lose family during the earthquake and many are still missing,” said Elizabeth Overmoe, Student Bar Association President of the USD School of Law.  “Since Martine is unable to go home at this time she wanted to do as much as possible to help her family.  We are currently working with law students, faculty, administration, as well as other USD employees to raise funds for those left with nothing.”

In addition to making contributions via yele.org, on campus donations can be made at collection bins labeled “Change 4 Change” at the front desk of the Muenster University Center, the law school circulation desk and at the Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medicine and Science Building.

“Any amount will make a difference,” Jeanty stated in a letter provided by the USD Student Bar Association. “We will have a variety of fundraisers throughout the coming weeks to support those with nothing left once the earthquake hit.”

To make a donation online, please visit http://yele.org.