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Lourie Center Leader Plans Return to Help Haiti
Story by Clarencia Stephen
Following the devastating earthquake last January, James Venza, PhD, associate executive director of the Lourie Center and a member of the Haiti Hope and Healing Project team, visited Port-au-Prince to assess the emotional needs of the country’s children, parents, teachers and ministers. The team returned in August 2010 to implement a training program that was specifically designed to help the children and families overcome the trauma they experienced as a result of the earthquake.
“Some Haitian children lost half their classmates as they fled their school while others lost family members and friends,” said Dr. Venza. “The adult training participants watched as victims of the earthquake were moved into mass graves in Port-au-Prince to protect against the spread of disease.”
Dr. Venza’s trip is postponed until February due to political unrest in Haiti associated with the upcoming election. He and the Haiti Hope and Healing Project team members look forward to returning to observe the progress of the program and to provide additional training.