A common thread that unites many students from Trinity School of Medicine is their desire to assist under-served communities through the power of medicine. Two Trinity students, Ms. Crystal Shaw and Ms. Sarah Theart accepted the call and on November 5, 2011 began what will be a challenging and rewarding journey.
Senior MD students, Crystal Shaw and Sarah Theart were selected to partipate in the Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Work Project for Habitat for Humanity. From Nov. 5 to Nov. 12, 2011, the former U.S. president and First Lady will join hundreds of volunteers in Haiti to help Haitian partner families rebuild their homes and lives since the devastation of the 2010 earthquake. During the Carter Work Project, volunteers will build 100 earthquake-resistant homes in the city of Léogâne, located less than 20 miles from the epicenter in Port-au-Prince.
Ms. Shaw and Ms. Theart will be playing a critical role during the mission trip, utilizing what they've learned in their years of medical school by supporing the Physicians within the Medical Corp at the Léogâne build site. Their volunteer participation will likely be extremely challenging given the existing conditions and long hours that everyone involved will be devoting. From their endeavors they are sure to return with a genuine sense of accomplishment and having learned a great deal as well. Both Trinity Students have special connections that will offer even more personal meaning for each. Ms. Shaw has been involved with Habitat for Humanity builds for many years and was previously scheduled to serve in Haiti, but the trip was cancelled for security reasons. For Ms. Theart, being of Haitian descent, the opportunity to serve in Haiti was a way to give back to the country of her ancestors and of her current family.
We look forward to sharing pictures and additional stories from these two fantastic students at the end of their experience and wish them the very best as they are serving the volunteers and the the community in Haiti.