10/28/2011, Dublin / Ireland


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Summer camps in Haiti

A group of 26 UCD students and alumni have just returned from the Gros Marne region of Haiti where they  helped to build new classrooms and run summer education camps for local children, thanks to Henkel’s ‘Make an Impact Tomorrow’ (MIT) initiative.

Dara Carr, Henkel Tallaght employee and former UCD student, applied for funding through the initiative and received €4,000 on behalf of UCDVO to support its activities in Haiti. This is the third year in a row that UCDVO has been supported by the Henkel ‘MIT’ programme.

“We are extremely grateful to Henkel for their continued support of our work in Haiti through their ‘Make an Impact Tomorrow’ programme. This year we travelled back to the Gros Marne region for one month, to continue our summer camps, providing local children with an opportunity to learn through play and be exposed to new activities and approaches to learning. The energy and positivity that has been created in this community has been exceptional and UCDVO are grateful to Henkel’s ongoing support for our work in Haiti.”

The group, made up of UCD Volunteers Oversees (UCDVO), offers students and alumni of University College Dublin the opportunity to contribute their time and skills to development projects overseas. For the past two years, the group has been supported by Henkel’s ‘MIT’ initiative. Henkel, the manufacturer of many well-known household brands such as Pritt, Sellotape, Unibond, Loctite, Right Guard and Schwarzkopf, encourages its employees to take part in its employee engagement programme which enables employees of the company to perform volunteer activities in their free time, for the benefit of worthy projects.

Volunteers use the camps, which are held throughout the month of July, as an opportunity to highlight to the children and their parents the benefit of education and also to teach the children about basic hygiene. Basic meals are also provided for children at the camp and children and local counselors are thought how to treat minor illnesses and injuries.

“The summer camps are an invaluable way of reaching out to the local community,” said Dara Carr. “Through the camps, we are able to reach out to over 700 children and since we started the camps in 2005, we have seen a dramatic increase in school enrolments and a greater demand from the community for educational facilities. More than 320 children have enrolled in the school since our summer camps began. “

For more information and to keep updated on their progress, visit: www.ucdvo.org.

About the Henkel MIT Initiative
The Henkel ‘Make an Impact on Tomorrow’ (‘MIT’) employee engagement initiative enables Henkel’s employees to perform volunteer activities in their free time for the benefit of local charity projects.
Support may take the form of in-kind, product and financial donations. Employees can also volunteer for activities on full-pay, but outside of their company duties. Since its inception in 1998, the MIT Initiative has sponsored 4,574 projects worldwide and contributed more than £6 million (€9 million) in 105 countries.

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