A squadron of volunteers, including a liaison from the Berkeley born What If? Foundation, flew to Haiti this week bearing food, first aid and water. Since 2000, Margaret Trost’s foundation has supplied up to 1,500 meals per day to poverty-stricken Haitian kids via St. Clare’s Church in Port-au-Prince. This 7.0 magnitude devastation has called Trost and her fellow Berkeley coordinators to kick some serious relief aid butt, Paul Farmer style.

In related news, three UC Berkeley grad students (who had been in Haiti pre-earthquake working on various sustainable development projects) are safe, unharmed and have elected to stay and put some sweat equity into the relief effort.

After all, in the face of destroyed homes, a dilapidated presidential palace, and the need to raise billions of dollars to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, sometimes a dixie cup of H20 and a few handfuls of non-perishable dry goods is all a person can think to ask for.

Image Source: Garrett Crawford under Creative Commons
Bay Area Haiti Help on the Way [NBC Bay Area]