Dr. Tammy T. Webb, an associate professor in the department of human development and services at North Carolina A&T State University, traveled to Haiti with several teams from North Carolina, Florida, and Michigan.  The purpose of the trip was to host three Christmas parties for over 9,000 orphans and children.  During the Christmas parties, the children of Haiti were served hot meals and received Christmas gift bags.  The Christmas gift bags consisted of a toy, a piece of candy, a snack, and an activity booklet, educational material, or personal items. It took the team two days to assemble 9, 000 Christmas gift bags, which required the team to work 10 hour days in extreme heat with limited electrical power and water.

Since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, the country’s orphan rate has increased to over 200,000 children.  It is estimated that over 250,000 people died as a result of the earthquake. Another 10,000 died from cholera, and 5,000 from malaria. Over 1 million people still live in tents in vacant lots and parks across the country.  Webb has plans to return to Haiti this year and in the near future she would like to take a team of counseling students with her.