Catholic Relief Services Speaker To Discuss Haiti Recovery on March 29

Jude Marie Banatte, M.D., head of programming for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), is coming to Manhattan College on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. to share his personal story of helping to rebuild Haiti.

Jude Marie Banatte, M.D., head of programming for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), is coming to Manhattan College on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. to share his personal story of helping to rebuild Haiti. Strengthening Haiti ~ After the Earthquake is open to the public and will be held in the Alumni Room of O’Malley Library.

Immediately after last year’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, Banatte and a CRS team from the Les Cayes office in the southern part of Haiti filled their trucks with emergency supplies and navigated the dangerous rubble-strewn roads to Port-au-Prince. As soon as Banatte and his team arrived in Port-au-Prince, they went to Hospital St. Francois de Sales, the city’s main medical facility, to recover medical supplies and pushed to get the hospital up and running as soon as possible.

“It’s easy to lose sight of our neighbors’ struggles when the story is gone from the front page, and Dr. Banatte’s visit to Manhattan helps keep the continuing struggle in Haiti at the forefront of our minds,” said Lois Harr, director of campus ministry and social action at Manhattan College.

Banatte’s history with CRS, the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community, spans 11 years in Haiti. As the head of programming for CRS, he has managed a variety of large-scale agricultural and health development projects.

For more information on the event, please contact Lois Harr by phone at (718) 862-7142 or e-mail lois.harr@manhattan.edu.