RHS grad raising funds for Haiti volunteer trip

Sara Donnelly, a 2015 graduate of Ridgefield High School, plans to travel to Haiti this summer and volunteer at a free public health clinic.

Donnelly, who is studying nutrition and dietetics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, said she will be working with YourStory International, an organization founded by a UMass alum that provides primary health care and disaster relief to the rural village Pont Morel, outside the city Léogâne.

“Many volunteer trips to third world countries provide ‘voluntourism,’ not just volunteering,” Donnelly explained. “‘Voluntourism’ is a trip that is part travel and excursions and part volunteering. YourStory is different in that the primary mission of the trip is to provide health care for the community.”

YourStory was founded by a group of Haitians and Americans in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.

“Many other non-profits that came to Haiti’s aid provided things that the Haitians did not actually need and oftentimes displaced local businesses and workers by providing free goods and labor,” Donnelly said.

The cost of the trip is $1,200. Donations may be made through Donnelly’s Facebook page or through the app ‘Venmo’ to the username @Sara_Donnelly.

“Any donations, even a few dollars, are greatly appreciated," she said.

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