Dan DiLucchio building the Eco-Village
in the central plateau of Haiti.
He was working with the
Papaye Peasant Movement.
When Neumann University professor Dan DiLucchio traveled to Haiti in January 2012, he was shocked at the Haitians’ living conditions years after the 2010 earthquake.
“These people had been living in tents for two years. It was such a horrible situation,” he said.
DiLucchio went to Haiti on a service learning trip with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). He spent some time in Port-au-Prince, the nation’s capital and one of the regions hardest hit by the January 12, 2010, earthquake. The group’s mission was to help build an Eco-Village in the north of Port-au-Prince’s central plateaus.
“I’ve always wanted to go on a service trip, and the timing was right,” DiLucchio said.
After he left the impoverished nation, DiLucchio’s desire to help burned deeply. He sought ways to help make life a bit more bearable for the Haitians.
“We started to collect medical equipment, wheelchairs, canes, walkers, things that the hospitals in Port-au-Prince can use. Instead of seeing it go to landfills or sitting around someone’s house, I thought the people in Haiti could really use this equipment,” he explained.
The first load of medical equipment has been sent to Haiti. DiLucchio and his team were able to collect enough equipment to fill one-half of a tractor trailer.
For DiLucchio, this was not a one-shot deal. He plans on continuing to collect medical equipment for Haiti. One of his ideas includes having an “equipment collection Sunday” at various churches in the area. He also plans to have a collection on the Neumann University campus in the near future.
“My vision is to make this an ongoing effort. There’s plenty of equipment out there. What I’m working on is the ways to get it to Haiti,” he said.
DiLucchio is an adjunct faculty member for the M.S. in Organizational and Strategic Leadership program. In addition, he has been a member of the Neumann University Strategic Planning Committee of the Board of Trustees and has served on the Institute for Sport, Spirituality, and Character Development Advisory Council since its inception.
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