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1/15/2010 —

Five American dollars, the equivalent of 200 Haitian gourdes, can buy more than 16,500 milliliters, or 66 eight-ounce glasses, of water in Haiti, according to information found in an MSN South Africa news article. This staggering figure inspired Penn State Brandywine students to mobilize in the name of Cinq, a campus organization created within days of the 7.0 earthquake that devastated the country. The word itself means "five" in Creole, the language used by most Haitians.

Cinq was formed through a collaboration of the campus' Student Government Association and its student-run Society of Caribbean Americans (SOCA) in an effort to raise money and supply basic needs to Haitians.
The students are asking for donations of just five dollars or aid in the form of basic goods, such as soap, clothing, bottled water, baby diapers, deodorant, toothpaste and brushes, baby food and formula, canned foods and medical supplies. All donations, whether monetary or other, will be given directly to UNICEF (the United Nations Children's Fund).

For more information on Cinq or how to donate, contact Brittney Walker at bvw5024@psu.edu or Kelly-Ann Woods at klw5255@psu.edu.

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