By Sara Kay, Features Editor
The Hofstra Haitian Organization, commonly known as H20, may be inactive right now, but it is making strides in becoming an active and heavily populated group on campus once again. Due to a large graduating class consisting of a majority of the executive board and a lack of active members, the club was forced to become inactive for the spring semester. But Frody Louis, a senior and current president of H20, has been a large part of the effort to re-activate the club, especially in a time when all Haitians are coming together to support their family and friends back in their home country.
"Right now is the ideal time to come together," said Louis, "we came together as a group because we are Haitian, every Haitian around the world has come together. We want to take that energy and put it towards the organization and get stuff going."
Before the club was forced to become inactive, there was a great interest in it and the events that they held on a regular basis attracted several University students. Ice cream socials, mixers and even a Miss Caribbean Pageant got the club recognition for being invested in the large Haitian community at the University. "Every year we have a special event that we do with Haitian food, and people are always asking me when the next event is because the Haitian food is so good.
Louis, who came to New York in 2002, has several family and friends who are still in Haiti, and he has made great efforts in donating money, food and clothes to his family and friends, as well as to the population of Haiti as a whole. His only immediate family still in Haiti, his aunt, fortunately survived the devastating earthquake. "My aunt is fine, but there are people I went to school with in Port-Au-Prince who I haven't heard from yet, I don't know if they're alive or dead." Louis's donations to Haiti include money to Yele Haiti as well as the American Red Cross. "People at my church collected clothes, sneakers and food to send in a container to Haiti, and I've texted donations a million times."
To be an active group on campus there must be a minimum of 10 names and e-mail addresses for the group. Several people have been in contact with Louis asking when the club will be up and running again; "The interest is there, everyone has been coming up to me asking what's up with H20. People want to be involved with the Haitian organization as opposed to other groups on campus," Louis said. A trip to Haiti is even being brainstormed among members of H20 for the alternative spring break offered at the University every year.
With a dedicated executive board and energetic members, the Hofstra Haitian Organization has the ability to do great things for the Haitian community, both at the University as well as in Haiti.
"The thing we need to do is come together and find people who have the time and dedication to run the organization as it should be run," Louis said.