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CSU graduate student sending aid to Haiti

January 14, 2010

The earthquake in Haiti has attracted a mass outpouring of condolences, support, and rescue efforts. As scores of people are displaced and still in fear of aftershocks and searching for loved ones - finding shelter is a major concern.

 Raising awareness of environmental refugees & displaced people

As the coming days turn to weeks and the months of recovery loom ahead, and we watch on television, the devastation and wonder "what can we do"; one answer is to give.

For the past few months, CSU graduate student Phoenix Mourning-Star, has been working with the UK group ShelterBox to raise awareness of environmental refugees and displaced people around the world. As a ShelterBox representative, Phoenix provides information and requests donations for the distribution of emergency shelter kits in disaster locations around the world.

Boxes of aid

ShelterBox instantly responds to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid and each box supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. The contents are tailored depending on the nature and location of the disaster, with great care taken sourcing every item to ensure it is robust enough to be of lasting value.

Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies worldwide.

Goal of raising $5,000 to sponsor five shelters

Since its inception in 2000, ShelterBox has firmly established itself at the forefront of international disaster relief, providing emergency shelter for the people who need it most on every continent.

Phoenix is asking for the support of the CSU community to raise a goal of $5,000 for CSU to sponsor five shelters be sent to Haiti - that is enough to house 50 people!

Donations to support the goal can be sent to:

c/o Phoenix Mourning-Star
PO Box 1087
Fort Collins, Colorado 80522

Questions? Contact Phoenix via e-mail at

Contact: Phoenix Mourning-Star
Phone: (970) 222-5943