Shortly after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and aware of limited volunteer ability to assist with post-disaster relief, Break Away wrote to our schools asking them not to send trips to Haiti. We heard back: "Okay - but if not now, then when?" The Haiti Compact was a response - in pursuit of thoughtfully providing long-term, collaborative assistance to communities in Haiti through alternative breaks. During the summer of 2010 the five founding universities did an exploratory trip to Haiti and have been working collectively in the four years since, through direct service efforts, advocacy, and awareness raising.
The five founding universities, along with Break Away, are American University, the College of William and Mary, Indiana University, Loyola Marymount University and the University of Maryland. Since the initial formation of the Compact, the University of Connecticut, Middlebury College, and Eastern Michigan University have become members.Haiti Compact Report Haiti Compact Report: 4 Years Later