U.S. Army Lt. Gen. (three-star) Ken Keen, military deputy commander of U.S. Southern Command (Miami), will discuss "Haiti: Restoring Stability in the Aftermath of the Earthquake" at Florida State University on Tuesday, Sept. 28.
Keen served as the commander of the Joint Task Force Haiti (JTF-H) during Operation Unified Response (OUR). As commander of all U.S. forces in Haiti, he led the largest U.S. military operation in support of any foreign natural disaster following the Jan. 12 earthquake that killed more than an estimated 230,000 people and displaced 1.2 million.
With the support of Tupperware, FAVACA hosted a Haitian Hometown Association workshop at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando on Saturday, July 17th, 2010. Approximately 40 members of Haitian Hometown Associations and other organizations that strive to help towns across Haiti recover from the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti six months ago gathered at UCF's Harris Engineering Center for a day-long workshop to network and build fundraising and financial accounting skills. In the past year, FAVACA hosted several Haitian hometown association workshops in Boca Raton, Davie and North Miami Beach. Based on a request from Nancy Charles of Orange County Public Schools, and a member of Haiti Help Med Plus and the Orlando Haitian community, FAVACA began the organization of a workshop. FAVACA veteran volunteer Jim Mueller guided the fundraising and organizational development workshop and Tania Delinois, a FAVACA volunteer who provided post-trauma counseling in Haiti post-floods and post-earthquake, provided a session on proposal writing.