It’s been almost 2 ½ years since a 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti, but the relief effort is far from over. Only about half of the debris from the quake has been cleared, according to Oxfam. Only a fraction of the promised foreign aid has arrived, and more than a half million people are still living in tents, lacking basic necessities such as food, water or soap, let alone jobs.
P.J. Pitts, a 2009 graduate of Pacific University’s first pharmacy class, has been working to help since the beginning. She volunteered as a pharmacist in Haiti immediately after the quake and is continuing to work on trainings and projects for multiple humanitarian organizations in that country. She currently teaches classes at a new pharmacy school in New York, where she mentors American pharmacy students who spend two-week sessions helping in Haiti. She also is completing the paperwork to create a nonprofit charitable organization for Haiti.