Business professor travels with Hope for Haiti Foundation, explores opportunities for students

May 22, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Business professor travels with Hope for Haiti Foundation, explores opportunities for students

BUIES CREEK -- Campbell Business Associate Professor and MBA Program Director Dr. Edward Fubara recently traveled to Haiti in an effort explore opportunities for students. Dr. Fubara traveled alongside Hope for Haiti Foundation (HFHF) founder Jean Elade Eloi, and six students and Dr. David Tillman from the Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (CPHS).

“My goal for this trip was to investigate ways in which Campbell Business students might work with HFHF,” said Fubara. “This kind of work is very consistent with our vision of developing students who have a commitment to service, strong ethical standards and a global mindset. It also has the potential to provide students with valuable learning, service learning, and research experiences. Of course this is also consistent with Campbell’s vision of graduating students who are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.”

HFHF is a nonprofit organization incorporated in North Carolina and a licensed Haiti NGO, with volunteers and supporters all over the United States and Haiti. The foundation’s work impacts individual Haitians, empowering them to act and change their own nation. HFHF focuses on education to underprivileged children, medical care for communities lacking access, spiritual development for churches and pastors, community growth and vitality, and environmental education and tools. The organization operates a clinic, primary/secondary school, and a radio station in Zorange, annually organizes surgical clinics, and is building a university in Bainet.

Dr. Tillman and CPHS students are working with HFHF to digitize medical records at the Zorange clinic. Throughout the trip Dr. Fubara noted several ways in which future Campbell Business students may be able to engage with HFHF, including:

  • assisting with the digitization of medical records and other direct services
  • conducting research on business ideas, economic conditions, and sustainable business models
  • developing business, marketing, and financial plans appropriate for the Haitian context, specifically including food processing, microloans, and entrepreneurial training
  • positioning MBA students to assist in the development and delivery of workshops and training programs in business and leadership skills

“This trip was both a personally and professionally rewarding experience,” said Dr. Fubara. “HFHF is making a significant impact in Haiti, and I am excited to get to work on carving out a place for the Campbell Business community to assist in their efforts.”

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