Thursday, October 1, 2009

Service-learning and the Tsunami in Pacific Islands



We have created a page on with information about the service-learning/higher education response to the tsunami:


If you have additional information about how you are using service-learning to support communities impacted by natural disasters, please share them with me.


Many thanks,







Dear Friends,


We were deeply saddened to hear about the destruction and devastation resulting from the 8.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck the Pacific near American Samoa yesterday, and extend our support to everyone impacted. The Clearinghouse staff and I have been lucky enough to meet many Learn and Serve America grantees in American Samoa and our hearts go out to each of them.


In the spirit of helping our friends and colleagues in the region, we wanted to remind everyone of resources developed by and for the service-learning field around the issue of disaster preparedness/response through service-learning. As we all know, the service-learning community has a remarkable history of stepping up in times of crisis and leveraging opportunities to make a difference. We saw this, and continue to see this, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and now is another chance for students and institutions to lend a hand. For information and resources on this work, please see:


If anyone is aware either of service-learning activities or of needs that service-learning could fill in the region related to these events, please keep us updated.


Yours in service,






Liberty Smith, Ph.D.

Program Manager

Learn and Serve America's National Service-Learning Clearinghouse

America's Resource for Service-Learning Information

Toll-free 866-245-7378, ext. 139

Fax 831-430-9471



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