Members of GB gathered at Old Main to remember several volunteers who were tragically lost on their recent brigade to Honduras.
A week and a half ago several volunteers were injured and some lost their lives in a tragic accident:
Olivia Erhardt, 20
Daniella Moffson, 21
Abigail Flanagan, 45
These volunteers had just completed their brigade to rural Honduras to provide medical attention to community members in great need. Many of us can relate to the selfless journey these women completed in Honduras- the hard work of devoting time and money to help others.
Our thoughts are with our Global Brigades family at Columbia University, their loved ones, and the staff members involved in the tragedy.
At the vigil we reflected on some of our most memorable brigade experiences, sharing heartfelt memories of working with community members and feeling the positive impacts of empowerment.
After this tragedy you may wonder, “What can I do to support the victims involved in the accident?”
Campus Chairperson Eli LaSota has reached out to our Global Brigades family at Columbia University offering our support; but for the time being, it has been asked that we all remain resolute in our pursuit of social justice and global citizenry in honor of the victims. May we all come together in an attempt to fill the void created by the loss of these remarkable and inspiring human beings.
About the Author
My name is Alana Mazzei and I'm the Webmaster for the Campus Council Eboard! I am assisted by Joseph Clark who also is the Social/PR chairperson of Medical/Dental, and the GB photographer, Harvey Li. We would love to hear about your experiences with Global Brigades at Penn State!