(Photo courtesy of New Settlement Apartments)
Last Friday, more than 600 children, teens and adults walked along the Grand Concourse to raise money for the recovery effort in Haiti following January's catastrophic earthquake.
Starting at the Grand Concourse at 172nd Street, the walkers marched south until they reached the steps of the Bronx County Counthouse, where they were met by Bronx BP Ruden Diaz, Jr., Deputy BP Aurelia Greene and Assemblymember Vanessa Gibson.
In the weeks leading up to the walk, children in New Settlement's after school programs and teens and young adults in its youth development programs learned about Haiti, created banners and t-shirts, and collected donations. In all, $12,500 was raised. The money is going to Partners in Health, a charity which has been active in Haiti for the past 20 years.
Based in Mount Eden, New Settlement Apartments is a project of the Settlement Housing Fund. The organization is currently building a school, community center and swimming pool on Jerome Avenue.