Courtesy of Bud Oliver
Los Altos Rotarians Allan Varni, right, and Bud Oliver, center, pose with Constantine Alatzas of World Hands Alliance. Varni and Oliver traveled to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake to help raise funds to rebuild SOPUDEP School.
After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, most of the local infrastructure was destroyed, leaving the capital city Port-au-Prince and surrounding communities in rubble and more than 150,000 dead. Humanitarian volunteers poured in with aid, including two Rotary Club of Los Altos members, Allan Varni and Bud Oliver.
Varni and Oliver’s goal was to form connections with local Rotarians and nongovernmental organizations to raise funds to rebuild a school that had been completely destroyed. The quake hit in the late afternoon, so the school’s students were not in class.