College of Design (CDes) students at the University of Minnesota were able to gain valuable hands-on experience last semester while supporting Haitian children in need. The U of M students assembled clothing for children in Haiti who are suffering without basic needs after the earthquake of 2010. Sherri Gahring's Apparel Design class partnered with U of M alumna Karen Moen, a board advocate for Healing Haiti, to assemble more than 80 garments for children at the Grace Village orphanage in Titanyean, Haiti.
Moen asked that the design students make garments for the orphanage to help support service-learning coursework on campus. The students were able to gain experience in assembly and design, while also making a difference in the world and helping those in need. In total, the 27 students created 42 sundress and 43 jam shorts. Karen Moen and her team delivered the clothes to Haiti in late November.