The reality is even further away when she compares the comforts of East Meadow to homeless Haitian families still living in tents, struggling for food and water and living in fear of violence more than two years after the 2010 earthquake devastated the Caribbean island.
But this spring break, while many of her college colleagues are lounging on the beaches in Mexico or partying in Las Vegas, Midy, whose family attends Sacred Heart Catholic Church, will be in Haiti along with other Howard University students working to help families and children as part of the University’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program.
Midy, 20, whose mother is a nurse at the Woodland Hospital in Brooklyn and whose father supervises two sites for the Port Authority in New York and New Jersey, went to Haiti last year as a participant. This year, she is the site coordinator, responsible for making all of the logistics preparations; from arranging sites the students would visit to making sure they get from one site to the other in a timely fashion.
Each year, more than 300 students from Howard travel to cities across the United States. This is their second year in Haiti. For 2012, they will travel to New Orleans, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and Washington to help underserved communities.
Midy’s commitment to service began with outreach programs in her hometown. In 2008, she received The Children of Hope Award for raising the most funds at her school for charity. At age 15, she donated her time training young children in dance technique, and a year later performed, in nursing homes for the elderly with the June Claire Dance Studio. In 2010, she fed hungry families in Long Island in 2010 as part of United Nations Children's Fund effort.
“Since I had been previously involved in community service at home, it wasn’t hard for me to find ASB,” Midy said. “I wanted to share and open greater opportunities for people like the ones I was exposed to.”