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Almost 3 Months Since Haiti Quake, Key to Rebuilding Lies in Education

April 9, 2010

In just a few days, thousands of Haitians will mark the 3rd month that has passed since the devastaing earthquake of January 12, 2010 killed more than 200,000 citizens of this impoverished Carribbean Isle.

This picture was taken just days after the terrible January 12 Haitian earthquake.

Even though the news cameras are gone, our work continues. For those of you visiting this site for the first time, please take a moment to explore our different pages, and past posts, in order to give you a better sense of our mission. Briefly, our project is as follows:

Less than four months ago, Thousands of Haitian university studies lost their lives, and all of Haiti’s major universities were completely destroyed. Now, several months after the earthquake, most experts view Haiti’s greatest problem to be the leadership void. Since so many skilled professionals died on January 12, a new generation must be trained quickly in order to fill these roles, which are essential to a successful rebuilding effort.

Frandy Prince, one of the 6 displaced university students from Hinche. Frandy, (known as FanFan), just barely escaped Port-au-Prince with his life. He and his siblings lost friends, family, classmates, and professors on January 12. Now their universities lie in ruin and their only chance at studies is through your help.

The goal of this website is to publicize an effort to bring six displaced Haitian university students to the U.S., where they can continue their studies for a few years before turning to their homeland as leaders in the recovery process. The project is being led by Danny Yates (a student at the College of William and Mary who was in Haiti during the quake).

Barber-Scotia College in Concord, NC (just outside of Charlotte) has accepted six Haitian students, who will begin studies at this small, historically black Christian institution in August, 2010. These six displaced students come from Hinche (a small town just north of Port au Prince). All of the students were in university at the time of the quake, and they each barely escaped Port-au-Prince with their lives.

A typical street scene in Hinche, Haiti, where children abound. Through your help, we can give an education opportunity to six Haitian young adults, in whose hands rest the future for these children.

Our project is well underway, but we are in great need of your help in order to work out some final details.

Our project was recently described in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Check out the link here.

Donations (please make all checks payable to the following adress)

St. Bridget Church Haiti Committee
Subject Line: University Student Project
6006 Three Chopt Road
Richmond, VA 23226-2797

Since we are a 100% volunteer organization, the entirety of your donation will be used directly to help these Haitian students who are in great need.

Other Needs:
– Health Insurance
– Media Coverage (publicity)
– Airfare
– Vaccines
– Clothing
– School supplies
– Laptop computers
– Bicycles
– Typical dorm room items
– Most anything else you would think a college student would need after transferring from a third world country, with only the clothes on his/her back…
* If you can help in anyway, through cash, physical goods donation, or political connections, please give me a call at 757-645-1975.*

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