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Ronel Lefranc

April 21, 2010

Now that we are well underway with our project to bring six displaced Haitian university students to the U.S. so they can continue their studies, some of the more detailed questions seem to be popping up.

Some of you may have heard that Darthmouth University has taken a lead in post-quake Haiti relief efforts. In the immediate aftermath of the quake, working through Partners in Health and many other well-respected Haitian NGO’s, Dartmouth provided and continues to provide much needed support to the Haitian people. Particularly, in regard to university education, Dartmouth has stepped up to the plate. Last month, they accepted two displaced Haitian university students (both of whom were at University Quisequea – the same school which Suze Prince was attending prior to January 12).

One of these students is a talented young man by the name of Ronel Lefranc. Not only was he a student at University “Q,” Ronel also hails from Hinche. He is a graduate of St. Martin de Porres (where all of our student candidates attended high school). In addition, he is well known and respected at Sacre Coeur. Just the other evening I had the chance of speaking with Ronel. We chatted about his experiences during the quake, his transition at Dartmouth, and his future plans. He is a truly remarkable person.

Ronel Lefranc

In the weeks to come, as we ramp up fundraising and publicity efforts, we hope to use Ronel and Darthmouth as a model of what we hope to accomplish a similar mission. For more info on Ronel and Dartmouth, visit this link

In other news, our six student friends are busy at work in Hinche, helping with translation for the medical team from Atlanta. For more info on that effort, please toggle over to the “Medical Journals” tab of our website to read day-by-day updates from St. Monica’s medical team which is operating a makeshift hospital out of Sacre Coeur as we speak.

Thanks so much and remember as always, to keep donating, keep forwarding our website, and keep praying for these young men and women. If you haven’t already, be sure to “friend us” on Facebook – at ‘Hinche Relief.’ Encourage your friends, family, and coworkers to do the same. Together we can achieve our goal and profoundly make a difference in the lives of six Haitian students.

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