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Hinche Scholars Project Progressing, but we still need your help!

May 7, 2010

Dear Friends,

Please excuse the long absence in posting – we’ve been quite busy lately with various aspects of this project, so today’s post is simply a brief update on our efforts.

1) We received confirmation yesterday that all six of the students have been officially accepted at Barber-Scotia College, in Concord, NC (just outside of Charlotte)… These acceptance letters are soon on their way down to Haiti so that the students can begin taking care of some necessary business (passport renewal, exit visas, etc) in advance of their departure

2) We’re now entering the “waiting game” phase – where we are simply hanging tight until the Dept. of Homeland Security and State Department papework comes through. In the meantime, we want to try and raise of $30,000 by August 1. As of now, we are nowhere near this goal, but with your help we can get there. For donation information, please see the panel at right. Be sure to make checks payable to St. Bridget’s Church Haiti Committee with the subject line: University Student Project.

3) Father Bourdeau is in Atlanta this week along with Bishop Saint-Hillien. They will be attending a gala and various fundraising festivities hosted by St. Monica’s Parish. We hope to organize a similar event in early October. Be sure to check back for more info.

4) I had a chance to speak with some of the Hinche Scholarship students via cell phone and GChat this week. They’re all doing quite well and, as always, are practicing their English skills. Our goal is to have them join us “live” via videoconference on Wed. May 19th.

5) Speaking of Wed. May 19thMark Your Calendars for a 6pm “meet and greet” with Barber-Scotia College administrators and our team members… Come out to St. Bridget’s Church (see directions/formal invite below) and join us for a brief meeting to discuss more details of our project. Please invite any friends, family, colleagues who might be interested. No RSVPs are necessary, but you can informally “join our event” by sending us an e-mail or adding the 5.19 meeting to your facebook.

We are still in great need of the following items…. If you or anyone you know is interested in helping, please contact us at 757-645-1975.

  •  School Supplies
  • Airfare
  • Clothing
  • Health Insurance
  • Bicycles
  • Dorm Room necessities

Thanks again, and be sure to check back soon. Share our website with everyone you know, and keep praying for the six Hinche Scholars.

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