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Barber-Scotia Professors Arrive in Hinche, Intensive Mini-Semester Begins

October 26, 2010

The Hinche Scholars Program is at long last underway!

Thanks to your generous support coupled with the hard work of all our team members (the Richmond I Have a Dream Foundation, Barber-Scotia College, and Sacre-Coeur Paroisse), the teaching has begun!

On Sunday October 25, two professors from Barber-Scotia College in Concord, NC arrived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Professors Judith Cowan and Kenneth Simmons were greeted at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport by Jocelyn Phanord and Berry Riche – two of the Hinche Scholars who accompanied Father Bourdeau’s driver, Boudou, on the journey down to Haiti’s capital.

After battling rush hour traffic for nearly 45 minutes in Port-au-Prince, the two professors and their entourage finally made it to the outskirts of the ruined city where they proceeded to take the scenic Route National 3 across two mountain ranges and into the Central Plateau. After a long day of travel, the crew rolled into Sacre-Coeur Paroisse (aka Barber-Scotia’s Haiti campus), where they were greeted by all eight of the scholarship students. In addition to Berry and Jocelyn, the two professors met Lude, Suze, Samuel, Frandy, Barbara, and Judith. Sacre Coeur’s famous cook – Madame Prince – prepared a delicious welcome feast and after a festive dinner, the team headed to bed in order to prepare for the next day’s early start.

On Monday, October 25, the Hinche Scholars program finally kicked off with intensive ESL instruction, testing, and conversation, from 8am-5pm. Professors Cowan and Simmons described the day as “fantastic, but exhausting.” Speaking to them via cell phone this evening, it is clear that the next four weeks will be an excellent learning experience for the Hinche Scholars as well as the two B-SC professors.

As of yet, we have been unable to secure a strong enough internet connection in order to send in pictures from these first few days, but please check back soon for the latest news and photos from B-SC in Hinche!

Thanks again for your continued support.

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