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Danny Yates of the Hinche Scholars Project to be part of Oprah Winfrey Show

November 12, 2010

 The I Have a Dream Foundation’s Hinche Scholars Project is pleased to announce that  “Danny” C. Yates, a sophomore at the College of William and Mary, has been selected to participate in a taping of the  Oprah Winfrey Show that will air on Friday, November 19th (note- correction from previous post). Yates will be joined by Kenneth Henshaw, President of The I Have a Dream Foundation of Richmond.  The two will travel to Chicago on Tuesday (10/16) in order to take part in a taping of the show.

This honor comes in recognition of the organization’s efforts on behalf of several displaced Haitian university students whose hopes of higher education were shattered after the January 12 earthquake. Yates, who was in Haiti at the time of the tragic quake, was shocked by the indescribable level of catastrophic loss that he witnessed in Port-au-Prince where an estimated 300,000 Haitians died. As Haiti endeavors to “pick up the pieces,” and cope with continued threats from hurricanes, poverty, and disease, Yates and The I Have a Dream Foundation firmly believe that higher education will provide the only sustainable and successful path to recovery for this small Caribbean island nation. 

The Hinche Scholars Project is a partnership between Barber-Scotia College, The I Have a Dream Foundation of Richmond and community leaders in the town of Hinche, Haiti which is located  outside of Port-au-Prince. Initial funding to launch The Hinche Scholars program has been made possible through  selfless donations from many individuals and groups, including  Camp for the Cure and The Westbrook Foundation.

This photo depicts Danny Yates (blue shirt at right) and Father Jean Bourdeau (bottom left corner) as they ride through Port-au-Prince in the back of a truck, surveying the rubble in the wake of January's tragic Haiti earthquake.

The mission of our program is to aid the citizens of Haiti in rebuilding their nation through higher education. “By helping Haitian college students to continue their studies in the U.S., we hope to make a difference in the reconstruction of Haiti’s intellectual infrastructure,” states Yates. 

Barber-Scotia is a small, historically black, Christian institution located just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. Founded in 1867, B-SC is continuing with its original mission to educate the less fortunate by offering admission to Haitian university students. B-SC administrators are in the process of developing an ESL-intensive academic program which will also include courses in accounting, economics, environmental science, government and history. Currently the Hinche Scholars project is working to obtain visas, health insurance, and funding for the students.

Historic Barber-Scotia College is located in Concord, NC just outside of Charlotte

In mid-October, two B-SC professors traveled to Hinche, Haiti for a month of ESL instruction. They are currently providing a 12 credit opportunity for the scholarship students. (See pictures below). ”We hope to welcome initial Hinche Scholars in the United States as soon as spring 2011, visas permitting,” says Henshaw.

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In this photo, Danny Yates (foreground) and Hinche Scholar, Frandy Prince (right in white t-shirt), take pictures of the rubble as they ride through the ruins of post-earthquake Port-au-Prince
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