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Hinche Scholars Project Discussed at Brookings Institution – Sean Penn, USAID

January 11, 2011
The one year anniversary of Haiti’s tragic earthquake is just a day away. In the coming hours, the international spotlight will once again be centered on Haiti with a  “12 months later” media focus.
Already, Washington DC think tanks are debating the future of Haiti and questioning the role  and efficacy of non-profit organizations in the year that has elapsed since the tragedy of January 12, 2010, a day which claimed more than 230,000 lives.
Two respresentatives of the I Have a Dream Foundation’s Hinche Scholars Project attended one such forum in D.C. this week. Danny Yates and Kimberly Gray participated in a “Dicussion on Haiti” at the Brookings Institution. During the Q&A session, Danny posed a question about higher education.

Danny Yates of the Hinche Scholars Project posed a question to a panel of Haiti experts at a Brookings Institution forum. Actor/humanitarian Sean Penn and USAID Deputy Director Paul Weisenfeld responded to Danny's question about the need for higher education in post-quake Haiti. Click on this photo to watch a video clip of Danny's question and click on the images below for panelists responses.

USAID Deputy Director Paul Weisenfeld who oversees efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean, thanked Danny Yates for his question and saying "we need to bring more Haitian students to the United States while these institutions are being rebuilt." Click on the photo above to watch Weisenfeld respond on Cspan

Actor/Humanitarian Sean Penn has been working actively at a tent city in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in the aftermath of last year's tragic earthquake. He responded to Danny Yates' question by stressing the crucial need for higher education in Haiti. Click on the photo above to hear Sean Penn discuss the need for higher education in Haiti.


The Hinche Scholars Project, founded just a few weeks after last year’s catastrophic earthquake, has remained true to its mission and with your help we can continue to work toward opening up more higher education opportunities for displaced Haitian students.
Hinche Scholars founder Danny Yates was in Haiti exactly one year ago. Danny witnessed the tragic earthquake and the devastating, widespread destruction it caused in Port-au-Prince.
An estimated 95% of Haiti’s higher education sector was completely destroyed on 1/12/10. With these statistics in mind, Danny and the I Have a Dream Foundation of Richmond, VA have committed to helping several displaced Haitian university students as they attempt to continue and complete their studies at Barber-Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina (just north of Charlotte).
Over the past year, so many generous individuals have supported our effort. And although (due to visa issues) the Hinche Scholars have yet to arrive in the U.S., our project is well underway. This past fall, thanks to your generosity, we sent 2 professors to Hinche, Haiti to conduct a “mini-semester” during which time 96 college credits were earned by eight displaced university students.
As the world remembers and mourns those who died in last year’s earthquake, please consider helping our organization in whatever way you can. We are always in need of financial, political, and volunteer support.
Please be sure to visit the I Have a Dream Foundation’s official website – for information on how you can donate. Also, starting today, you can purchase a raffle ticket and a chance to win a “Dream Vacation” – the Oprah Winfrey/Royal Caribbean Cruise. 
Tickets are only $25 and all proceeds go to a scholarship fund for students here in Richmond and in Haiti. Be sure to check our website in the coming days for more information about the raffle.
Thank you! 
Please click on this link Brochure Hinche to download an informational PDF about our project.

Click here to download a brochure which you can share with friends, family, and neighbors. This pamphlet contains donation details and an explanation of our efforts.


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