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Hinche Scholars Start Classes at J. Sargeant Reynolds

August 23, 2011
After several long days of transitioning to American life, the four Hinche Scholars finally began classes this week. On Monday August 22nd, nearly 20 months after the tragic 1/12/2010 earthquake,  these young men and women were back in the classroom once again!
The first day of classes (in the words of Hinche Scholar Suze Prince):
“It was a wonderful day for me ,in  the classroom I felt very confortable,the teachers are very very kind, but the most important thing is I understood everything they said in class. I learn a lot of things today. Thank you!”
Hinche Scholars at Richmond City Hall

Hinche Scholars at Richmond City Hall From Left to Right (Frandy, Suze, Berry, and Lude)

 Earlier in the week, the Hinche Scholars had the chance to explore Richmond, VA, their home for the next two years. Some highlights of the Richmond tour included Maymont park (pictured below with the waterfall) as well as the James River footbridge (skyline photo below).

From L-R, Suze, Lude, Berry, and Frandy at Richmond’s Maymont Park

Although our mission is partially complete (the Hinche Scholars are now in the U.S. and they have recommenced their studies) we still very much need your help!  Without additional funding, these students may not be able to fully complete their studies. Please assist in any way that you can – whether financial contributions ( or in-kind donations – everything will help!

Specifically we are in urgent need of the following items:
– Laptop Computers
– Bicycles
– Kroger and Walmart gift cards for grocery shopping
– Winter Clothing and Shoes (contact for sizes)
– Cash donations for: textbooks, health insurance, and general living expenses
– Transportation/Host families & friends – please consider helping us by volunteering to take the Hinche Scholars  for social interaction and local field trips: to the grocery store, to visit a museum, or to attend a concert, etc.
Thank you again for your continued support.

Berry, Frandy, and Lude pose against the background of Richmond's skyline - this photo was taken from the James River footbridge.






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