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First Day of School in Haiti, Hinche Scholars Approaching 2 Months of Studies in US

October 6, 2011

As of this week, schoolchildren across Haiti are finally back in the classroom. Due to post-quake logistical difficulties and a new presidential administration, the start date was repeatedly pushed back. New this year, many students in Haiti have qualified for free education, thanks to the efforts of President Martelly. See article –  http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-3943-haiti-education-back-to-school-a-historic-success-for-martelly-speech.html.

Haitian President Michel Martelly (who once studied in the U.S. at a community college), is pictured here at a back-to-school rally in Haiti on Monday, October 3.

Haitian President Michel Martelly (who once studied in the U.S. at a community college), is pictured here at a back-to-school rally in Haiti on Monday

This is a very encouraging sign of progress, and we at the Hinche Scholars project also have some good news to share. In just a few days, our four college students will celebrate the two month anniversary of arriving in the U.S. This is an important milestone, as these young people have spent the past eight weeks working hard both adapting to American culture and studying English.

In the same way that Haiti’s recently elected president, Michel Martelly, furthered his career by studying at a community college in the U.S., these four students from Hinche are continuing their education at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

From left to right, Hinche Scholars: Frandy, Lude, Berry, and Suze. Your donations directly help these young people as they work to complete their studies and return to Haiti.

From left to right, Hinche Scholars: Frandy, Lude, Berry, and Suze. Your donations directly help these young people as they work to complete their studies and return to Haiti.

The I Have a Dream Foundation Hinche Scholars Project believes strongly that education offers the key to development. Through our program and with your financial help, four of Haiti’s future leaders have now embarked on an educational path which will benefit both for these individuals and their fellow Haitian citizens back home.

Please help us in any way that you can, we are always in need of financial contributions to help us cover the costs of tuition, housing, food and school supplies. If you live in Richmond, please consider volunteering to help with transportation, tutoring, or field trips.

Thank you for your support!

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