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Thomas Jefferson High School IB Program Welcomes Hinche Scholars

December 3, 2011

On Friday afternoon the Hinche Scholars were special guests of the TJHS IB program. Thanks to TJ Principal Ms. Tanya Roane and RPS IB Coordinator Ms. Tracy Cady who made this event possible. Berry, Suze, Lude and Frandy very much enjoyed the chance to meet and share their stories with the students in this program.

Frandy, Lude, Berry, and Suze in front of TJHS after their presentation on Friday

Frandy, Lude, Berry, and Suze in front of TJHS after their presentation on Friday

Next week we are very excited about a repeat presentation, this time for the Lucille M. Brown Middle School International Baccalaureate Program. We are also grateful to the entire Richmond Public Schools IB program for the interest and generosity for our project. Proceeds of all concessions sold at Tee Jay basketball games on Tuesday 12/6 (vs. Maggie Walker) and Tuesday 12/13 (vs. Godwin) basketball games will go to support these four Haitian students.

On another note, we came across an interesting article in the Haiti press this week. It appears that international focus is finally looking at Hinche as a viable location for decentralization in Haiti. Check out this article – http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-4395-haiti-economy-economic-decentralization-and-regional-planning.html

As we approach the second anniversary of the tragic January 12, 2010 earthquake, it is imperative to stress the need for decentralized governance and commerce in Haiti. Hinche has many unique advantages such as its close proximity to Port-au-Prince, central geographically location and geologically safe zone.

In the years to come we look forward to seeing our very own Hinche Scholars take part in the leadership needed to effectively implement this much needed decentralization.

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