"We feel fortunate that we are able to support this important scholarship initiative. John and Sue"
"You are the best, Sue!"
As many of you know, I have been working with/for the people of Haiti for many years (about 18!) through our church's twinning relationship with the people in Medor, Haiti. I retired from my full time job as an ophthalmologist last December so I would have more time for Haiti work. Recently I learned about Father Joseph Philippe's 3Legs vision to empower Haitians to sustainably improve livelihoods in rural communities. This vision inspired me to accept the volunteer position of Executive Director at the Raising Haiti Foundation (Asosysasyon Peyizan Fondwa-USA Inc) (RHF), which supports Father Joseph's work. Because you have been interested in my work in Haiti over the years, I am hoping you will help me on behalf of the RHF's scholarship initiative.
This photo introduces Guy Roland, Vannia, Odel and Nathan!
These four students are from rural Medor, Haiti and are part of the 3Legs Pilot Project to sustainably create wealth in rural Haitian communities. They are 4 of the 19 students being sponsored by RHF in their studies at the University of Fondwa, Haiti's rural university. Guy Roland and Vannia are studying agronomy, Odel is studying business management and Nathan is in the school of veterinary medicine, all fields vital for rural farm-based communities. I met Guy Roland, Vannia, Odel and Nathan when I was in Haiti in January and will see them again when I return to Haiti in this month. They are great kids and they really appreciate the opportunity to attend university. Each promises to return to Medor after graduation to work with its Local Development Committee to raise is standard of living by creating wealth and sustainably increasing livelihoods.
RHF has funding for University of Fondwa tuition for 9 of the 19 students but still needs funds for the other 10 students. The Julian Grace Foundation will provide matching funds, up to $25,000 so if we can raise $25,000, each of these 10 kids will be able to study for another year at the university.
Please join me in supporting positive change in Haiti; please help us provide another year of university study for 10 students like Guy Roland, Vannia, Odel and Nathan. University scholarships benefit the individual student, his/her home community when the graduates return there to work, and will eventually help the entire country.
Just a small donation will go a long way to enable these kids to continue their education. I realize that there are many worthy causes seeking donations. But this one is different: it is investing in long-term development for the poorest country in our hemisphere. It will sustainably improve livelihoods.
I appreciate your help!