In recent newsletters, we've told you about the mission trip that several KidsFirst parents took to Fondwa, Haiti, in the aftermath of the tragic earthquake of 2010. On that trip, we built a temporary school, painted shelters and provided clothes, food and toiletries to help the orphaned children living in that community.

On our trip, we also learned about the positive work being done at the University of Fondwa. We heard about students eager to earn degrees in hopes of breaking out of poverty and making a brighter future for themselves and their country.

Two of those students live in the orphanage in Fondwa and the Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded two scholarships ($4,500 each) to cover tuition expenses for the upcoming school year. The scholarships require the students to maintain good grades and report back to us on how they are progressing. We are proud of our scholarship winners and here is some brief information on them.

Ruth Geneste: Ruth entered the orphanage in 2011 and she is now studying business management at the University of Fondwa. Ruth is the top student in her class and her teachers say that she is a role model for other students. She says that she wants to become a femme d' affaire, which means businesswoman in French. Ruth also wants to invest in her community to give back what she receives.

Wilda Fleurimon: Wilda came to the orphanage in 2002 and she is now studying in the field of agronomy. She takes great pride in being able to tell others in the community about the differences in plants and the need for rich soil for Haiti's future. Wilda started her studies in 2009 and she is well on her way to graduation. She wants to help her community invest in the land to help make it prosper so that they can export all that they can.

Currently, more than one million children live in orphanages in the former Soviet Union. Only about 15,000 are adopted each year.
The KidsFirst Foundation has already made a difference in the lives of many children and families.