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
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
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.