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Help Bourdo Study in Turkey

Organized by: Penny Fujiko Willgerodt

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Penny Fujiko Willgerodt via Crowdrise
August 30, 2015

I want to thank you all who have helped to make my dream come true.You have proven to me that I am not alone in my journey to Turkey. Bourdo See More

THE STORY:

My young Haitian friend, Marc-Henry Pierre (Bourdo), has been offered a full scholarship to Anadolu University in Eskisehir, Turkey to pursue a master’s degree in communication. The university will cover tuition, housing, health insurance and a monthly stipend for food. This is an amazing opportunity for a bright young Haitian man who is committed to the betterment of his people. All he needs now is to have the visa documents ready by August 21, and for that he needs to go to the Dominican Republic on August 18 because there is no Turkish embassy or consulate in Haiti. He needs to cover translation of all documents from French to Turkish and he also needs the airfare to Turkey. Haiti is the poorest country in the western Hemisphere and I believe we need to invest in idealistic, intelligent and hopeful young Haitians who are committed to staying in Haiti. I am helping my friend Bourdo because I believe in him. I have known him for nearly five years now and I believe in his potential and commitment to his country. For me , he represents the positive future of Haiti and I am asking you to help me raise funds so he can realize his full potential. Marc-Henry Pierre (Bourdo) is from an honest and locally well-respected family in a rural town, Duchity, located in the mountains of southwest of Haiti. I have been there and met his family. Bourdo may be poor but he is very smart and committed to his nation as evidenced by his work before and after the earthquake. I first met him in Petionville when I went to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. At that time, he was helping organizations like Vermont Health Project, Volunteers for Peace and the Haiti Circle of Friends children's project establish orphanage, empowerment and income generation projects. Since that time we have stayed in touch over email and skype, and I have followed his educational career. He graduated from the State University of Haiti with a degree in social communication and now has a part-time job there. He was a part of the student leadership team on a national research project sponsored by the World Bank and the Haitian Institute of Statistics and Information to collect data on Haitian people’s recovery. He worked on a project in Grand Anse sponsored by the CDC that documented rates of youth violence and abuse. He has written columns for La Nouvelliste Daily Newspaper about the plight and conditions of the elderly and the realities of underaged workers. In his own words: "I believe that the relief of such a poor country like Haiti is in the growth of its human resources -- a growth that must be operated in synergy with nature. That’s why I love Communications. Communications help to resolve conflicts. Communications help make people get along. Communications help people from different cultures get closer. So communications can make interculturality come true. When I see all the problems that Haiti has been through, I understand that the path of change will be long but I believe it is possible with qualified and conscious people." "...That’s part of the reason I want to have a graduate education in Communications so I can intervene on a higher level with the dynamics of relief for my country Haiti and particularly my community Duchity where I was born. I applied for a Turkish government scholarship because modern Turkey is very open to developing countries, so it is a good opportunity. As the sixth European economic power, Turkey provides nowadays one of the best high quality international educations. It is a good challenge to experience another culture and to enhance my career goals. As for my career goals, right after my master degree in Communications, I will be back in Haiti. I will continue to help at the University and teach some classes such as Organizational communication and Communications Network Management. I will also keep helping the community organizations to better make community empowerment. I will always be available for any organization that could benefit from my expertise.” I will collect all funds and then wire them in one transfer to Bourdo directly.

$1,110

 

63% Raised of $1,755 Goal

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  • Penny Fujiko Willgerodt

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $60

  • Steffany Ballas

    $25

  • Mayumi Willgerodt

    $50

  • Barb Leslie

    $200

  • Cavin Leeman

    $100

  • Orie

    $35

  • Tim Singer and Augusta Wilson

    $200

  • Marcia lawrence

    $100

  • Pamela Green

    $50

  • Yanick Manigat Maakheru

     

  • Aleah Bacquie Vaughn

    $25

  • Shana griffin

    $40

  • Deanna Salvagni-Atwell

    $50

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Donor Comments

Deanna Salvagni-Atwell

Deanna Salvagni-Atwell

DONATION: $50

God Speed! 3 years ago

Shana griffin

Shana griffin

DONATION: $40

3 years ago

Aleah Bacquie Vaughn

Aleah Bacquie Vaughn

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Yanick Manigat Maakheru

Yanick Manigat Maakheru

3 years ago

Pamela Green

Pamela Green

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Marcia lawrence

Marcia lawrence

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Tim Singer and Augusta Wilson

Tim Singer and Augusta Wilson

DONATION: $200

3 years ago

Orie

Orie

DONATION: $35

3 years ago

Cavin Leeman

Cavin Leeman

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Barb Leslie

Barb Leslie

DONATION: $200

I have known Bourdo since 2010. He has worked harder than you can possibly imagine to obtain his B.A., and his pursuit of his Masters is nothing short of a miracle. Bourdo has worked with me and worked hard to create meaningful bridges between Haitians and people who have been interested in supporting Haiti. He is an earnest, delightful young man who has sensitivity and insight that belie his years. I implore you to please reach deep and give this young man the opportunity and chance that he has worked so hard - and dreamed for, so long for. 3 years ago

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