Saturday, March 31, was a momentous day for Batey Libertad, the Charle family of that community, and Education Across Borders. Two brothers— Johnny Belarme Charle, and Ronaldo Gonal Fransua Charle— took their degrees, in medicine and law, respectively. Both were among the first students in our scholarship program nearly ten years ago, and both invested years of diligence, discipline, and sacrifice in earning their degrees. On behalf of their families and their community, they wish to express their immense gratitude toward the EAB supporters who made their achievements possible.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, and our community leadership, we have added new students to our scholarship program for the third year in a row (22 since 2009). We are currently supporting 35 students for the 2011-12 academic year, our highest number ever. This August, we enrolled six high schoolers and two middle schoolers. They are, from Batey Libertad: Juliana Fransua (pictured, left), Claudia Rafelina Herrera Lopez, Kismena Jose, and Jennifer Clarissa Liranzo Nuñez. And from Franco Bidó: Rosanni Altagracia Jerez (pictured, above), Albaneris del Carmen Rodriguez, Jennifer del Carmen Rodriguez, and Enrique Hernandez Rodriguez.
We expect great things from them! And stay tuned for news of more college graduates in 2012!