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    Ethiopia: The Joy of a New School Year

    \ Liyunesh Bilelegn, 11 years old, is preparing to enter the 4th grade and feeling very excited, thanks to her scholarship from International Samaritan. “With the Ethiopian New Year just around the corner, the fields are already starting to bloom with ‘Adey Abeba’, seasonal bright yellow wild flowers. They herald

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    Medical Outreach a Family Affair

    Taking a different kind of family summer vacation, two former University of Michigan Hospital Residents and their children recently spent eight days in Guatemala bringing medical care to some of the hemisphere’s poorest people. Doctors Phillip and Tanya Rogers, with their daughters Maddie and Ellie, went on a medical mission

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    Update on Honduras Wall Collapse

      We are very pleased to report that we were able to rebuild a section of wall around the Republic of Mexico Primary School in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, which was destroyed after a heavy rain in mid-June. The collapsed wall endangered the 480 children who attend the school, as

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    Nardin Academy

    “Today I experienced what seemed to be a whole new world. The people my group visited continued to keep a smile on their faces given their poor conditions. It was amazing to see. The people welcomed us into their homes with no questions asked which is unseen in America. Kids

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    Michigan Ross Business School serves in Nicaragua

    Michigan Ross School of Business had their first service immersion trip to Granada, Nicaragua. Sponsored by a generous grant from Royal Bank of Canada, their projects included rebuilding the home of one of the workers from the garbage dump and spending time with boys affected by domestic violence. In addition,

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    Campus Chapter Founder at University of Michigan

    Sean Yanik’s first service trip with International Samaritan occurred in his junior year at University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. His work during that trip sparked his passion for helping garbage dump communities, and he launched the University of Michigan International Samaritan Campus Chapter. As the president of

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  • about-the-step-by-step-scholarship-program

    About the Step by Step Scholarship Program

    In 2007, International Samaritan worked in partnership with the University of Central America’s Institute of Pubilc Opinion and research consultant Ken Coleman to better determine the most urgent and pressing needs of children and families being served in Guatemala. The overwhelming majority of respondents to the survey indicated they wanted

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    Francisco’s Story

    “Five years after Step by Step Scholarship Program” Francisco Alexander Baltazar Francisco graduated from the Step by Step scholarship program in 2012 with dreams of becoming an engineer. Now 23 years old, he works for Indy Motos Guatemala. He is also taking classes to become an industrial engineer and was

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    Letter from the president

    Dear friends, “Education is an investment in the future” Education is the most important resource we can give to the children of garbage dump communities. As an example, average Guatemalan children attend only four years of schooling and just 3 out of 10 students graduate from the sixth grade. The

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    2017 Volunteers, thank you for joining in our mission.

    Friends of International Samaritan, As we continue through the summer, which is the busiest time for our service immersion experiences, it is important to remember the reasons why we have so many volunteers partnering with us to serve the people living in garbage dump communities. We provide a great amount

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