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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 hugged us as we entered their house which warmed all of our hearts. I will never forget the kind hearts of these people who couldn’t imagine having what Itake for granted every day. In the future, from what I have seen a

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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, the students had the opportunity to interview local business owners. Their evenings included nightly reflections about their observations and experiences. No doubt, these invaluable lesson

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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 the University of Michigan International Samaritan Campus Chapter, Sean focuses on fundraising creatively for the Step by Step Scholarship program, holding a cide

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  • 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 access to education after the sixth grade. The Step by Step scholarship program was officially implemented to give opportunities for graduates of the eleme

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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 even the first member of his family to buy a car. Francisco credits the Step by Step scholarship and the program director for his success. The program director helped him realize that his

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