The second of four children born to a merchant and a truck driver in northern Haiti, Anne Martine Augustin still had the audacity to dream of going to college. The odds were long, though, and they got longer when she lost first her mother, at age 16, and then her father, a year later. But somehow she managed to maintain her straight “A” grade-point average, which made her eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP), an organization that...

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