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3/11/2004 6:59:01 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
German Homeschoolers Thankful for Help from HSLDA Members

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March 11, 2004


German Homeschoolers Thankful for Help from HSLDA Members


Dear HSLDA members and friends,

On December 2, 2003, HSLDA sent an e-lert informing members that
German homeschoolers were under attack. We asked you to consider
donating to the German legal association Schulunterricht zu Hause
e.V. (School Instruction at Home) to help German homeschoolers.
American homeschoolers answered the call and contributed thousands of
dollars!

Schulunterricht zu Hause has issued a letter thanking homeschoolers
for their generosity and detailing the organization's accomplishments
in the last few months.

Director Richard Guenther said: "I would like to take this time to
thank you and all who have supported Schulunterricht zu Hause e.V.
(Schuzh) in prayer and donated money to see our cause go forward.
Without your prayers, kind and encouraging words and generous gifts,
Schuzh could not have accomplished so much in such a short period of
time."

Among the victories in Germany:

- Schuzh now has an office fully staffed and equipped with three
complete work stations, a director, assistant director and webmaster.
They also have a legal department with 2 attorneys.

- Schuzh's membership has tripled as families in Germany learn of the
help available.

- Schuzh now has a 24 hour hot line, 7 days a week, including
holidays.

- The media has been very good to German homeschoolers. Schuzh has
developed several contacts including an AP journalist during the
court appearance with the Bauer family. He wrote a great and
informative article that was printed in several major newspapers.

- Schuzh has been supportive of three books being written on the
topic of homeschooling. These books will be published in the spring
of 2004 and introduced by the authors at our March conference in
Hessen.

- One of Schuzh's member families, the Bruhn's, was levied another
fine for further refusing to comply with the mandatory school
attendance laws. The Bruhn's and their attorney were successful in
arguing their case and the presiding judge summarily dismissed the
charge.

- Schuzh established a cooperation with the two German correspondence
schools. These correspondence schools offer members special prices
for their programs and materials.

- March 6, Schuzh sponsored a Schuzh homeschool conference in Hessen,
attended by over 200 adults. People are gaining courage to start
homeschooling. They are planning conferences in each German state.


Without the assistance of American homeschoolers, these advancements
would not have been possible. But the fight is not over. German
homeschoolers continue to require resources to coordinate their
efforts, conduct homeschooling conferences, and to litigate for the
right to homeschool.

We are asking Home School Legal Defense Association members to pray
for German homeschoolers who are suffering for their decision to
homeschool. Additionally, we are asking families to consider donating
financial support for the cause of freedom in Germany. You can send
donations to the Home School Foundation, earmarked for German
homeschoolers. Please go to http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1399 We
will send the donations to Schulunterricht zu Hause to help with
advising homeschoolers, negotiating with school districts, funding
cases and appeals, paying fines, and defending the rights of
homeschoolers in whatever way necessary.

Thank you for your efforts for freedom around the world!


Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
Senior Counsel



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