In yesterday’s post I told you that Abby would introduce you to a scholar if you donate to the Michelle Sylvester Scholarship fund. Since she was still in the Peace Corps Regional House when I let her know I had she was able to reply right away to tell me who my $20 would be sending to school for a year. Here’s what she had to say:
This is Aminata Sow!
Aminata speaks Pulaar and lives in a compound with 30 other people – including her cousin, Hawa Ba, who is also an MSS recipient this year. Aminata is a great student, she’s very outspoken in class and is an active member of the English Club. In the future, Aminata wants to grow up to be a flight attendant. She likes math, and wants people who live in other countries to know that Senegal is a very peaceful country, that values “solidarity”. Whenever I stop by her village on my bike, Aminata always insists that I come by to see her family and have some tea.
I feel like I know this girl already. (And I asked Abby to tell her “No ngoolu daa”, which the Interwebs tells me is “Hello” in Pulaar) Notice that there’s no age given? That’s because, apparently, not all Senegalese keep track of things like age. I don’t think that’s particular to girls, but it may be.
If you’re interested in donating to the scholarship fund, you can use this form. The directions say “*Under “Please use this box if you want to send a message of encouragement to this project’s volunteer” please enter “MSS Fund” followed by any encouragement you would like to pass along to the Volunteer”. If you give her you email address and tell her you would like the bio of your scholar, she’d be glad to send you one. Or if you leave a comment here with contact info I would be glad to send it along. Just know that she doesn’t get to the Regional House every weekend, so you might wait a little while for your bio (but it will come).