Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal

May 10, 2013


WGEP Senegal scholar Yacine
WGEP Senegal scholar Yacine

Thank you for your continued support of Women's Global Education Project! Your support helps us provide scholarships and support to girls in rural Senegal who would otherwise not have the chance to go to school--girls like Yacine and Aminata, whose inspiring stories tell us that our work is making a difference--thank you for partnering with us!


Yacine, WGEP Senegal scholar

Yacine comes from a very poor family – her father passed a way and her mother is an immigrant from Mali.  As one of the older siblings in the family, Yacine feels a lot of responsibility to look after her younger brothers and sisters. Her family raises ducks and chickens to sell, but that does not produce much money. Without our program, Yacine would not be able to go to school, and she and her family are very grateful for the opportunity. Yacine is serious and focused, and she wants to be a doctor so she can help others. Although she knows that becoming a doctor means a long road ahead that includes university and graduate studies, she is committed to succeeding.


Aminata, WGEP Senegal scholar

Aminata has been in our WGEP program for the past eight years. Her father teaches at their local village religious school and believes in education for all children--whether they are girls or boys--so unlike some other parents in the area, he allows Aminata to attend both the religious school and the secular school. Although this means a double workload for her, Aminata is very bright and does well in all her studies. She is a pioneer in their village in navigating the worlds of traditional religious studies and modern education.

WGEP Senegal scholar Aminata
WGEP Senegal scholar Aminata



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Project Leader

Amy Maglio

Chicago, Illinois United States

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