Ami, a WGEP scholar in Toubacouta, Senegal
March is Women's History Month, and we're proud to highlight Ami, one of 900+ adolescent girls in our Sisters to School scholarship program. Ami shares in her own words how the Sisters to School program has supported her through and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic:
"I am a student in my final year of middle school in Toubacouta. I live with my mom and my 3 little sisters. My mum was abandoned by my father and then he filed for divorce. So, she lives alone with her children. My mother does not have a formal job, she sells breakfast every morning in the neighborhood in order to earn some money to feed us and support me and my sisters. She gets up every day at 5 a.m. to prepare food to sell to customers in the neighborhood for breakfast. Sometimes she works as a domestic helper doing the laundry for other people to earn some money as well.
Education is important to me because it is the only way today to succeed in life, to fight injustice, inequality, and poverty! Thanks to Women's Global I had the will and the courage to continue my studies, because at one point I almost stopped school to help my mother overcome the difficulties she was facing because of the treatment she faced from my father. But it is thanks to WGEP that I had the strength to change my mind and continue my studies through support for registration fees, school supplies, toiletries, tutoring classes, food aid during the difficult times of the COVID period and especially the important advice and recommendations that I receive.
My dream for the future is to pursue studies and succeed to obtain the diplomas and qualifications required to have a good job in order to better support my mother, my sisters and get them out of poverty. I want to be a lawyer to help all the children who are abandoned by their fathers in my village and everywhere in Senegal.”
Please make a gift this month to ensure that more girls like Ami can attend and succeed in school! Thank you for your support and advocacy for girls' education and gender equity.