Returned Peace Corps volunteer Samantha Harris writes:
My friend Haddy Sowe needs support to go to the University of The Gambia. She’s been accepted but has had to defer for two years due to the cost. She wants to study biology and agriculture.
Haddy studied science and agricultural science at Gambia College (the country’s teachers’ college), and since 2006 she has been teaching up country: in Jimbala, Kaur and now Ballanghar.
She wants to go to UTG to improve her efficiency in those subjects so that she can contribute to national development as a more proficient teacher and also so that she can teach at the senior secondary school.
She would like to start her studies this year in September. She has had to defer for two years now due to the cost of the courses which she said is 40,000 dalasi (almost $1,000) per year – it is a four year program.
We met in Jimbala where I was posted with Peace Corps. She quickly became a good friend and counterpart. She attended a Gender and Development [GAD] conference with me. One outcome of this was our starting an all-girls soccer team at the basic cycle school.
Another project (aside from GAD) involved repairing a broken handpump at the school garden. Once it was repaired they were able to revitalize their garden. That is where the photos below were taken.
Another project I couldn’t have done without Haddy was the HIV/AIDS curriculum as part of a Bike Trek. She was instrumental in receiving approval from the headmaster to share the curriculum with students.
Haddy wants to continue to teach after the university program at the senior secondary level. I have no doubt she will excel in her program, studies, and position.
Please help Haddy reach her goal. GambiaRising was founded by returned Peace Corps volunteers and former staff and works in country through a team of Gambian professionals who volunteer their time to the program. This means that 100% of your donation will go to help Haddy reach her goal.