RPCV Dave Strefling wrote: I met Ousman when he was a young child in 2006, when I was dropped off with three other volunteers after a 2-hour dusty, pot-holed–ridden drive.When we finally arrived at the small village of Sare Samba, Ousman and his family were the first to greet us. Ousman instantly became my buddy as he, with his gentleness and curiosity, helped me to feel more at home.He was to be my namesake and friend who helped me navigate this home away from home.As wide-eyed as I was in this new land, Ousman was equally taken by his new far-flung, temporary family member.He and his brothers couldn’t wait to touch this new stranger and shuffle through his odd belongings.I could tell from our first meeting that Ousman was a bright, ambitious, and kind child.Ousman was an observer, following me around everywhere, trying to understand my place in his village. After I left Sare Samba I knew Ousman would succeed. Currently, Ousman has been admitted to the University of The Gambia but is having a difficult time covering the expenses his studies, and I’m asking for help to get him through four years of college.His family continues to contribute what they can, but it’s unfortunately not enough. Ousman is working on his developmental studies to improve and contribute to the same village I arrived in so many years ago."
September, 2017 Ousman writes: As a young Gambian after graduating from senior school, I wanted to start a program in the university. I applied and was accepted, but having tried and tried, I could not secure a scholarship package and thought I would not find a way, until i heard of Gambia Rising . Working with them, my dream of entering the university was materialised - through your support. For that I thank you greatly. In the university I am majoring in DEVELOPMENT STUDIES, a course i was ever aiming to do in order to alleviate poverty and improve the living conditions of the people in my community. In my first and second semesters, I was exposed to the Ideas, Theories, Objectives, and Scopes of Development. During this period i derived lessons from past events, likewise the experienced personnel whom I met with during sessions. I was deeply inspired and to put what I had learned into practice, I organized an association of ex-students of KAIAF UPPER AND SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL. In our first project, we invited teachers to teach voluntary classes for one month this summer to students from grade 8, grade 9, and grade 11 (going to 12). i was handling grade 9, and teaching S.E.S. and History. I am told that this has never happened in the since the establishment of the school in 1949 in the colonial era. With the knowledge and skills I am getting in my studies, my wish is to become a change agent and this change should be towards betterment for my community.
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