Back to School Campaign

It’s fundraising time again . . . but it isn’t one bit hard to think of a way to tell you we’re achieving all of our goals with your support. This year, we’re not just focused on keeping the girls in school. Our new program helps all young people get the required English proficiency to attend University. This is a great program and we are thrilled to be bringing it to Guéoul. Just the right thing for us to do after 12 years keeping girls in school. Now those little girls are young women – many of whom might be...

Processes & Metaphors: An Exploration in Preparation by Katelynn Wright

People marvel at magnificent structures created by man. People go to France to see the Eiffel Tower, they go to China to see the Great Wall. The end result is astonishing. Ostentatiously rising into the sky is something beautiful, complex, and somewhat irreverent, and the work itself that goes into a truly magnificent structure can be a masterpiece all on its own. In the following weeks, Friends of Gueoul’s ESL program will educational development of young lives in the subject of English—but it seems we have neglected the preparation that leads to a, very likely, successful venture into the unknown....

In Memory of Vicki Pierce

Vicki Pierce of the Board of Friends of Guéoul has unexpectedly passed away after a brief illness on January 29, 2016. We have lost a wonderful friend and a devoted colleague and leader on our shared mission. Vicki Pierce had been a Peace Corps Volunteer. She fell in love with Friends of Guéoul’s goals. In late 2015, she brought her extensive experience in non profits and in management to her new leadership role of the Board of Directors. She and the Board made major plans for the expansion of the education project for poor Muslim girls in Guéoul, Sénégal. A...

Colorado Gives by Sara Lewis

As I write this, I have just completed a donation to my favorite charity (Friends of Gueoul) through Colorado Gives. It took me about five minutes. What makes Colorado Gives special is its million-dollar incentive fund. All of the charities involved in Colorado Gives receive a piece of the incentive fund in proportion to the amount of money raised by donations they’ve received. I indicated my donation should be in honor of Diane Wilson. She is the board member who took on the enormous task of interfacing with the vetting committee at Colorado Gives. She volunteered countless hours to gather...

Malala and Friends of Guéoul

Malala and Friends of Guéoul share a passion – educating women – to ensure not only their own future, but that of communities and cultures throughout the world. Friends of Guéoul focuses on girls in Sénégal. It’s 5,443 miles from here to Sénégal. Their successful democracy is the threshold to western Africa. Beyond Sénégal there are a lot of countries full of terrorists, instability and inhumanity. Don’t think that those 5,443 miles make this an issue that doesn’t affect all of us. The globe is shrinking as we speak. Sénégal can play a vital role in helping to defeat some...

25 Years Later by Zoe Traphagan

I remember Judy Beggs sitting in my styling chair at my Salon some 25 years ago, telling me she had joined the Peace Corps and she was going to Africa! Sénégal, Africa. Her life was changing from lawyer to social worker. I knew she would make a positive impact where ever she went. I just didn’t know how big her impact was going to be. When Judy returned from Sénégal and returned to our Salon, she told us stories of her time there and of the great need for educating women in that country, especially the very poorest of girls....

2014-15 Impact Statement

IMPACT STATEMENT Friends of Guéoul, Inc. July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 Our scholarships have been given to 145 students over 11 years, of whom 117 remain in public school. Our core mission is to select each year 12 of the poorest girls in Guéoul ready to enter first grade. We give them a scholarship of $100 for each year they stay in school. An after-school academic enhancement program provides classes in math and French as a Second Language. Sox years of attendance and grade results for our scholarship girls are being analyzed. Preliminary assessments show improved academic performance....

Talent Search

A volunteer team is being formed to work in the Denver area to upgrade a summer school in Guéoul, Sénégal (teaching French, Math) and create two new programs (English intensive and computer skills) all using eLearning as a teaching tool. We are gathering a team of volunteers, to upgrade an educational program in Guéoul, Sénégal, using computers and eLearning techniques. All of the project development will happen in Denver (or online with our Denver staff). A second team (or perhaps members of the first team) may go to Guéoul next summer to implement it. We are looking for volunteers who...

My African Adventure: A Volunteer’s Story by Diane Wilson

Traveling to a third-world country is an adventure! Guéoul, Sénégal—a world where transportation is by donkey or by foot. Where the day’s meal is slow-cooked on an open fire. Where vivid people move slowly and savor time with their friends and relatives. Where there’s sand, out at the edge of the Sahara. Where people live in thatch homes. Where life is harsh, hearts are kind and people live in peace. In January 2010, I traveled to the village of Guéoul to volunteer with Friends of Guéoul to help create a new arts program for our scholarship girls. Since the government...