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...

What’s it like in Guéoul?

What’s it like out there in the sub-Saharan town of Guéoul, Sénégal? Where people struggle to make a good life for themselves? Where some struggle just to make ends meet? Where poor girls are frequently made household servants or married off at age 12 or 14 because their families can’t support them and certainly can’t afford to keep them in school? Picture a town of cinder block houses, many covered with tiles, and of grass-roofed huts in a sea of sand. Imagine the goats and chickens roaming the sand streets. See in your mind’s eye the donkey carts moving computers...

Ndank Ndank by Sara Lewis

NDANK-NDANK MOOY JAPP GOLO CI NAAY The title is a Wolof saying that literally means, “little by little one catches the monkey in the bush,” which is another way of saying that “things take time.” “Ndank-ndank” is a very Senegalese notion of time, where rushing is not known, and everything follows its own pace and progression. There is no thought of “making things happen” or “forcing the issue” as we sometimes do in much of the Western world. “Ndank-ndank” as a philosophy is also applicable to the formation of a stable and sustainable organization. Friends of Gueoul has been around...

Rx: Attend School by Marny Eulberg, M.D.

I’ve written thousands of prescriptions over my 40 years as a physician, but until now I’d never written a prescription saying “Attend School” or “Stay in School”. This prescription may save or improve more lives than all the prescriptions I’ve written for drugs for diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. So, what does keeping girls in school have to do with their health or the health of their families? More than you might think! “Educating girls is the single most effective strategy to ensure well-being and health of children and the long-term success of developing economies”. This powerful statement...

A Bridge to the 21st Century by John Montaña

Our recent trip to Senegal highlighted the difference in resources that we have available here and in Senegal. My friend Brent and I went to Gueoul to upgrade the infrastructure in our computer classroom there. For a relatively modest expenditure of money, we were able to bring the classroom up to a reasonable standard of speed and reliability, making it a real, useful tool for our students and the community. Later it was inspected by some of our collaborators at the University of St. Louis, who declared it fully the equal of any computer classroom in Senegal. The vision that...

A University In Gueoul

A university at the edge of the Sahara Desert! The University Gaston Berger at Saint Louis, Sénégal, is the best University in Sénégal. They are building branch at Guéoul. It’s official.  Construction started summer 2015 The City of Guéoul and the village of Bandigne have donated 100 hectares (250 acres). It is on the easterly side of Guéoul, right next to a famous baobab tree which is over 2000 years old. It is called Gwee Bireme Coumba. You can read the history on our web site. Six departments: renewable energy, arts and communication, agriculture, business and entrepreneurship, education. UGB has...

Newsletter #1

Our First Newsletter! Spring 2011 In This Issue: Follow links at the end of every story to see full the full articles on our new website: Letter from the President: >Faces of Guéoul, Faces of Hope Our NEW website–worth the wait! The Scholarship Ceremony: The Heart and Soul of our Mission The Legend of Gwee the Tree Like to Meet Stars? Meet Starfest! GoodSearch A Mother’s Day Gift Your Face Could Be Here: Volunteer! Upcoming Events The New Boursieres: Twelve Bright Faces with a Future Meet a Volunteer Who’s Not Worth a Nickel My African Adventure: A volunteer’s Story An...