I haven’t left the house in over 72 hours by now. Part of it is because Brussels remains under highest terror alert, but mostly because of the hailstorms this weekend and because I’m writing my dissertations.
I realize that my last letter was a bit gloomy. I’m starting to bland in with the weather here. So let’s try again!
Since volunteering with the refugees, I’ve had to focus more on school, on my French, on my readings, and on my theoritical learning. This is after all what I came here to do.
It’s been 75 days since I left Minneapolis to pursue my Masters in Brussels. I first flew to Germany, and then got a ride to Belgium. All under U$ 330 Dollars. I wanna assure you I’m being as resourceful as I can with this grant, and that I’m thrilled to be a Rotary ambassador once again.
Desde que eu me graduei em maio da Universidade de Minnesota com um bacharel em Ciências Políticas, e Francês, eu tenho trabalhado na campanha do partido Democrata (Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party). Eu sou o Organizador Comunitário para os latinos no meu distrito e no resto do estado.
After 1364 days, 25 international flights, 14 transcontinental flights, 7 host families, 4 colleges I am finally graduating from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors degree in Political Science.
Only 7,9% of Brazilians graduated college. Come celebrate this overrated occasion with me and my Brazilian family!
I’ll warn you up front that the ten following days weren’t nearly as exciting as the first ten.
For those women who work their butts off in the kitchen, while their men watch TV. For those girls who work all they in the fields, while their fathers sit in the shade. For those who slave away in an overtly sexist, die-hard misogynist country.
Para aquelas mulheres que trabalham duro na cozinha, enquanto os homens assistem TV. Para aquelas meninas que trabalham o dia inteiro no campo, enquanto seus pais descansam na sombra. Para aquelas que são escravizadas em um país abertamente sexista, e extremamente misógino. Continue reading
World Bank once published that “There is no investment more effective for achieving development goals than educating girls.” And as much as I think that it’s a no brainer: educating girls is primordial; I have run into people who disagree.
During my first week with the organization, I had the opportunity to accompany Adji Sanghor in her traveling, and together we visited over twenty schools in the area – where we met with the young girls sponsored by the program “Nos Soeurs à l’école” (“Our Sisters in school”). We spent entire days on the road. The trip was tough, and the roads were awful. It’s not even fair to say there were potholes in the asphalt. Instead, there were some asphalt chunks on the dirt roads. But that is not what I want to talk about. Continue reading
Sokone, Fatick, Senegal | Mercredi 6 Septembre 2013
Women’s Global Education Project is a ten-year-old organization founded on the belief that a society thrives when there is universal education, gender equity, and women who are empowered to be independent. Started in 2003 by a former Peace Corps volunteer (who lived in Sokone in the 1990s with the same family I’m living with now), WGEP partners with local organizations in Senegal and Kenya to increase the educational outcomes of young women. UNICEF estimates that worldwide, some 117 million school-aged children do not attend school, 62 million of them girls. Attendance rates are lowest in sub-Saharan Africa, where only 57 percent of girls are in school, and just 15 percent of these go on to secondary school. Continue reading