Support Ousmane Through Medical School
Organized by: Lauren Ciszak
Lauren Ciszak via Crowdrise
October 31, 2015
The first time I met Ousmane, he was 9 years old. If you know him, as many of you who will get this e-mail do, you know that Ousmane is a bright, loving, kind kid who is constantly curious and loves to learn. If you don't know him, just trust us, he's awesome. It has been a struggle for him to get through school. I remember watching him do multiplication tables on a tiny wooden chalkboard by the fire at night (see the included picture of this). The elementary school doesn't always have a teacher every year, so his family had to invest in him going to a private school 7km away. it wasn't always easy. He had a rebellious phase and had to repeat a year of school, but he passed the baccalaureate and he just started medical school!!!!
Ousmane is the first in his family to go to middle school, let alone high school. On top of that he did it without electricity and with parents who couldn't help him at all because they were stuck in the Ivory Coast, waiting for the war to end so they could make it back to Mali (they've made it back now). Now he has to move from his small village to the city, find a place to live, provide food for himself, buy books and supplies and stay in school. It won't be easy, especially on a subsistence farming income.
Ousmane and his family welcomed me into their home back in the day and many times over the years. He also welcomed some of you into his home. He led us around the village, taught us to play the balafon, danced with us and practiced his English. He protected us from that cow with the giant horns. Now we have a chance to return the favor, so I hope you will join me in doing so. I'll be sending him $50 a month, but a little more could really make him secure.
You know that in Mali, a little can go a long way, so even if you don't have much, it will help. Thank you so much for anything you can contribute!