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Support Ousmane Through Medical School

Organized by: Lauren Ciszak

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Lauren Ciszak via Crowdrise
October 31, 2015

If he didn't pay he would have been kicked out. Thank you all for making this possible! See More

THE STORY:

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!

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To This Fundraiser

$1,495

 

50% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Marianne Barisonek

    $25

  • Zikomo Keck

    $150

  • Cristy Murray

    $20

  • Charlie Rogers

    $50

  • Adriana Lovera

    $35

  • Anna Boiko-Weyrauch

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Bin & Krischelle

     

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Lily Bloom Muldoon

    $25

  • Annie

    $40

  • Mike and Monica

    $50

  • Consuelo

    $100

  • Herz Family

    $50

  • Leeza P

    $15

  • Rachel Taber

    $250

  • Oumou Ba

    $40

  • Glenn

    $50

  • Greg Woodburn

     

  • David Brower

    $250

  • laurel

    $25

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Donor Comments

laurel

laurel

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

David Brower

David Brower

DONATION: $250

2 years ago

Greg Woodburn

Greg Woodburn

USCAHI forever! Fight On! 2 years ago

Glenn

Glenn

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Oumou Ba

Oumou Ba

DONATION: $40

2 years ago

Rachel Taber

Rachel Taber

DONATION: $250

In Memory of Baba Samake, my jatigi, and family! 2 years ago

Leeza P

Leeza P

DONATION: $15

2 years ago

Herz Family

Herz Family

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Consuelo

Consuelo

DONATION: $100

Keep going Ousmane, you have gone far already and you will do it! 2 years ago

Mike and Monica

Mike and Monica

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

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