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Senegal Student Exchange Program

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Our signature program provides students with the opportunity to have learning experiences abroad with our partner schools in Senegal, providing students with the chance to broaden their horizons by learning about Senegalese history and culture.

In June of 2010 Elise Johnson, French Honor Society co-president traveled to Senegal to help with the distribution and installation of 1,000 treated bed nets purchased through on-line donations to their anti-malaria project. She also hand carried medicines and supplies purchased through the group’s fund raising efforts to assist a new maternity center which recently opened there.

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In June of 2008 Miles Johnson, student at North Central High School, Indianapolis traveled to Senegal to help in the distribution of over 3,000 pairs of eye glasses collected as part of the annual project of the school’s French Honor Society of which Wings president, Kathleen Lattimer, is sponsor.

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In June of 2006 four students from North Central High School, Indianapolis,  traveled to Senegal with Wings for West Africa vice-president, Habib Diatta, as part of our mission to train teachers to use the computer technology provided by Wings. They spent three weeks living with African families while teaching keyboarding and basic computer skills in French to teachers and other interested members of three school communities.

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Partners

What They Do:

• Identify interested and qualified schools
• Receive shipments and install software
• Distribute computers to schools
• Train teacher-technicians to install and maintain the systems
• Train teachers in the use of information technology to support the established curriculum

Association for the Promotion of Education & Culture
 

a non-profit devoted to education and culture in Senegal.

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School Partners

We work with US schools to provide opportunities for student development  by participating in service events and offering students a chance to engage in our study abroad programs. 

Canterbury School
 
Fort Wayne, Indiana

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The Canterbury School is an Independent college-preparatory school through Grade 12. One of the school’s stated goals is “to instill a sense of community responsibility and service”. Students there have extended this goal to serve the global community.

Starting in 2007 under the leadership of David Witwer, a group of Canterbury students developed a local chapter of Wings for West Africa with the goal of collecting at least 100 computers. Having already far surpassed that goal, they are developing valuable organizational, communicative and business skills along the way.

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North Central High School
Indianapolis, Indiana

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The Société Honoraire de Français (French Honor Society) of North Central High School has assisted Wings for West Africa in the pick-up of computers and their preparation for shipment. Each  year they  host and fund a project to benefit  Senegal, West Africa.

 

2006

Provided funding to cover  half the construction costs of a center for the Handicapped Association of Diofior, Senegal.

 

One student assisted with  the construction of the building, 4  students spent three weeks teaching computer and keyboarding skills to teachers on equipment donated by Wings. 

 

Provided  a high-volume copy machine, athletic and lab equipment, and computers  for the secondary schools in Diofior, Senegal  

2008 

 Purchased thousand of supplies to be donated  including medicine,  eye glasses,  large volume of additional medical equipment  and computers for a clinic in Pikine, Senegal.

 

One North Central student traveled to Senegal to help distribute the glasses and to teach a computer class on computers donated by Wings.

2009

Donations aided in the completion of Handicapped Center 

Materials and Equipment  supplied a new maternity center being  Pikine, Senegal.

 

In Collaboration with the Against Malaria Foundation, treated mosquito nets were  provided free of charge to women who are pregnant or who have small children.

Greenbriar Elementary School  
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Beginning in 2007, students at Greenbriar, under the direction of teacher Fatima Rich, have supported the school and medical projects of Wings. They have donated boxes of school supplies clothing. This year they raised over $500 in a school-wide effort to purchase diapers for a new maternity center being built outside of the capital of Dakar.

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