Following the success of the Cadeaux for Kids project, when we gave Christmas gifts to a few families in Bangou and Bangangte, Anthony Rodriguez and I decided to do something more substantial and sustainable. In speaking with Aladji, my cultural counterpart in Bangou, he immediately suggested a scholarship at the Bangou-ville high school. “Gifts are fine, but giving these kids knowledge through education will change their lives.”
So with that pearl of wisdom, I asked Anthony and friends back in the US to help us put on this scholarship. Despite his own financial responsiblities back home, Anthony was the first one to sign on, and basically funded the whole thing. He believed in this idea from the beginning, and it was his sacrifice that allowed to us pull it off. Since that first scholarship back in 2008, it has grown, and now dozens of friends and family members from around the world contribute to make sure the kids of Bangou have an education.
This scholarship is our on-going show of support for Bangou. Over the life of AADB, we hope to provide a free education for thousands of students, who will hopefully go on to a better life, and improve their own lives and the lives of those around them. If a few dozen Americans can get together each year and accomplish that once a year, and make the lives of people better over the long-term, then we plan on doing it as long as we possibly can.
If you’re interested in helping us continue to provide this scholarship, go to the donate page and help us keep providing free school to the 20 best students in Bangou.