Three Bright Scholars Selected for Study Abroad
Each fall SEGA selects two students to study in the United States for the month of November. This year thanks to an anonymous donation we were able to bring three wonderful young woman to America for this fun, educational opportunity. Zaituni (Tuney), Charity, and Maria are three of SEGA’s brightest Form 3 students. I had the honor to accompany them across the country visiting San Francisco, Washington D.C., New York City, Boston and Portsmouth, NH. The girls not only got to see some of America’s most iconic landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge and Times Square, but also met hundreds of our supporters at over 10 gatherings and events.
They were impressive ambassadors for SEGA sharing their personal stories of their journey to SEGA, how SEGA has changed their lives and what their aspirations are for the future. Tuney says she would like to be a gynecologist, Charity a lawyer and Maria a meteorologist! Amazingly all three also intend to start an organization that helps girls who have had challenging backgrounds like them. The girls also shared their gift of singing with us! At many of our gatherings they asked if they could sing a song of thanks in Swahili
Following our week-long travels and adventures the girls went on to live for a couple of weeks with host families and got to experience American traditions like Thanksgiving and trimming a Christmas tree. Charity and Tuney were hosted by two families in Newton, MA while Maria stayed with a family in Portsmouth, NH. Maria’s experience was a true student exchange as the daughter from her host family visited SEGA with her school, Portsmouth High School, last July.
The girls also took a short course in English and presented to several schools in both the Boston area and the Portsmouth area. We are extremely grateful to everyone who made this program possible, including our board members, advisors, supporters and host families.
We are also beyond grateful for the bravery of our students to travel so far from home and for their passion and commitment to SEGA and girls’ education.
- Laura DeDominicis
Executive Director, Nurturing Minds