By: Joseph Spirk and Jaclyn Frank
The French IV/V students have been recently learning about French-speaking countries in Africa and their different cultures. Well in advance of school starting, Ms. Jergens, the French IV/V teacher, had arranged through her close friend and former Wright State professor Karine to hold a donation campaign that would benefit young kids in a non-profit school in Nouakchott, the capital city of Mauritania, called Kaima Des Petits.
The school was established by Karine’s childhood friend Nadia and her husband who wanted to give back to a country where the poverty rate is around 43.3%, and children are the most affected. The school is funded almost entirely by donations they receive from different organizations and schools around the world. Mauritania is one of the 25 French-speaking countries in Africa. (Yes, French is commonly spoken in Africa.) With a very high poverty rate, most children and their families struggle to get a hot meal once a day. There, she provides them with two hot meals a day, an opportunity to learn French, basic math skills, manners, and personal hygiene. Also, she has a doctor visit them monthly to make sure they are healthy.
This campaign is truly unique, with Ms. Jergens adding, “This entire donation campaign is student ran; my upper level French classes have done all the hard work, either by putting up signs around the school, to spreading the word, and to even bringing in donations themselves.” Ms. Jergens added, “I am proud to give my students the opportunity to help those less fortunate and to be able to make a difference in someone’s life. I am so proud of all the hard work all of my French students have put into this project and I hope this experience will always stick with them through life.”
They are still accepting donations until Friday, October 23, 2015 and are in need of toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, pencils, colored pencils, mini erasers, and small toys for girls. You can drop off your donations in any of the boxes located throughout the school.