In Dakar, AFLK provides some twenty scholarships that enable exceptional high school students to continue their studies at a university level.
The students are recommended to us by school administrators and teachers with whom we have close contact as well as by other AFLK colleagues in Senegal. Candidates go through an application process and meet with Anny Charbit—a volunteer colleague in Dakar who runs the program—before being selected. Once selected, they are in constant touch with Ms. Charbit regarding their needs and progress in school.
Most of these students come from poor rural areas and are the first members of their families to be in the nation’s capital city. The scholarships help with their costs of living, travel, supplies, and other needs. Tuition is covered by the State, but without us, these students would lack the means to continue their education. We buy each a laptop, and Ms. Charbit not only works directly with the students and distributes their monthly stipends, but sees to details concerning the three furnished apartments we rent to house most of them. We assist with undergraduate and graduate studies in various fields, among them nursing, telecommunications, geology, nutrition, and English literature. We are in regular, frequent contact with each of our students, whom we know almost like family members and whom we see regularly on trips to Dakar.
To learn more about our Student Scholarship Program, please click here.