Rebuilding my old school in Senegal

$15,005 of $20k goal

Raised by 117 people in 2 months
Ousmane Dia  NEW LONDON, CT
I am Ousmane Dieng and this is where my story a school called Lycée de Ndioum, in the small village of Ndioum, 8 hours from the capital Dakar, Senegal. This is the school where I learned to be the person I am today. I learned 4 languages at this school starting at 8 years of age.

Today I am a student and varsity soccer player at Connecticut College, class of 2018 and I am doing very well. I am majoring in Computer Science and minoring in linguistics. Throughout highschool I played soccer for PSG, a nationally ranked team from the Manhattan Soccer Club where I developed many great friendships. I am thankful for all of the wonder people I have met along the way and I feel deep gratitude toward the school I attended as a child.

Over my college break (January 17') I traveled to Senegal for the first time in 9 years to play on the U20 Senegal team and had the opportunity to visit my childhood home in Ndioum. While I was there I visited the school where I studied as a child. I was so deeply moved by what I saw that I decided to make it my mission to go back this summer and help rebuild my school. This will be my version of a summer internship, giving back to the community that got me to where I now am.

The population of Ndioum is less than 20,000 and approximately 2,000 kids attend the school with only 15 classrooms. The ceilings and walls are badly in need of repair and paint and the 3 bathrooms are clogged and not working.

The money I raise will be used to repair desks, prep and paint classrooms and to make new bathrooms; with doors and toilet seats instead of holes in the ground.

The following are the estimated costs to complete this project: 

1 DESK: $15 for wood and screws to add a wooden seat and desk top to 1 metal frame. 300 desks in total. $4,500 to repair all 300 desks.

1 CLASSROOM: $150 to paint 1 classroom. $2,250 to paint all 15 classrooms.

1 PAINTER to paint and supervise  the volunteer painters for $1000

3 NEW TOILETS $1500+


TRANSPORTATION to get me there and back, including food and lodging: $2,500

SCHOOL SUPPLIES to be purchased with any extra money raised

I can not do this without the financial support of friends, teammates, fellow students, soccer players and their families and friends. 

Please consider one of the following contributions
or any other contribution amount:

$450: 1 classroom painted & 20 chairs
$150: 1 classroom painted
$300: 20 chairs
$150: 10 chairs
$75: 5 chairs
$15: 1 chair

Each classroom will have a handmake plaque on the wall near the chalk board with the names of the people who contributed to that room.

I will be working hands on, painting and repairing, along side many volunteers from my village and I will post photos of the progress we make throughout the summer.

Thank You in advance and PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS!

Ousmane (Uzii)

Me in my classroom
Mold on walls next to chalk board
Classroom buildings
More classroom buildings
Walking to the building with the toilets

Repair needed at door frames
Toilet with no door
No toilet just a hole in the ground
Me at college

Your support means so much to me!

Thank you in advance for considering a contribution.
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Update 5
Posted by Ousmane Dieng
2 months ago
Rebuilding my old school in Senegal has reached 50% of its goal. Thanks to all of you who have donated and shared this project around. I can't express how much closer you have brought me to putting huge smiles on the faces of the less fortunate. Love you all. Let's make this happen people. Une fois de plus, Merci à tous.
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Update 4
Posted by Ousmane Dieng
2 months ago
We are almost 1/2 way to rebuilding my old school in Senegal. Consider a contribution that will make a lasting change in the lives of many children.
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Update 3
Posted by Ousmane Dieng
2 months ago
Thank you to my friends and your friends for your generosity. I can not believe I am 1/4 of the way to my goal. It's team work that is making this happen. Thank you all!!!
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Update 2
Posted by Ousmane Dieng
2 months ago
There were many intermediate steps that got me to college, then to Senegal for the U20 team and to my home village and I want to acknowledge my teammates and coach Wilson Egidio from Manhattan SC PSG. You guys are the best!
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$15,005 of $20k goal

Raised by 117 people in 2 months
Created January 29, 2017
Sandra Nairi Carlos
17 hours ago

I am so glad I could help.

Teagan & Emmy .
4 days ago

Happy Birthday Vievie

Ole Hansen
4 days ago
Beth Sheridan
4 days ago

Happy birthday, Vievie! I absolutely love this project! Bless you for taking it on! Good luck!

Deniz Yetil
6 days ago
Robert John Van
7 days ago
Dominique Canlas
8 days ago

Goodluck and God bless!

Amy Kibbey
10 days ago

Happy Birthday Vievie. Good luck!

Kasey Donohue
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