Liz first worked with Graham in 2013, the summer before his junior year at the University of Zambia. She met him at a Zambian activist meeting, and subsequently hired him to help collect data. After that, she agreed to help advise his senior thesis remotely (from NYC). Graham conducted an original survey that year, and knocked his thesis out of the park!!!
In 2014, Joe met Graham in Lusaka, and was equally inspired by his work, reliability, and personal commitment to combine research and social action to improve people's lives. Moreover, Joe and Liz increasingly realized how personal Graham's motivation was. Graham's dad was a South African activist who fled to Zambia in the 1980s, and died needlessly from Malaria when Graham was young. Though she struggled to raise her family amidst Zambia's heightened poverty (during political transition in the early 1990s), Graham's single mom made every sacrifice to encourage his education and to support his work for social justice.
Fast forward to 2016, and Liz and Joe were finally able to support Graham in taking his GRE's and applying to world class grad schools. In the spring of 2017, Graham received admission to the University of Washington at St. Louis' graduate program in social work, the BEST social work program in the U.S. - AMAZING!!!
Wash U awarded Graham their most prestigious merit-based scholarship, which covers roughly 50% of his tuition. But this leaves the rest of his tuition, living expenses (e.g., food and rent), health insurance, and books unfunded. Foreign student visas also severely restrict off-campus employment.
We are committed to making Graham's education possible, both through fundraising and direct support. We would be truly moved if you contributed to this effort, enabling Graham to seize this momentous opportunity.
Any amount helps, and means a great deal to Joe and me, Graham, and the communities he works with in Zambia.
- Susanna Omac
- BJ and Marie
- Anna Schell
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