Oumou | President of Hope of Guinea
On Friday 26th I attended the Hope of Guinea Ball at Towson University. It was an amazing night filled with great performances, awards and recognition of the impact this organization has in their country. We were blessed with delicious Guinean food, and I had the opportunity of buying a beautiful painting from the art auction. I loved seeing the diversity in the room, all the beautiful dresses and I enjoyed the dance party at the end. Events like this are important especially at predominantly white universities, because we get to celebrate African culture while raising money to give back to those who don't have the same educational opportunity. It's inspiring to see Oumou and her team be so committed and passionate about investing in the lives of young Africans.
At the end of the event I spoke to Oumou for a few minutes to ask her about what to expect for the future of the organization. I loved her response, because she emphasized how this organization is not another 'western savior' program that provides support without understanding the peoples culture. They are investing in the children and giving them tools to become self sufficient. Hope of Guinea has raised awareness for the high rates of illiteracy in the country and they have build a public library along with a recreational center to enhance the community. Watch the video below to learn more about the organization, and check out their website in order to support.