Mam-Yassin Sarr founded Starfish International with the goal of providing education for Gambian girls from pre-school through graduate school. She will present: “Negotiating Female Reproductive Health as an Adolescent Girl in The Gambia, West Africa: The unique health and social issues involved” during a Global Health Nursing Seminar. Sarr also presents Education, Ebola and Empowering Girls in The Gambia at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in Cooper Hall Auditorium.
Teen-age girls in The Gambia face a host of social and health issues and challenges, including early marriage, teen pregnancy, violence against women and building their confidence and financial independence.
A doctoral student at Syracuse University in New York, Sarr is a native of The Gambia, West Africa. She grew up in a society where the average family subsists on about $1 a day, and she knew she wanted to help. “I believe that especially the poorest students need the highest and best-designed standards to go by in order to move out of their current state of economic exclusion,” she writes on her blog. “I also believe that with modest financial support and mentors that are very visionary in their approach to education, they can attain the highest levels of education.”