RHS students donate backpacks to needy children in Senegal

by Lynn Anyanwu
Ramstein High School

The Ramstein High School Spanish and Multicultural Club organized a service project to help collect school supplies for orphanage school children in Dakar, Senegal.

The service project started four years ago when club sponsor Lynn Anyanwu recounted her school days in Okigwe, Nigeria. She explained that they sat on the floor and used a stick to take notes on the dirt floor.

This story galvanized her students to do something to help the many children who can not afford a quality education.

The Educational Backpack Project was started four years ago by Ms. Anyanwu’s dance club in Yokosuka, Japan. It has since provided many impoverish school children in India and Africa a means to obtain a quality education.

This year, RHS Spanish and Multicultural Club students set a goal of donating 100 backpacks. The project began the second week of December and ended Jan. 20. In one month, the clubs surpassed their goal. With the help of RHS students and various organizations in the KMC, the students collected 368 backpacks and school bags filled with school supplies.

The clubs intended to donate the packs with supplies only to Mame Diarra Orphanage School in Dakar, Senegal. Because of the tremendous amount of generosity from donors, the clubs will now donate the backpacks and supplies to four different schools in Senegal.

With excitement and anticipation, club members packed the backpacks full of supplies Jan. 23.

The shipment departed from Hamburg Feb. 7 and is scheduled to arrive in Dakar, Senegal, Tuesday. The backpacks and school supplies will be distributed the week of Feb. 23.

Ms. Anyanwu said she hopes to receive updates via pictures and video by early March to share with the KMC.