Date of Paper/Work


Type of Paper/Work

Doctoral Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy


Occupational Science/Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Kristen Maisano


Doctor of Occupational Therapy


Where would you be without an education? A safe place to call home? Or rather, where do you want your education to take you? These questions were asked to female students in Tambacounda, Senegal upon receiving funding for a newly built hostel wall and classroom resources. This portfolio describes the development of a Senegal program presentation that reflects the impact that Sisters Rising Worldwide (SRW) funding has on vulnerable communities and further the need for continued funding from donors to support these programs. This also includes the creation of student and Sister surveys as well as a SRW donor survey. The Senegal presentation includes a glimpse of the positive impact before and after funding occurred, two articulated main themes of safety and education, and compelling contributions from 11 students in Tambacounda. This project suggests the importance of advocacy to address areas of injustice and serve in-need communities. Implications of this project include opportunities for advocacy at the community and patient level.