On January 31st, former United Nations worker Suzanne Mandong visited the French American School of Princeton (FASP) for a presentation to students in grades five through eight. During the presentation, Mandong spoke to students about the landlocked West-African country, Burkina Faso.
In 1992, Mandong moved to New York City and worked for the the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). During her career, she had the distinct privilege of working with people throughout the world, making her multilingual in English, French, Russian and Bassa. Now retired, Mandong feels it is important to continue helping those who are in need, while encouraging younger generations to follow in her footsteps.
“We must engage our youth, and teach them the importance of serving and giving,” said Mandong. Our future relies on young people.”
During her frequent visits to Africa, Mandong provides common personal care items to the citizens of Burkina Faso. To involve the FASP community, Mandong showed a collection of images that displayed the conditions of Burkina Faso. Then, she gave examples on how students can help, even without visiting the country.
“We cannot do everything, but we can do something,” said Mandong. “We can fundraise and collect basic items including shoes, food, school supplies, hygiene products and so much more.”
To donate to Burkina Faso, please consider donating the following:
Students in preschool, pre-k and kindergarten classes can provide hygiene products including soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste or mouthwash.
Élèves dans elementary classes can provide sheets, blankets and towels, as well as school supplies such as pens, pencils, markers or crayons.
Élèves dans middle school classes can provide summer clothes, such as t-shirts and shorts (all sizes).