Meet the People Who Make LNNY Great
Bringing Potable Water to a Village in Burkina Faso
Edith Nebie is a Literacy of Northern New York language student working with our agency to improve both her spoken and written English skills. Her tutor is Carla Haas, a retired school social worker for Jefferson-Lewis BOCES. Edith and her husband Babou reside in Watertown with their three daughters: Grace, age 12; Clavery, age 9; and Mathel, age 4. Grace and Clavery attend local schools in the Immaculate Heart system. Edith and her daughters visit Edith’s family home, the African country of Burkina Faso, and Grace’s and Clavery’s birth place, during summer school vacation.
However, this Christmas there was a change in routine. Edith Nebie and her three daughters made a December 2018 trip to Burkina Faso.
The Nebie sisters, having been to Burkina Faso and listening to their
parents, family and African friends talk, became aware that fresh drinking water was extremely limited in the small rural village of Sekeni, Burkina Faso. Mrs. Nebie’s aunt and her grandmother, as well other members of Mrs. Nebie’s extended family, are Sekeni villagers.
Grace Nebie, with the help of younger sister Clavery, worked to obtain sufficient money not only to have water located by a local water finder (a dowser) with his divining rod, but to have drilling equipment brought to the site to drill the well. The project was recorded by a documentary film maker; and Grace was interviewed by a reporter for the national Burkina Faso television network. As a local village elder noted, “There is no life without water”. The joy the villagers displayed when they had fresh water to use and no longer had to make a perilous climb down a steep embankment to fetch and carry less than pristine water was truly heartwarming.
More Great Success Stories …
These students are now attending Jefferson Community College
~Iria, a Fort Drum ESL student, went up a literacy level and began attending Jefferson Community College in the fall 2018
~Leticia, another student from the Fort Drum ESL classes, went up four literacy levels and started at Jefferson Community College in the fall 2018.
~Roksanna went up two literacy levels and was accepted at Jefferson Community College in the fall 2018. She also attended ESL classes at Fort Drum.
~Freshta, who is one of our former students, is attending Jefferson Community College. She was the featured Jefferson Community College Honors Program student in November 2018. Freshta is a business administration major. She completed a nine-step accounting cycle as an honors option. Her tutors, Mary and Doug Anderson, helped her with improving math skills so she could enter Jefferson Community College.
~Brenda, a native of Ecuador, became a U.S. citizen in the fall of 2018. She attends ESL classes at Fort Drum.
CDL Training and Driver’s License
~Cem obtained his Commercial Driver’s License and entered a training program to drive commercial vehicles. He is a Fort Drum ESL class alumnus.
~Anna improved her literacy skills and obtained her Driver’s License.She used to rely upon her husband to drive her to class but now she drives herself when he is busy working. Anna attends ESL classes twice per week, along with her husband.
These students got jobs.
~Denisa got a job at the Fort Drum Exchange.
~Alonzo is now working at job at Olive Garden.
~Andrea obtained a part-time position at Wal-Mart.
This student is now passing his course at BOCES with the help of his tutor.
~Ryan, who had been failing the weekly reading tests at his welding course, obtained a tutor who helped him comprehend the course material and he passed the first half of the course
And More …
~Edith obtained a Driver’s Licence and has improved her English language She also designs and sews her own clothing line.
~Maricella is involved in her son’s school program and takes pride in reading and understanding letters and notes from his teacher.
~Mariely went to her daughter’s parent-teacher conference and the teacher commented that she is speaking and understanding English better.