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Internship Aids African Girls’ Education

Abigail Evans ’14 is spending her summer as an intern with The Batonga Foundation in Washington, D.C., a non-profit organization whose mission is to support both secondary school and higher education for girls in Africa through a variety of funding and hands-on efforts.

Through her internship, Evans has been working with Batonga’s Board of Directors and her fellow interns to organize events to increase awareness about the organization’s cause. Currently, Evans is working with the online video service Hulu to kick-off a national campaign to increase donor participation.

In addition, she is attending classes at The Foundation Center to learn about grant writing, and frequently attends events and conferences at The World Bank Group. Evans says her biggest accomplishment so far has been kicking off a campaign on Razoo, a fundraising website and initiative. Through this efforts, donors who give to Batonga between May 27 and June 27 are entered to win an autographed CD from the Foundation’s founder and four-time Grammy nominee Angelique Kidjo.

“I’ve already gained so much experience. I’ve met incredible people and the experiences I’ve had thus far have been inspiring and invaluable,” said Evans.

Evans is also hoping to travel to Ethiopia later this summer to assist in the documentation of Batonga’s efforts and progress with the girls they serve. The foundation plans to establish a public-health clinic for girls and their communities. They would also take school supplies that have been donated directly to the girls.

Evans is a rising sophomore at William Smith pursuing a double major in anthropology and political science. An active member in the Colleges’ dance community, Evans choreographed for and performed in Koshare’s show in the fall. This past spring, she performed in the Faculty Dance Ensemble program. Next year, she will serve as the community outreach officer for Koshare while living in the Community Service theme house.

She is a member of the William Smith Summit and HWS Leads Certification Program. In addition, Evans works for the Office of Admissions giving tours, co-organizing events, and meeting with prospective students and families.