Interview with Sandra Wright-Fofanah, March 10, 2022

Project: Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Sandra served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone from 1987-1989 with an Education program. She had completed a B.S. in Biology and was contemplating her next steps when a career counselor suggested she consider the Peace Corps. Never having flown before (and never having been out of the United States), she was shortly on an airplane with 60 other volunteers for an initial staging in New Orleans and then to Songo, Sierra Leone for training. She taught math and chemistry at a Catholic Girls School in Lunsar, a town of about 10,000. As an African American woman, she faced a particular challenge in that men would initially see her as a local woman and not accord her the respect other female volunteers would automatically receive. Sandra also tutored children from her school and from the Muslim school in her town. She helped nearby villagers secure a loan from USAID for a rice drying platform. On her return, Peace Corps helped her to get a scholarship to complete a Master degree in Public Health. She has worked for many years with the CDC in the Center for Global Health. Among the many things she brought back from the Peace Corps, she says she “gained a world view.”

Interview Accession

2022oh1252_pcrv0570

Interviewee Name

Sandra Wright-Fofanah

Interviewer Name

David Schodt

Interview Date

2022-03-10

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Wright-Fofanah, Sandra Interview by David Schodt. 10 Mar. 2022. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Wright-Fofanah, S. (2022, March 10). Interview by D. Schodt. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Wright-Fofanah, Sandra, interview by David Schodt. March 10, 2022, Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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