Making A Difference Around The World, An Ann Arbor Woman Shares Her Story

Sep 20, 2016

Sarah Strader
Credit Lisa Barry

I spoke with Sarah Strader about her efforts to help teach children in Africa.

Sarah Strader graduated from Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School, where she received an American Field Service scholarship and worked in an orphanage in Ghana, which gave her her first view of children in need in Africa.

She teaches pre-skill schools to local community members that deliver the lessons in the Baka language to children in the community.

Strader with one of the hand-cranked MP3 players she uses to teach.
Credit Lisa Barry.

She teaches vocabulary and life skills with music and dance using a hand crank Mp3 player because there is no electricity or running water. 

Strader in Africa with some of the children she teaches.
Credit Sarah Strader

The children she serves speak no English and live in the forest of central Africa and are "hunters-gatherers." They hunt deer, snakes, hedgehogs, and wild rats in the forest, and they eat what they can catch.

Children using the hand-crank MP3 players.
Credit Sarah Strader

Sarah said food is scarce, and she experienced hunger like she never felt it before.

Sarah Strader (right) and Lisa Barry (Left)
Credit Lisa Barry

She's having a 5k fundraiser for her non-profit October 9th at Gallup Park.

Strader (left) with her mother, Barbara Tucker (right)
Credit Lisa Barry

"Chasing Two Rabbits at Once" is the non-profit she founded.

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— Lisa Barry is a reporter, and host of All Things Considered on 89.1 WEMU. Contact her at 734.487.3363, on twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her lbarryma@emich.edu