COLONIE, N.Y. – An 18-year old East Greenbush student flew into the Albany International Airport on Friday with a 14-year old Tanzanian girl who will now spend her high school years in the Capital Region.
Ali Reinhold is a senior at East Greenbush, and she raised almost $20,000 to pay for Arafa Salimu's travel and living expenses to attend school in the United States.
Reinhold met Salimu back in 2009 when she was part of a group of volunteers who went to Tanzania from Woodland Hill Montessori School in North Greenbush through the nonprofit WaterPowerPeace. Salimu is from Babati, Tanzania.
"Everybody at my school is so excited to meet her, all of the teachers at my school. I am just so ecstatic that she is doing really really well with the change already, and I am just really looking forward to what's to come," said Reinhold.
Salimu will be attending Hawthorne Valley School in Ghent where she has been given a full scholarship.
Education, in English, is the way out of poverty in Tanzania, but most girls drop out before the end of 8th grade. Reinhold raised most of the funds through the crowdsource funding.