Travels in West Africa to be detailed at meeting |

Travels in West Africa to be detailed at meeting

Provided to the Tribune

Joanna Upton will discuss her experiences in West Africa at Wednesday’s meeting of Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe. Upton, the daughter of John and Roxie Upton, is a 1998 graduate of South Tahoe High School.

The meeting will begin at noon at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe special events center and the public is welcome to attend. The cost of lunch is $10 and reservations are requested. To make a reservation and for more information call (530) 573-2433.

Upton graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude from the University of Boston in 2002 with a major in linguistics and minors in French and music. She spent her junior year in Grenoble, France, and Niamey, Niger, West Africa. Since graduation she has spent 31Ú2 years traveling and working in West Africa, chiefly in Niamey, Niger. One year was as resident advisor for Boston University International Studies Program and one year was as on-site administrator for RAIN for the Sahel and Sahara. She set up and supported schools in the desert for nomadic children and also was involved in educational programs for local women and girls. She raised funds for and helped rebuild burned nomadic village in Niamey.

Upton is employed by the U.S. Library of Congress to acquire materials in local languages from Niger.

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