AFFCF is currently funding 81 college students who aged out of foster care and are attending universities and community colleges statewide. This month, we're pleased to introduce Fama, who tells her story in her own words.
My name is Fama and I am originally from Senegal, West Africa. I came from a family of 10 kids, my parents and my siblings are back home. I fell in love with basketball when I was ten, my parents weren’t very supportive because they wanted me to focus on school, to get a real job (such as being a doctor, a nurse, or an engineer). When I was ten, I didn’t understand why they wouldn’t support my basketball dreams, but when I was 16 years old I moved to America and I understood why that dream was unrealistic. I was the smallest kid on my basketball team!
I moved to the United States when I was 16 years old through a basketball scholarship by a group who did not have my best interest. I was a victim of human trafficking. They brought me here to play basketball and go to school, but they ended up not feeding me or taking care of me and my education.
Fortunately, I was taken in by an amazing foster family. They helped me live my American Dream and took me to school to improve my English. My goals are to play basketball and earn a degree in Social Work to return the favor to others foster kids and encourage them not to give up.