A community-minded leader, Bénédicte, is eager to bring her passion for advocating for underserved communities to Botiminto. After relocating from Burkina Faso to the USA in 2006, Bénédicte earned her Medical Anthropology/Global Health and French degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington and is currently pursuing an MSc in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing at the London School of Economics and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her commitment to community is shown by her involvement with organizations such as Feet First, a policy based advocacy nonprofit, The Bailey Boushay House, an outpatient treatment facility in Seattle catering to the health and community needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS as well as being a Sound Sage Community Leadership Institute Fellow. She firmly believes that education is the key to solving some of our most complex issues, such as health inequality and poverty.
Bénédicte enjoys photography, hiking, and traveling.
Annick moved from Burkina Faso to the U.S in 2007. Passionate about providing care to cancer patients, she attended the University of Washington, in Seattle, Washington where she earned a Bachelor degree in nursing, with a specialization in Oncology.
Upon graduation, Annick worked at the University of Washington’s Bone Marrow Transplant Department then transitioned to the Immunotherapy Department at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance where she now practices. Consequently she is pursuing a Master degree in Public Health through the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, distance learning.
Annick frequently visits her home country and is eager to move back someday. Until then, she is determined to raise awareness of social justice inequities in Burkina Faso and in Africa.
Annick loves trying new foods, outdoor activities, hosting friends, traveling, art and music.
Born and raised in Burkina Faso, Armel is an officer in the Air Force, specializing in maintenance and logistics while also teaching English in Burkina Faso. In 2018 Armel completed the prestigious U.S. Department of State Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education. Additionally, Armel is a Defense Language Institute English Language Center (DLIELC) graduate. His topics of interest include Leadership, Aviation, English as a Second Language, Education and Development. He believes education is the key to sustainable development in Burkina Faso, thus seeks opportunities to engage in education initiatives in his sphere of influence.
Armel enjoys music, sports and socializing.
Samir was born and raised in Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso and moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2005 to attend the University of Oregon for his undergraduate studies. He completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Washington and currently works as an Economist for an international development institution in Washington, DC. He conducts research within the fields of International and Monetary Economics, though his research questions have heavy economic growth and economic development themes. Some of the topics he has studied include informality, optimal fiscal and monetary policy, sudden stops, economic growth, exchange rate volatility, labor mobility and currency unions.
Samir founded Botiminto in 2016 to help primary school students in Zigla reach their full potential in the classroom. He embarked on this journey because he strongly believes in the power of education to increase prosperity and reduce poverty. He is an avid dancer, and enjoys cooking and exercising.
Britta was raised in Montana by her father, whose diverse professions including; ballet dancer, rafting and fishing guide, and pursuing a bachelors in Fine Arts and Design, exposed her to the value of education, culture and community, the environment, and art. For many years Britta and her father lived in university student housing, which was a cultural mixing pot within a small American town. This exposure fueled Britta’s curiosity about the world and other cultures. A curiosity that lead her to study Anthropology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Montana and motivated her move to Brazil where she lived for two years. Upon returning to the United States, Britta earned her Master’s in Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington and currently works as a fisheries biologist for NOAA in Seattle, WA.
She continues to engage with her local community through environmental and outdoor education. Over the past year, Britta began to help her Aunt and Uncle raise funds to build and open a women’s health clinic in the Casamance region of Senegal. She joins the team to offer support for Botiminto’s efforts with public relations and fundraising in the United States. Some of Britta’s greatest passions are music, dance, language, travel, gardening, and creating community.