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*W*
Jul 10th, 2008, 04:34 PM
:worship:

"I thought to myself as I toured Africa “what could I do?” Then I thought to myself I have finally found my calling, I finally found my love. I love education, I love helping people, and I love seeing people succeed. I want this world to be a better place for tomorrow. Therefore, I am building a school in Senegal that will allow kids to attend school for free. This school will be controlled through my foundation. These kids will have a chance to be the best that they can be and more. What is most important is that these kids will have a chance. That is what matters the most."

Serenita
Jul 10th, 2008, 05:34 PM
Nice serena

ce
Jul 10th, 2008, 05:54 PM
:yeah:
admire :yeah:

drake3781
Jul 10th, 2008, 06:01 PM
:worship:

"I thought to myself as I toured Africa “what could I do?” Then I thought to myself I have finally found my calling, I finally found my love. I love education, I love helping people, and I love seeing people succeed. I want this world to be a better place for tomorrow. Therefore, I am building a school in Senegal that will allow kids to attend school for free. This school will be controlled through my foundation. These kids will have a chance to be the best that they can be and more. What is most important is that these kids will have a chance. That is what matters the most."

Link please, along with date of the quotes.

Information on "Serena Foundation" also please.

I'd also like to know more about education in general in Senegal, but I'll research that myself.

Yes, as far as I can tell, it's nice to hear of a donation being made by a wealthy woman, to improve the lives of others. Let's watch it actually happen, now. Any news on status? (Has it progressed beyond talk? She says she "is building" - does that mean plans to build, or the building is actually underway?) Also what is actually being donated, and how much? - funds for a building, funds for ongoing operations, management of the school, and/or other.

I hope this succeeds, and that other players are inspired to do well with their fortunes.

Destiny
Jul 10th, 2008, 06:10 PM
When was this??

Great she's doing something wish she came to Nigeria :)

geoepee
Jul 10th, 2008, 06:18 PM
This is amazing news! I have very proud of Serena and I hope that there won't be any issues or problems. Is this school for boys and girls?

geoepee
Jul 10th, 2008, 06:19 PM
I made this pic in the Serena? thread a while ago...

http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/1166/serenawinfreyfp0.jpg
i am a prophet! :speakles:

nhissan
Jul 10th, 2008, 06:20 PM
ols news

QUEENLINDSAY
Jul 10th, 2008, 08:03 PM
Guys, as much as i dont want to rain on your parade, I'm not gonna jump in and say how nice of Serena. Its not a bad thing to do but for well paid celebrities like her, This is actually the best thing to do.
1. To avoid taxes
2. To be more famous.
This is not like out of her own pocket, rather this is chosing between giving it to government or putting up a foundation instead. Most celebrities does it.

Marshmallow
Jul 10th, 2008, 09:32 PM
ols news

It's the first I've heard of this and am pleased that Serena is in some way involved with something like this. Free education (assuming it's in a poor region) in Senegal or any subsaharan African country can only be a positive. I hope this project manifests and is successful.

Serenidad.
Jul 10th, 2008, 09:35 PM
I made this pic in the Serena? thread a while ago...

http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/1166/serenawinfreyfp0.jpg
i am a prophet! :speakles:

:hearts: Serena Jameka Monroe-Turner-Winfrey.

Slutiana
Jul 10th, 2008, 09:37 PM
:hearts: Serena Jameka Monroe-Turner-Winfrey.
Well that was funny.

Bartosh
Jul 10th, 2008, 09:45 PM
:hearts: Serena Jameka Monroe-Turner-Winfrey.

:lol::lol: :yeah:

@Sweet Cleopatra
Jul 10th, 2008, 09:49 PM
very very good

tenn_ace
Jul 10th, 2008, 10:20 PM
Good for Serena :D

Bounty Hunter
Jul 10th, 2008, 10:24 PM
Good to hear. Need to check out her website for more info.

friendsita
Jul 10th, 2008, 10:26 PM
Good for those kids!

xan
Jul 10th, 2008, 11:37 PM
Why Senegal?

The education system is French. Serena won't be able to have much involvement.

supergrunt
Jul 10th, 2008, 11:50 PM
Why Senegal?

The education system is French. Serena won't be able to have much involvement.

Because she went to Senegal two years ago. Serena lives in Paris :angel: .

calabar
Jul 11th, 2008, 12:17 AM
Guys, as much as i dont want to rain on your parade, I'm not gonna jump in and say how nice of Serena. Its not a bad thing to do but for well paid celebrities like her, This is actually the best thing to do.
1. To avoid taxes
2. To be more famous.
This is not like out of her own pocket, rather this is chosing between giving it to government or putting up a foundation instead. Most celebrities does it.
So, you don't want to rain on one's parade so you choose to look at the glass as half empty instead?

starin
Jul 11th, 2008, 12:42 AM
:worship: Serena.

supergrunt
Jul 11th, 2008, 12:49 AM
Everyone with money should start a school- not being sarcastic.

Pureracket
Jul 11th, 2008, 12:58 AM
Guys, as much as i dont want to rain on your parade, I'm not gonna jump in and say how nice of Serena. Its not a bad thing to do but for well paid celebrities like her, This is actually the best thing to do.
1. To avoid taxes
2. To be more famous.
This is not like out of her own pocket, rather this is chosing between giving it to government or putting up a foundation instead. Most celebrities does it.Don't worry. Even if you were trying to rain on it, you couldn't because:

1. Though you say it's the best thing for you to do, many celebs still don't do it, and we don't mind "feel good" stories.

2. Some celebrities like to do it in order to be more famous. You're probably right. I think I'm also correct in suggesting that some celebrities like to do it from the goodness of their hearts. At any rate, people will still benefit.

You obviously have an idea about how her finances are dispersed when you say, "This is not like out of her own pocket,....". Admit it, you don't really know where the money is coming from do you? You don't really know how the money is getting raised do you?

Optima
Jul 11th, 2008, 01:16 AM
Serena :worship:

Great person :yeah:

QUEENLINDSAY
Jul 11th, 2008, 04:36 AM
Don't worry. Even if you were trying to rain on it, you couldn't because:

1. Though you say it's the best thing for you to do, many celebs still don't do it, and we don't mind "feel good" stories.

2. Some celebrities like to do it in order to be more famous. You're probably right. I think I'm also correct in suggesting that some celebrities like to do it from the goodness of their hearts. At any rate, people will still benefit.

You obviously have an idea about how her finances are dispersed when you say, "This is not like out of her own pocket,....". Admit it, you don't really know where the money is coming from do you? You don't really know how the money is getting raised do you?

First and foremost, I didn't say what she is doing is bad. My only point is, I'm not gonna jump in and hail saint Serena as I know this things are being done mainly for they own benefits.
TAXES!!!!!

debopero
Jul 11th, 2008, 04:37 AM
First and foremost, I didn't say what she is doing is bad. My only point is, I'm not gonna jump in and hail saint Serena as I know this things are being done mainly for they own benefits.
TAXES!!!!!

Why are you assuming that she has an ulterior motive for opening the school?

Apoleb
Jul 11th, 2008, 04:45 AM
This is not like out of her own pocket, rather this is chosing between giving it to government or putting up a foundation instead.

Uh? The money would still be going away. As I'm understanding, you're saying that she choses to give the money for charity rather than paying taxes. She's still losing the same amount. We're talking here about a school. A huge project.

Anyways, well done Serena. :yeah: She will be making a difference in many people's lives.

Apoleb
Jul 11th, 2008, 04:52 AM
Some facts on Senegal.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senegal

Senegal is 95% Islam.

Senegal's per capita GDP is $1,759, ranked 149th in the world.

What the fuck?

Are you this Islamophobic to believe poor Muslims don't deserve a school? :( Disgusting. (and I know your post history here)

Mana
Jul 11th, 2008, 09:05 AM
Resepct :worship:

tennnisfannn
Jul 11th, 2008, 11:55 AM
Guys, as much as i dont want to rain on your parade, I'm not gonna jump in and say how nice of Serena. Its not a bad thing to do but for well paid celebrities like her, This is actually the best thing to do.
1. To avoid taxes
2. To be more famous.
This is not like out of her own pocket, rather this is chosing between giving it to government or putting up a foundation instead. Most celebrities does it.
to be more famous you say:lol: What makes headlines, building a school in senegal or winning a slam. The only thing that will make serena more famous is another catsuit. You do realise building a school in some third world countries costs less than a win in some tournies. You know she could buy another apartment, diamonds or whatever but she chooses to help another human being. Good for you serena.

hotandspicey
Jul 11th, 2008, 12:50 PM
Significant project by Serena. I'm sure it will be successful and rewarding. Go Rena. :hatoff:

mykarma
Jul 11th, 2008, 01:20 PM
This is so exciting and hope she begins construction soon. I'm going to Africa in 2010 for a month with my friend from the Ivory Coast. We plan on staying with her family for about a week then travel to a lot of the less expensive countries so I can shop till I drop.

Senegal was already on my list of countries to visit because I'm visiting the countries that still have tours of the slave trade. A couple of people that have been there said that you can actually hear the moans and crying of my ancestors in some of the dungeons. They said that it was an experience that they'll never forget. If Serena's school is completed by then, I'll definitely be visiting it if only seeing it from the outside.

QUEENLINDSAY
Jul 11th, 2008, 03:41 PM
to be more famous you say:lol: What makes headlines, building a school in senegal or winning a slam. The only thing that will make serena more famous is another catsuit. You do realise building a school in some third world countries costs less than a win in some tournies. You know she could buy another apartment, diamonds or whatever but she chooses to help another human being. Good for you serena.
Buying diamonds are not TAX deductible while supporting a charity is.
Know what? I just said I wont hail her like a mother Theresa for putting up this foundation.
Serena is making millions a year and her income bracket is soaring high, thus her tax bracket also goes high. Now what would your accountant suggest the best thing to do?
PUT UP A FOUNDATION!

kwilliams
Jul 11th, 2008, 03:43 PM
I love the Senegal! Go Serena! It's nice to see West Africa finally getting some support too!

hankqq
Jul 11th, 2008, 04:13 PM
Regardless of what some critics think, this project is still a great thing for Serena to do, and it could have positive long lasting effects on the children who go to this school. Well done, Serena.

BTW, how many other tennis players are doing this? I don't think it's that common.

I know Agassi has a school in Las Vegas, Henin has a tennis academy in Belgium, Chris Evert has one in Florida-maybe I'm forgetting some others, but there aren't that many other players...

I have a friend from Senegal, and while she said that the country is steadily improving from the 1990's, there are still many problems, and a school such as this can only help, not hurt.

drake3781
Jul 11th, 2008, 04:17 PM
.............

I have a friend from Senegal, and while she said that the country is steadily improving from the 1990's, there are still many problems, and a school such as this can only help, not hurt.

Can you ask your friend for information on this? Where will it be built and when? Any local news information on this would be appreciated. I cannot find a single piece of information about the foundation, or the school, other than what Serena wrote in her website.

hankqq
Jul 11th, 2008, 04:28 PM
Can you ask your friend for information on this? Where will it be built and when? Any local news information on this would be appreciated. I cannot find a single piece of information about the foundation, or the school, other than what Serena wrote in her website.


I don't see her very often, and she doesn't live in Senegal at this time. I think at this point, the school is still in the planning stages. It takes a while to build these things, so it probably won't be completed for a few years.

StephenUK
Jul 11th, 2008, 04:34 PM
Good for Serena! Are there links to this on her website?

Doc
Jul 11th, 2008, 04:44 PM
A school is a big project. I'm a bit worried about this if it's being done without a LOT of commitment. You don't just set up a school. It has to be funded, maintained, rules made, teachers employed, children safeguarded etc.

Especially being in a different language community, and an unfamiliar education system, how is Serena going to know what the problems are and be able to oversee things.

drake3781
Jul 11th, 2008, 04:49 PM
I don't see her very often, and she doesn't live in Senegal at this time. I think at this point, the school is still in the planning stages. It takes a while to build these things, so it probably won't be completed for a few years.


I would like to know as much about it as possible, and follow along. I don't think Serena would have/should have made a big announcement about something if it were just an idea or a plan; really it is smarter to wait until there is some substance behind it. And people shouldn't worship her for coming up with an idea. Hopefully there is more to it than that. Otherwise, let's hold off on worship and get some information and follow its status. Is there ANY information other than what Serena wrote, on this project or her foundation? ANYTHING?!?

iPatty
Jul 11th, 2008, 04:56 PM
That is a great initiative taken by Serena, really nice information. :yeah:

winone23
Jul 11th, 2008, 04:57 PM
Well done Serena

FORZA SARITA
Jul 11th, 2008, 04:59 PM
wow very nice from her:worship:

Pureracket
Jul 11th, 2008, 05:06 PM
I don't see her very often, and she doesn't live in Senegal at this time. I think at this point, the school is still in the planning stages. It takes a while to build these things, so it probably won't be completed for a few years.Let drake continue to look. She's simply trying to find an angle to disparage Serena anyway.

hacberto
Jul 11th, 2008, 06:02 PM
That's so nice from her!!
Keep it going Serena

drake3781
Jul 11th, 2008, 07:02 PM
Let drake continue to look. She's simply trying to find an angle to disparage Serena anyway.

No, I'm not! I'm trying to find an angle to worship her regarding this school project!! I can't worship based on writing some paragraphs (as many of you can, apparently :tape: ). I really want to worhsip her for this. Give me something, any information other than her writing, please!

debopero
Jul 11th, 2008, 07:10 PM
No, I'm not! I'm trying to find an angle to worship her regarding this school project!! I can't worship based on writing some paragraphs (as many of you can, apparently :tape: ). I really want to worhsip her for this. Give me something, any information other than her writing, please!

Why would she say something like this and not go through with it?

sabandborg
Jul 11th, 2008, 07:11 PM
Let drake continue to look. She's simply trying to find an angle to disparage Serena anyway.

Ding, ding, ding ---> we've a winner!

danieln1
Jul 12th, 2008, 01:00 AM
Serena good for them!

supergrunt
Jul 12th, 2008, 04:13 PM
The tax thing is stupid. Does that person realize that Serena is going to have to pour millions into the school? It's not like she's benefitting from it financially. it's not an investment.