Mouna Algahaithi

Mouna aims to become a global leader and inspire nations to make changes by globally addressing a broader notion of human rights issues that includes culture, language, religion, and socioeconomic and political issues. She has already lived and studied in several different countries and regions including Oman, Yemen, St. Croix (USVI), Puerto Rico, and Morocco. In one year of high school, Mouna created branches of two student organizations: Amnesty International, which promotes student activism and awareness campaigns, and Muslim Student Association, which raises awareness on Islamic politics and aspects. She loves meeting new people from different cultures and backgrounds, and travelling is one of her favorite things to do. Mouna's goals for the year are to learn a new language, to make a difference in a community, to make lifelong friends, and to accept challenges with the belief that if you set your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.


Rambling Update from the Field

Written on October 22, 2013 I just spent the last 3 hours scrubbing my clothes. Laundry is an extremely tedious task in the rest of the world. Spread across the sand of my backyard were three buckets. The first one was for washing, the second one was for scrubbing with a bar of soap, and…

05 December, 2013

Adunna, dafa graw

Wolof proverb: Adunna, dafa graw. Meaning: Life, it is difficult. “Like the ocean, on some nights, the tides come in soft and slowly, and life is without problems, and all is fine, and a few nights later, huge, dangerous tides roar, and your life has many problems, and all you can do is wonder where…

04 December, 2013

Une Lettre pour Mon Ami

Written on October 2, 2013   Dear Friend,   I know you’ve been asking me for an update, so here it is. The anxiety is deepening. By the end of this week, I’ll be officially moved to my house in Mboro, which is on the coast of northern Senegal, about 2 hours from Dakar. I…

18 November, 2013

With Love, From Dakar

A million and one questions circle through my head, As I sweat amidst the humid heat, lying on my stiff bed. With every answer and solution that is found, One more question or doubt is mindbound. How can I be so lost when I’m so sure I’ve found the right path? How can I be…

18 September, 2013

If My Mind Was a Search Engine

If my mind was a search engine, the most looked up question would be: ” What am I doing?” When I went on my first canoe boat with my older sister, who was just as inexperienced as I was with a canoe, this question appeared. When I decided to take my friends beat-up car with crappy…

13 September, 2013

A New Beginning

My heart was racing. It was 3: 55 pm on June 5th and no matter how many times I refreshed my inbox, there was no news from Global Citizen Year. “Maybe it’s time to accept that I wasn’t accepted,” I thought to myself, 20 seconds before the phone rang with a message that would indeed…

09 July, 2013

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