Helping Forgotten Children and Women in Senegal: A Rotary Global Grant to Stimulate Vocational Training

Margaret Higgins, BA, MComm, MBA, PhD
Margaret has dedicated her professional life to the improvement of women’s and children’s lives.

Born a coal miner’s daughter in the north of England, Margaret recognized early in life that, although she did not know where she wanted to end up, she knew where she didn’t want to be! And so began her journey, using education as the vehicle for mobility. Teaching and studying has allowed her to live in multiple countries, including a period in Morocco. Margaret holds a Bachelor of Arts, a graduate degree in information sciences, a Masters degree in Commerce, an MBA, and a PhD.

Margaret has served on the Pima County-City of Tucson Women’s Commission; the Pima County-City of Tucson Commission on Addiction, Prevention and Treatment; the Board of Directors of COPE Community Services; and the Board of Directors of the Pima Library Foundation. She is the immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Tucson. Margaret is proud to report that her Rotary club has raised millions of dollars for charitable causes.

Elijah Ndoye
Elijah was born and raised in Senegal, West Africa. He relocated to the United States in 1995. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a degree in Operations Management. Elijah has served as a volunteer at Casas De Los Ninos, a not-for-profit shelter for children in abusive households. He also volunteered at Big Brothers and Sisters. He is very active in his community and is a past chairman of the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce as Past Chairman. In 2010, Elijah created The Forgotten Children, a non-profit geared towards helping the street children in Senegal achieve self-sufficiency. Elijah has more than 20 years of banking experience in the local Tucson area. He is a University of Arizona Alumni and a Wildcat through and through.