Photo from Bard College Newsletter
Julia is the daughter of Brian and
Heather McCarron Tinneny of Chalfont,
Pennsylvania and a member of the 2018
class at Bard College,
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York where she
is majoring in global and international
studies. In May 2016 she was awarded a
prestigious Davis Projects for Peace
Prize. Her project, called Jappal
translates to Hold On.
The $10,000 prize will support a
two-year course that focuses on
education and skill building for poor
women living in the rural community of
Sandiara in Senegal, Africa. The Summer
of 2016, Julia will continue her work in
Senegal promoting the economic
empowerment for women by further
implementing training programs for them
in tailoring, artisan skills, and the
production of sellable goods.
Developing economic independence is
expected to help them break the cycle of
poverty leading to domestic servitude or
marriage far from their home village.
The Projects for Peace Prize was
created by Kathryn W. Davis, a lifelong
internationalist and philanthropist.
No stranger to Senegal, Julia spent
August 2013 - April 2014 with the Ndiaye
family in Sandiara. She and her family
raised money to purchase sewing
machines, furnishings and equipment for
a sewing class project for unskilled
teenagers and young women in the area.
She also learned to speak Wolof the
predominant African language in Senegal.
She spent the summer of 2015 in Sandiara formalizing
the sewing program, hireing teachers,
writeing curriculum and recruiting
Julia is the
great-great-great granddaughter of
of Goladuff, Newtownbutler, County
Fermanagh, Northern Ireland; Greenock,
Scotland and Philadelphia.