Chemistry Alumna Founds Nonprofit

Alumna founds nonprofit to stop the deadly disease in Sierra Leone

By KERRY M. KING (’85) Wake Forest Magazine
Shahedah Fornah ('12), at right, and her cousin, Zainab Kamarah, co-founded Pearls of Wata.

Shahedah Fornah (’12), at right, and her cousin, Zainab Kamarah, co-founded Pearls of Wata.

Shahedah Fornah (’12) is president and co-founder of Pearls of Wata, a nonprofit that raises funds and collects supplies — everything from surgical gowns and bleach to a “burial team package” — to fight the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. Fornah and her cousin, Zainab Kamarah, co-founded Mami Wata (Mother Water) to develop clean water and energy sources in Sierra Leone. Now they’re focusing on the Ebola outbreak and have renamed their nonprofit Pearls of Wata. Fornah lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.Read More in the Wake Forest Magazine

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