By Jenny Cordle. In African Sky’s first ever podcast episode, Founder and Executive Director Scott Lacy shares his experiences of living and working in Mali that eventually led to his life’s work as an anthropologist and cross-cultural knowledge broker.
The in-depth interview, hosted by Community Arts Program Director Adam Klein, takes us on Scott’s journey that began with him as a fish out of water in Dissan, Mali, while working as a Peace Corps volunteer. Scott spent months in Dissan as an agricultural extension agent studying the rhythm of life and work in the fields before contributing to the community.
Rheumatic fever cut his Peace Corps service short, but his passion for Mali–its culture and generous communities despite endemic poverty– never left him. It is this passion that still infuses the work of African Sky, the nonprofit he and his Ohio family founded over a decade ago.
During the podcast, Scott talks about laying the foundation for African Sky during his Peace Corps service, and how his family and a small community in Ohio raised enough money to build a primary school in Dissan.
Find out how Scott managed to return to Dissan and the nature of African Sky’s work within communities throughout Mali in this first podcast episode.
Future podcast episodes will feature interviews and discussions on Malian culture, arts, music, and updates on development initiatives.