Sayydah Garrett was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Since childhood she has seen her parents set the good example of helping less fortunate people in their community. This instilled the lifelong passion Sayydah has for helping others, whether it’s watching over elderly neighbors in her town, contributing to her favorite charities or doing community service. Her personal mission statement is, “Tell me what you want and I’ll help you get it.”
While on safari in Kenya in August, 2012 Sayydah visited Namayiana Village in Samburu County and learned about harmful centuries-old practices from a Samburu warrior (PCF’s Co-founder) who is fighting for girls’ rights to education. Sayydah promised to help and Pastoralist Child Foundation was founded on the very day of her visit to the village.
Sayydah is fluent in English, French and Russian, and speaks conversational Spanish. She’s Ukrainian and African-American (with Jamaican, Irish and Cherokee). Sayydah enjoys learning languages and meeting people from all over the world, especially when they share food with her! She has traveled to 25 countries and has friends around the world.
Sayydah is a certified ESL (English as a Second Language) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) instructor and continues to teach part-time. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Russian Language & Literature from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Sayydah lives in New Jersey with her husband, award winning saxophonist and composer, Kenny Garrett. Their daughter, Halima, is a food and nutrition specialist.