20,000 English Books to Reach 30 Senegalese Schools

More than 20,000 English books arrived in Senegal this month from the Books for Africa (BFA) organization. The books will be distributed to 30 schools and universities throughout the Thies, Dakar, St. Louis and Matam regions. This project was made possible by the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, ASDEN, the Nichols Foundation and Peace Corps Senegal. …

PCVs Plant 400 Trees for Kedougou Reforestation Day

Peace Corps Senegal Volunteers and staff worked alongside local partners and residents to plant 400 trees in the city of Kedougou in early July. Thanks to the efforts of the reforestation team, flamboyant trees will soon provide shade to passersby along a 2.5 kilometer stretch of main road and beautify an already wonderful city. Kedougou …

Nutrition Festival Draws 400 in Belel Kelle

Over 400 community members,  including government workers, non-government organizations and Peace Corps Senegal Volunteers in the Podor Region gathered for the first ever Nutrition Festival 14 June 2014 in the small village of Belel Kelle. PCV Mariel Garcia organized the event to promote awareness of nutritious and healthy eating practices in her community. The Festival was the culmination …

SRI Training Reaches 24 Farmers in Thilambol

Peace Corps Senegal Volunteer Dana Roth organized a System of Rice Intensification (SRI) training at the Thilambol Master Farm in northern Senegal 16 June 2014. Twenty four rice farmers from the region attended. The Senegalese government provided tractors to prepare the new fields and irrigation trenches along with water pumps. Seeds and fertilizer will be delivered to the …

Northern Hospitality Welcomes Annual CED Summit

Peace Corps Senegal Community Economic Development (CED) Volunteers got together to talk shop in Ndioum for their annual sector summit 31 May-1 June 2014. CED APCD Amar Sall was joined by 14 CED PCVs and one Urban Agriculture PCV to brave the 45-degree Celsius (113F) heat of the Fouta. PCVs met with a women’s cooperative …

Tawa Fall Master Farm Open Field Day Draws Crowd of 60+

Master Farmer Ibou Diakhate and Peace Corps/Senegal Volunteers Rhianna Taylor and Karen Chaffraix hosted an Open Field Day for more than 60 farmers at Diakhate’s field in Tawa Fall, outside of Thies, 15 May 2014.They showcased seasonal gardening demonstrations, led a health and nutrition discussion and a guided tour of the new chicken coop complete with 200 growing chicks. Great job …

SRI Training Reaches Nearly 200 Farmers

Peace Corps/Senegal and Feed the Future’s System of Rice Intensification (SRI) Training reached nearly 200 farmers in nine communities in Northern and Southern Senegal this month. Volunteers Dylan Nitzkorski and Lukas Olynyk, funded by the Feed the Future Initiative and supported by 20 fellow Volunteers, undertook an intense SRI Training Circuit 7-15 May 2014. The …

Local Innovator Designs Improved Retort for Kedougou Gold Miners

Local environmentalism drives safety innovations for Kedougou’s artisanal gold mining industry. Saliou Kanté, an environmentalist and small-business owner born and bred in Kedougou, has partnered with Peace Corps/Senegal Volunteers to improve gold retorts used by artisanal gold miners in the region. Four generations of Peace Corps/Senegal Volunteers have worked with mining villages in Kedougou. Artisanal …

Podor Children’s Health Fair reaches 1,240 children in four days

Team Podor reached 1,240 children in four days. How did you celebrate World Malaria Month? Children from four villages learned about malaria prevention and transmission, handwashing, nutrition and exercise from six Peace Corps/Senegal Volunteers and 24 host country nationals, women’s groups, relays and teachers at the Podor Regional Children’s Health Fair 8-11 April 2014.The Podor Work Zone’s …

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