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 …

Kaffrine Master Farm Hosts Nutrition & Agriculture Training

The Katakel Master Farm hosted a garden and nutrition training 28 April 2014. Volunteers in the Kaffrine region invited women and children from the surrounding communities to participate. The day began with a lesson on food groups, led by Peace Corps/Senegal Health Volunteers. The children then ran a relay, taking turns carrying bowls of food on their …

Matam Girls’ Camp 2014

Matam region celebrated its third annual Girls’ Camp 27-31 March 2014 in Ogo. Eleven volunteers and 34 campers from nine different villages across the Matam region came to have fun and build life skills for their futures. In sessions the girls danced, played finance games, drew pictures of their futures, discussed mentorship, played football, talked …

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