We’ve now entered the beginning of the rainy season (also known as the hot season). There has not been much rain, which makes the humidity worse. Technically, it’s not really that hot, temperature wise, but it’s so humid that you constantly sweat or feel sticky. We’re told, “just wait! There will be moments when all you want to do is lie on the tile floors”. But apparently that comes in late September and October. But it’s really not that bad when you compare the temperatures in Dakar to the rest of West Africa, and when you have fans going. We’ve become very thankful for the pool on the property, as well as cool-ish water that comes out of the taps. It does make us feel better though when the Senegalese people around us say, “Tey, dafay tang”, meaning, Today, it is hot!”
This month (August), the centre where we work is shut down. The government of Senegal requires every employer to give their employees one month off each year, which does not include all of the holidays. Some employers just give one week here and there off, but the centre just takes all of August off. So we are working from home which is a nice change of pace. It is nice to skip out on taking public transit during one of the months of the hot season. In September, when the centre is open again, it will be the start of a new “year” for PEVF (Family Life Education Program). We are hoping that we will have the curriculum completely revamped with the changes that the curriculum committee had discussed. September to November will involve going through the revamped curriculum with the supervisors and community coordinators, as well as training the educators. Then from December to June, the educators will teach the adolescent groups and we will be there to help retune some of the changes (if necessary), as well as help support continual training on the new material. It has been incredible seeing the end of a program year with all of the graduation ceremonies and community action events, and hearing about how the program has and is continuing to change not only the participants, but also their families and communities. We are so thankful to be part of a program that is really changing the lives of girls in Senegal, and elsewhere in the world as other countries have started using the curriculum.