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In January, we had the opportunity to visit Kédougou (a town and region in South-eastern Senegal) with the World Renew team here. The point of our visit was to complete a workshop on Shalom (peace) in the church and the community with several Bissari pastors. The Bissari are a much smaller ethnic group than the Wolof, and are some of Senegal’s poorest people. We were shocked at the difference between Dakar and Kédougou. Kédougou is so green and has many...

After about two months, five trips to the Nigerian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, and multiple conversations with David Tyokighir from the World Renew Office in Nigeria, I was able to secure a visa - beginning the day the visa was issued. Receiving the visa on Wednesday, the Senegal World Renew staff were able to purchase tickets for that Friday. To say the least, the last week has been very hurried, from getting a visa, to arranging flights, and then arriving...

In 2012, World Renew in Nigeria was awarded the same grant from the Government of Canada as Senegal, and was able to implement an adolescent health program across four stats in Nigeria. Nigeria uses an adaptation of the Senegalese Adolescent Health Program curriculum, as well as a number of other resource materials from other organizations. Since most of my work is almost complete in Senegal, I will traveling to Nigeria and help with the evaluation and as well as...

 

            We hope that all of you have had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and are enjoying time with family and friends. Christmas time is a bit different here in Senegal. Most people celebrate by having a large family dinner on Christmas Eve as well as going to church if they are Christians. Christmas day is just a day off from work that is spent by resting at home. We had an unconventional Christmas and while we...

          Today marks one full year spent in Senegal. It is crazy to think how quickly this year has gone by and that we only have 6 months left in this beautiful country. Right now, I am listening to Christmas music while enjoying the constant sunshine and the 30-degree weather. It does feel a little odd that it will soon be Christmas. Christmas in Senegal is just another one of the many holidays. Most people simply...

Blog Post – Trip to Linguère

Last week, we went to Linguère, which is a 6-hour drive away from Dakar. For more details about Linguère, see our previous blog post when we traveled there the first time: http://volunteerblog.worldrenew.net/current-volunteers/davidandjessica/fatick-linguere

This time, we went with Gidéon, one of the World Renew staff who is able to drive standard as well as translate, to Linguère for...

Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to visit the World Renew team in Mali. We greatly enjoyed experiencing another culture and country. The World Renew team has a health education program that they help facilitate in the churches in Mali. The program is very different from the one in Dakar. We were there to A) see how the program worked there, B) see the material they use for the curriculum, and C) give any...

            A new month has started and we’re into a new program year. This program year will see many alterations due to funding changes and it will be interesting to see those modifications unfold. We’re enjoying life back in our little office and are extremely thankful for two ceiling fans and four large windows. We have given up trying to smell nice as every day and night involves constantly sweating. The only thing that brings...

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...

The weather here is starting to get warmer and be a little more humid in the middle of the day. However, by the late afternoon, it’s already cooling down, thanks to the ocean breeze. We’re almost done reviewing all of the sessions from the curriculum with the committee. We plan on presenting some of the changes and the new page layout/format to an open meeting with other members of PEVF by June 30th. It feels good to have several...

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