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In May, my (Jessica’s) cousin came to visit us for a week. We had a great time with her and were able to see many of Dakar’s landmarks. We went to visit the Marché HLM which is the largest textile market in Senegal. There were so many different types of beautiful cloth. Naturally, a decent amount of cloth was bought that day.

We also visited Île de Gorée which is a beautiful, peaceful island that has...

A month ago, we had the opportunity to travel to several towns and villages outside of Dakar. We travelled with some of the staff from World Renew as they were showing World Renew’s health consultant the PEVF (Programme d’education de la vie familiale/education of family life program) in the different villages. We spent four days traveling through parts of Senegal we had never seen. It was wonderful to see the countryside and the way people live outside of...

We’ve been having beautiful weather lately. It’s quite cool and “fresh”, as they say here. It’s generally between 18 to 25 degrees, with a lovely breeze. We hear that it starts warming up in May and becomes quite hot in August, so we still have a few months left of this gorgeous weather. It’s also sunny for 11 to 12 hours a day, so we’re enjoying that much more than the few hours of sun that you might get back...

We’ve settled into a routine now. We absolutely love living in Malika; there is always something happening and different people popping in. From NGO groups to mission teams, missionaries to Senegalese people (both from Dakar and from villages outside). It’s always so interesting to meet and talk (in a variety of languages) to other brothers and sisters in Christ that we would not have had the chance of meeting otherwise.
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This marks the start of our 8th week of being here. We have completed our move to Malika and are now travelling by foot or ‘car rapide’ (multi-coloured open-air minibus) to the community Centre in Bene Barak or Yeumbeul. The first and second week of January I spent imputing over 200 participant surveys. These surveys are conducted with each participant before the program begins each year, and then after completion. An analysis of the before and after surveys helps...

Well, we have spent more than six weeks here. We have finished our formal Wolof lessons and will soon move to Malika in order to work in Yeumbeul. We still have much to learn in regards to the language, but we are confident we will use it quite a bit in the suburbs. Closer to downtown, most people prefer speaking French, but in the suburbs, Wolof is the primary language.

We traveled on the bus to Fond de Terre to the...

We would like to wish everyone a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We have now almost finished up a complete month in Senegal. We’re starting to feel that we can find our way around our neighbourhood, know how to buy food, converse with people with a mix of French and Wolof, as well as prepare food that tastes good. We are still focusing on learning Wolof at this point in time. It has been a slow week...

We completed our first full week in Senegal on Sunday. We’ve had a wonderful, busy, and at times, overwhelming week; meeting everyone, learning about the program, and finding our way to different stores. 

We arrived, in Dakar, Senegal, late at night after a flight from Paris. We did not have any issues with our flights, security, baggage, or entering the country, for which we are thankful. Esther, the World Renew program coordinator in Senegal, met us at the airport with her...

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