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July 20, 2014

Grace, Justine, and Naomi have been spending their service in Pire Goureye, one of the new GC service sites this year. Pire Goureye is a village located approximately 40 kilometers north of Thiès, just outside the town of Tivaoune. Grace and Naomi are living with host families from the Pular ethnicity and Justine is staying on the other side of the village with a family that speaks Wolof. Our connection to the town came through a Brazilian missionary, Nalu, who has been working in the village for close to 8 years. The SSTers’ official placement is working with Nalu to…

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July 19, 2014

Micah is our lone representative in the capital city, Dakar. Dakar is a busy metropolis with over one million inhabitants and Micah has had to learn to navigate bus routes and busy streets to make it to his morning service location at the Pouponniere Des Soeurs Franciscaines Missionaires De Marie, an orphanage. In the mornings Micah has been caring for infants, holding them, feeding them, and getting “mobbed” (his words) by them in the large playroom. You can check out some images from the playroom here and here. Micah usually heads to his grandmother’s house for lunch and spends a…

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July 18, 2014

We spent a week visiting students in the south central peanut basin, a hot, sandy region that has felt the powerful strains of intensive peanut production for export since the time of colonialism. This is a rural area and with the coming of the first few rains the countryside is dotted with farmers and horses at work in the fields. The Serer ethnicity dominates in this area and most of our students are living with Serer families. Hannah and Jake have been living in the Baay Fall darah at Ndem (described in the last post). A darah is both a…

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July 18, 2014

During Study we spent several weeks exploring development and social change. As part of this focus we visited two social change projects, the Beer-Sheba Project and the ONG des Villageois de Ndem. The Beer-Sheba Project is a Christian based initiative that combines a sustainable agro-forestry program together with holistic training and an agricultural resource center for young Senegalese farmers. The project is based in a 100 hectare plot of land that has been managed as part of a natural regeneration and reforestation strategy. The satellite image below gives a sense of some of their success. Working in and around the…

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July 17, 2014

Micah is our lone representative in the capital city, Dakar. Dakar is a busy metropolis with over one million inhabitants and Micah has had to learn to navigate bus routes and busy streets to make it to his morning service location at the Pouponniere Des Soeurs Franciscaines Missionaires De Marie, an orphanage. In the mornings Micah has been caring for infants, holding them, feeding them, and getting “mobbed” (his words) by them in the large playroom. You can check out some images from the playroom here and here. Micah usually heads to his grandmother’s house for lunch and spends a good bit of the…

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July 13, 2014

One of our primary partners in Senegal is the Evangelical Baptist Church. During Study Term approximately half of our students are hosted by members of the church and our indispensable local coordinator Christine Yanon and her family, David and Nathan, are members as well. Along with attending services and living with members of this church community, we participated in a variety of extracurricular activities including a children’s concert and a soccer game. For the concert SSTers bought cloth, had choir uniforms tailored, and sang five or six songs as part of a larger event for local kids. You can see…

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July 11, 2014

A visit north took us to the service sites for Ally and Theodore in St. Louis and Katrina and Dominique in Ndonba, a village near Richard Toll. Ally and Theodore have been spending time at Yoonu Njub a socio-cultural mission outreach center of the evangelical church. The center provides a host of services from computer literacy classes to cooking and tailoring for women and girls in the community. Ally’s host parents, Feluine and Malick Fall are the directors of the center and Ally has been participating in classes there and has learned to crochet. The center is also home to…

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July 8, 2014

During study term, we spent one morning at a daara in Thiès. Daaras are Koranic schools and have become a widespread part of community life since the arrival of Islam in the country. Originally part of village life, parents would send children, typically boys, to work in fields around the daaras in exchange for education. The practice continues today in large urban centers like Dakar and Thiès. Parents send children to a daara to receive an education. This education is guided by a teacher known as a marabout. While not all of the children live at the daara, many do…

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July 5, 2014

Our first service visit this summer was to Grand Mbao where Ben and Christina are living for service term. Grand Mbao has become something of a suburb of Dakar. A one time fishing village, it is nestled on the coast just east of the capital city. Narrow sandy streets connect neighborhoods of long time residents and many of the people we met noted that the town is more like a village than an extension of Dakar. Both Ben and Christina are formally doing service at the local public school, Elhadj Babacar Cissé. While school is now out of session in…

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June 19, 2014

Service !!!

Over the weekend and into the early days of this week students departed for service. Alex and Erin stayed in Thiès where they are serving at the Bartime Hospital, a project funded by Mission Inter-Senegal (MISE). Micah left for Dakar where he is serving at an orphanage caring for 40 infants and hanging out at the Centre Culturele Blaise Senghor. Ben and Christina left for Grand Mboa where they are working with an after school program. Ally and Theo traveled to St. Louis where they are working in a center for young women teaching English and computer science. Dominique and…

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