This week (June 3) at Chez Goshen the meal was made by Alysha, Leah, Erin, Noah, Josh, and Patrick. It included preparing vegetables and fruit, cooking rice, beans, and cookies in a hot kitchen, and improvising to make “Café Touba” (a sweet spiced Senegalese coffee) using an old sock for a filter. We sang together, … Keep reading »
Touba is the center of Muridism, one of the four prominent Islamic brotherhoods in Sénégal. The founder of Muridism, Cheikh Amadou Bamba, lived in the 19th Century. The grand mosque in Touba is a replica of the one in Mecca and is the destination of an annual pilgrimage that, for followers of Bamba, replaces the … Keep reading »
We took a one-day field trip to Gorée Island, located off the coast of Dakar. Gorée played a significant role historically as a trading center and as a strategic military location. It was occupied at different times by Portugese, Dutch, English, and eventually the French . It also was a part of the slave trade … Keep reading »
At the end of our first week we took a 3-day field trip north to Saint-Louis, the capital of Sénégal during the French colonial period. It is located at the mouth of the Sénégal River that separates Sénégal from Mauritania. This significant source of water has a dramatic affect on both the ecology and agriculture … Keep reading »
Students got a basic introduction to Wolof, the language spoken by nearly everyone in Sènègal. Next week we will switch to French for our language classes. French is used by those who have a formal education and for official business. After class students interacted with neighbors and those near the school that we are using.