Several of us gathered in Senegal over Christmas and New years and in to the second week of January. We weren’t all there together all the time but we were all together some of the time…. Scotty and Crystal were there first arriving Christmas day. They had a great reunion with old friends. You may recall that Scotty and Crystal spent a year in Senegal helping Andando with miscellaneous projects. Then on the 30th Lewis and Ruby arrived from Swaziland. They also had previously spent time working for Andando in Senegal. I joined them later that day. Then on the 30th Ken, Mary and Kevin arrived to complete our group.
We worked on a variety of projects while there and also spent a lot of time catching up with old friends. Our first couple of days were spent doing a kids camp for over 60 kids. The kids came and spent the day. Our theme was Christmas, and we played games, read stories, did crafts, watched movies, and ate lots of good food.
Our next few days were spent in the Keur Soce area, visiting several projects, including the construction of a health post in Thiawandou. We are excited about what a huge difference this building will make in the life of this community. More about this soon in its own post. We also visited some new wells, and water projects.
We've recently added a simple rope pump to some of our wells.
Thiawandou Health post
Another part of our trip was spent checking out some micro loans. We are consistently pleased and encouraged by the ingenuity and hard work of our loan recipients.
This woman has a loan to sell a more efficient type of cook stove called a fourneau jambaar
This young man received a loan to open a barber shop. In eight months he has been able to hire two employees, make his loan payments on time, and pay fees to go to medical school. Our micro loans in St Louis are administered by Feluine Fall on the right.
A good trip!