Great news from Kedougou, Senegal is that we are very close to completing the dormitory project that Neighbor Ape is helping fund in conjunction with the Bedik organization OBARAR. In addition to helping fund the dormitory - which also includes fencing the compound, building a kitchen and dining hall, building latrines, a well and housing for the house mother and house father - we are helping provide access to healthcare for Bedik children living in the dorm.
Bedik children living in rural areas are being given the opportunity to attend better schools in the regional town of Kedougou through the establishment of the OBARAR dormitory. Neighbor Ape has also been able to provide assistance to these schoolchildren via our healthcare project. We currently provide up to 75% of the costs of medical care for children whose parents are unable to assist them or in emergency cases where immediate care is necessary. We also hope to help fund the construction of a small dispensary within the dormitory's compound.
The very generous donations of Dr. Harold Marder and Dr. Jewel Slesnick have made the dormitory project possible. Above is a photo of the dormitory site, and you can find a brief video clip of the dormitory site and the various buildings that have so far been constructed there. In the video you can also see women pulling water from the dormitory well.
Everyone involved with Neighbor Ape and OBARAR is thrilled to see the project completed in time for the new schoolyear begin in October - look for photos and updates coming soon!
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