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Build a School in Senegal!

by The Andando Foundation
Build a School in Senegal!
Build a School in Senegal!
Build a School in Senegal!
Build a School in Senegal!
Build a School in Senegal!
Build a School in Senegal!
Build a School in Senegal!
Build a School in Senegal!
Build a School in Senegal!
Build a School in Senegal!
Build a School in Senegal!
Build a School in Senegal!
Build a School in Senegal!
Build a School in Senegal!
Build a School in Senegal!
Build a School in Senegal!
Saluting the Flag on the First Day of School
Saluting the Flag on the First Day of School

Once again, we are deeply appreciative of your partnership with us in building Mbouma Junior High School in Mbouma, Senegal. We could not have done it without you!

As we previously updated, the school is now finished and the happy students are filling the classrooms. This has not only made a huge impact on the day-to-day operations of the school, but has also made a dramatic impact on the health, pride, and outlook for the school and the community as a whole. This a significant milestone for the community and will serve as a building block for future success. See more pictures and progress on our website.

While we have completed the current phase of building at Mbouma Junior High, there is still much work to be done throughout the rural areas of Mbouma and Keur Soce, the primary location for all the work Andando is doing.

We ask that you continue to partner with us and consider a commitment to contributing the long-term overall health of this community. Setting up a recurring donation with Andando is very simple and will only take a few minutes. Just visit our website to set up your safe and secure donation to our efforts. Your investment in these programs will be felt for generations to come.

Thank you for your partnership and we look forward to all we can do together in the future.

Riasing the Flag
Riasing the Flag

March 19, 2015 was a very important day for the town of Mbouma, Senegal, and a very important day for Andando as well. The town of Mbouma officially opened the brand new Mbouma Junior High School and it is now open and filled with happy students!

By partnering with local builders, school administrators, parents, happy students – and all our donors around the world!!! – we are very proud to be a part of this milestone for this rural farming town in southern Senegal. Starting last summer, we asked many of you to join us in building this landmark structure for this community in need, and you responded.

Working hard over the last 8 months, we walked together with the people in Mbouma in creating a safe and healthy learning environment that will be the home to future generations. They previously met in harsh conditions, which prompted some parents to pull their children from school thinking it was just not worth it. Now they have a place they can be proud of and a foundation to use as a building block for future successes.

The town marked the occasion with a big ceremony where everyone was invited. The village chief, the principal, the teachers, parents, and students were all there, as well as some regional dignitaries representing various government ministries. As is the case in Senegal, everyone makes a speech and the event is marked with much fanfare.

They concluded by the first official raising of the Senegalese flag – an important symbol for each school – the singing of the national anthem, and some refreshments for everyone.We were excited to be able to a part of this and we hope you will share in that excitement with us. This is also the first school construction project that Andando has done, and we hope it is just the first of many more to come! Thank you again for helping make this a reality!

Presentation of Certificate of Thanks
Presentation of Certificate of Thanks
The Finished Schoolhouse
The Finished Schoolhouse
The Principal Expressing his Gratitude
The Principal Expressing his Gratitude
The Community Gathering and Celebration
The Community Gathering and Celebration

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Nearing Completion
Nearing Completion

Dear Friends-

We are so excited to be nearing the completion of the two-room schoolhouse in Mbouma, Senegal that you helped make a reality! In just a few short months, this space has gone from a barren field to a source of pride in the community representing a renewed hope for a better future. 

Previously, the students were meeting in makeshift classrooms that are detrimental to the health of the students and regularly burn to the ground. The construction of this school will facilitate the education of generations of students to come and ensure a healthy and safe learning environment.

After signing agreements with the school and the community, we worked hand in hand to gather materials and get water to the site. We worked hard to identify qaulity craftsmen that would work with community members to collectively build this school. 

After months of hard work in difficult conditions, we are now approaching the finished product and we could not be happier. The administration is there daily to check on progress and provide insight, members of the PTA are there everyday contributing volunteer labor, and enthusiastic students stop by often to see their new school. 

Using locally-sourced materials and Senegalese building techniques, we sought to create a structure in line with community expectations on top of quality that can last for decades. The finished building - while simple and humble - is a landmark achievement in this rural community that represents a true step forward. 

Thank you again for your investment in the future of the people of Mbouma, Senegal and the real change that is taking place there. Keep your eyes peeled for future updates as we near completion of the school, and spread the word about the good that is happening that you helped create!

Checking on the work
Checking on the work
Excited Kids from the Community
Excited Kids from the Community
The Previous "Structures"
The Previous "Structures"
A Student Checking on the Progress
A Student Checking on the Progress
Almost Ready to Move In!
Almost Ready to Move In!
Current Makeshift Classrooms with Eager Students
Current Makeshift Classrooms with Eager Students

Dear Friends-

We are excited to see so much progress in just a few short months! Over the summer months, you helped make this school a reality for hundreds of kids in rural Senegal. We were excited by the response we received from people from all over and are well on our way to reaching our goal of $12,000.

Previously, the students were meeeting in makeshift classrooms that are detrimental to the health of the students and regularly burn to the ground. The construction of this school will facilitate the education of generations of students to come and ensure a healthy and safe learning environment. 

In just the last few months, we have signed an agreement with the school and the community to provide the materials they have access to - specifically water and sand for construction the blocks that will form the walls. Community members gathered and filtered sand to be used in the construction process and the school pulled together to lay water piping from a nearby well. 

Construction began about two months ago and the walls are now going up! We have a great team of builders working with community members who volunteer time to help with the project and they are making progress everyday. The school is excited about all these new developments and are eager to move into the new space as soon as possible. 

Thank you again for your investment in the future of the people of Mbouma, Senegal and the real change that is taking place there. Keep you eyes peeled for future updates as we near completion of the school, and spread the word about the good that is happening that you helped create!

The Community
The Community's Contribution of Sand
Construction Begins!
Construction Begins!
The Walls Going Up
The Walls Going Up
The Walls Going Up
The Walls Going Up
200m Trench for Water Dug by Community
200m Trench for Water Dug by Community

Dear Friends

We are excited to be breaking ground on the junior high school in Mbouma, Senegal next month! Over the summer months, you have helped make this school a reality for hundreds of kids in rural Senegal. We were excited by the response we received from people from all over and are well on our way to reaching our goal of $12,000.

We have recently met with the community leaders of Mbouma to secure proper supplies and materials to begin construction. They are excited to be a big part of the process and have committed to supplying anything they can. While not having much to give, we have asked the community to provide sand for the mixing of concrete and water for many steps throughout the process. They will also be contributing a great deal in the form of labor. We have committed to paying a mason who will work alongside the volunteers to guide them and ensure a quality job is done.

We believe that steps like this are crucial to the health of a project – getting people involved and participating. Not only does this reduce costs allowing your dollars to go further, but it also creates ownership among the community, resulting in a lasting solution that will endure. We do not want to build solutions that just patch over a problem, but rather create a sustainable answer that allows the community to flourish for many years. This school will help to educate generations of students in this area and we are hopeful that can bring real change.

We anticipate construction taking several months and will be keeping you up on the progress. The school (currently meeting wherever they can find room) is ready to move in whenever it is finished and make it their home!

Site of the School
Site of the School

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The Andando Foundation

Location: Jefferson, Oregon - USA
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The Andando Foundation
Lewis Kiker
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Lewis Kiker
Assistant Director
Jefferson, Oregon United States

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