OBARAR Dorm lodgings
GREAT news from Kedougou, Senegal is that the Neighbor-Ape/OBARAR dormitory will be complete by April! I visited Senegal in late December/early January and was able to visit the dormitory site and get all the updates!
While the dormitory might look pretty basic, it does in fact provide more amenities than most rural Senegalese people in the region are used to. I was able to observe workers finishing the sewer system as well as begining the construction of the showers. There are already living quarters for boys and girls, and the well has been functional for some time. The quarters for the dorm chaperones are also built, and going up now is a guest house for visiting parents. After the necessities have been built, a small dispensary will also be built. The entire dorm will be surrounded by a stone and bamboo fence, and there will also be a shade shelter for sitting outside.
The students will move into the dormitory before school is let out this year! We are currently renting lodging in Kedougou, but we anticipate that the students will be able to move in within the next few weeks!
The dormitory is really an amazing opportunity to bring education to young Senegalese who would not be able to get access to the quality of education they can get in town - or even at all - before this project was realized. This is the biggest project that Neighbor Ape has tackled to date, and it would not have been possible without the kindness of donors!
Lots of bricks!
OBARAR dorm quarters for chaperones
OBARAR directors (Leon & Dondo) show me around
OBARAR dormitory, Kedougou, Senegal
Kaly Camara and assistant working hard!