Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa

by Association la Voute Nubienne (AVN)
Aug 6, 2013

AVN now established in Senegal

Khady Ly, Ndiame Fall & Fanny Dupuis
Khady Ly, Ndiame Fall & Fanny Dupuis

A permanent AVN team now established

Following the successful completion of a technical training center by NV masons in the region of Matam, a permanent AVN team has now been established in Senegal: in April, Khady Ly, Fanny Dupuis and Ndiame Fall set up office in the town of Thiès. Khady Ly, from Thiès, has been involved as a part-time 'ambassador' for AVN in Senegal for several years, and was joined in November 2012 by Fanny Dupuis, an urbanist, as national coordinator.  Ndiame Fall joined the team in May 2013 as an extension agent and assistant to Fanny Dupuis.

They will be working with our partner Le Partenariat ( PSLR )on our program in the north of the country (Saint Louis, Podor), will start an urban program in Thiès itself, and in 2014, a regional office is planned for Tambacounda - all part of an overall strategy to lay the foundations for a self-sustaining market in NV housing in Senegal.

A promising start

To date, there are two main poles of activity for AVN in Senegal:

  • in the region of Podor, a literacy center has been built in the village of Thialma, and a mosque in the village of Guege Wourou, by NV masons from Burkina and their Senegalese apprentices; both projects were part financed by Eiffage -Senegal (the French construction company Eiffage, previously known as Eiffel, after its founder, is famous historically for building the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty...).

  • In the region of Thies, pilot projects on construction of NV buildings in an urban environment have been launched, with several houses now completed, including a two-storey one. Tests are underway of the use of mud bricks incorporating pebbles on the external surface, to which a waterproof and maintenance-free cement render can then be applied.

The setting up of a third national team in West Africa (after Burkina Faso and Mali), marks an important turning point in the growth of AVN's program in the Sahel.

As always, your contributions towards the costs of recruitment and training of Senegalese apprentices and masons will provide invaluable support for the scaling up of our work in Senegal, providing employment and better housing and community facilities for the families in our target groups.


Inauguaration of the literacy center, Thialma
Inauguaration of the literacy center, Thialma
Construction of literacy center
Construction of literacy center
Completed literacy center
Completed literacy center
Mosque, Guege Wourou
Mosque, Guege Wourou
2 storey house in construction, Thies
2 storey house in construction, Thies
2 vault house in construction, Thies
2 vault house in construction, Thies
NV house with pebbles incorporated in bricks
NV house with pebbles incorporated in bricks



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Association la Voute Nubienne (AVN)

Location: Ganges, N/A - France
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Tony Kaye
Milton Keynes, n/a United Kingdom
$13,795 raised of $50,000 goal
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