Neighbor Ape helped construct a dormitory for schoolchildren in Kedougou, Senegal in conjunction with the Senegalese organization OBARAR. This organization aims to specifically aid children of the Beudick group, one of the smallest minority groups in Senegal today. With the assistance of a generous Neighbor Ape donor, the infrastructure for the OBARAR dormitory was completed and has been operational for a number of years. We seek to help offset operating costs, which have risen dramatically.
The OBARAR dormitory is challenged by the rising costs of labour and supplies (like food) in the regional capital of Kedougou. Prices are driven up by an intense gold rush in the area, as regional and international gold miners immigrate into this formerly rural area. The rural inhabitants of southeastern Senegal haven't yet benefited from this development. Additionally, Neighbor Ape has identified and enrolled a number of orphan children to the OBARAR dormitory who have little means of support.
A relatively small investment in the OBARAR dormitory on an annual basis will allow it to continue to run continuously. A portion of the funds will go towards the Thiobo community rice field, which will raise enough money upon harvest to cover at least 50% of the annual operating costs of the dormitory.
The goal of the OBARAR dormitory is to give children in rural areas with little or no access to good education opportunities the means with which to advance their education. The minority Beudick people in Senegal are almost exclusively found in 5 rural villages. The OBARAR project is one means with which to ensure the Beudick heritage persists and even grows as the Kedougou region expands.