Aspyre Africa & CIPA team with former beneficiary
Greetings from Saint-Louis!
It is always a joy to write updates straight from the field. This time we have come to Senegal accompanied by trustee Marie-Laure Prévost and external evaluator Chie Yagyu for whom it is their very first visit to the project.
The construction of the chicken coop, contribution of local partner AJE to the project with funding from GIZ is, after many delays, almost completed. Having visited the site, several issues with the construction were identified and discussed and are now being addressed by AJE.
Since our last update, many of the talibes returned to their villages to celebrate the Tabaski (Feast of Sacrifice) with their families. Several extended their stay to take part in the harvest of the seasonal crops, and are gradually returning to Saint-Louis.
Together with the new CIPA Careers Advisory Unit, we conducted individual interviews with the talibes to check for any change in circumstances or aspirations. We were delighted to hear first hand that despite the delays, which were beyond our control, they are still very much committed to the project.
A meeting between the talibes and the poultry specialist of the CIPA training centre is planned for this week. Together we will review the business plan in order to be set and ready as soon as the construction is completed to the satisfactory standards. We are also meeting with their Koranic teachers, whose participation in the project is key to its success.
“It’s amazing to have seen how much trust and connection Aspyre Africa has built with local stakeholders and Talibé students through their participatory approach. Through regular one to one interviews Aspyre Africa takes into account the students’ input and adapts the project accordingly, which is what I believe differentiates them from other organisations. It was really great to see how confident and committed the Talibé students are to the project!“ Chie Yagyu
Checking out the construction of the chicken coop