By Steven Stilianos I woke up to see one of the most amazing sights ever, running water in Ngognani. This had been my ultimate goal since I visited the village last year. Mr. Alter, my parents, and I came to Senegal more than a week before the rest of the group to install a solar … Continue reading Amazing sights
Today, our first morning of 2018, is marked by distinct sounds. First, the cheers of a community signifying the ticking of the clock past 11:59pm. There was no universal countdown, no ball to watch. The hoots and claps came sporadically but with an honest purpose. As the local imam told us when we gathered around … Continue reading The sounds of 2018
'My first impressions were that people are welcoming and that they want to interact. I want to learn how to communicate with new means and ways.' -Rhyan 'Culture shock. There are begging children and prayers. All of it is new and i am learning just from being here.' Ashton 'It is refreshing to be here … Continue reading First impressions
By Rhyan and Faith The first day in Senegal set the tone for the days to come. During the first few hours, we were exposed to new people, food, language and culture. It was heartwarming - so many Senegalese people who wanted to interact with us immediately. Their hospitality (they call it teranga) gave us … Continue reading The first day in Senegal
We are finally assembled! The final group arrived safely and in great spirits. For those who had the day in Senegal, there were a lot of firsts. I will let the students share soon. For how, thank you for following our adventure!!
The first wave of CCS students and teachers from the main group arrived just now after a long journey across the ocean! The energy is palpable, even at 3:30am! La Teranga is showing itself already!
Here is a quick rundown of what has happened thus far to make the solar-powered pump project happen: Step 1: decide what kind of pump to install (research and collaboration with people in Ngognani from August to November) Step 2: find someone in Senegal with technical expertise (LinkedIn and Skype calls in November) Step 3: … Continue reading The play-by-play…
We have done a lot in just a few days - each one extends into the next and is itself a journey. Today we woke at sunrise and spent the morning with our wonderful hosts. Before lunch, we drove into Niokolo Koba on word that there were lions moving around in one of the most … Continue reading A few days in Senegal…
We arrived finally in Ngognani today. Hordes of small children, each familiar but also distinctly bigger than the last time CCS visited this community, greeted us with eager handshakes. We learned about this year's rainy season and discussed local affairs. We ate delicious Mafee, the traditional dish of the Mandinka people, prepared by the gracious … Continue reading Ngognani
Senegal makes you feel comfortable. It's not just the people. It's not the good food. It's not the warm colors of the landscape. It's all of it. The common saying is "on est ensemble," which translates to "we are together." This country makes you feel that. The first few days of this year's big adventure … Continue reading On est ensemble…