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A Look Back: Foundations for Senegal

The Foundations for Senegal (FFS) Design team met every Monday and Wednesday at 13:00 Pacific Time. It was a group of five college senior engineers who wanted to do something different than what the course offered. This project was approved as an eligible design project for the graduation course. The team began meeting several months before the course began.

FFS was an adopted project by the student organization of Developing Sustainable Communities (DSC). DSC provided access to additional resources and financial support when required.  DSC had many members from various academic areas. The team looked for non-engineers to participate as well, from all majors at Washington State University.  One student helped us by producing architectural drawing and renderings for the final product of the building.

The design team was later represented by Andrew Stephenson in Saint-Louis, Senegal for a project field visit 10-16 March 2017.  The team had to make many assumptions leading up to then, such as the soil properties, site location, material properties, and more.  While this was okay for the design at this stage, all this information had to be confirmed on-site before the final modifications to the design are made.  Activities involved the following:

  1. Visit property to measure dimensions, make approximate land survey.
  2. Perform soil testing on site to approximate bearing capacity.
  3. Meet material suppliers to inspect material properties: dimensions, weights, thus densities.
  4. Meet the city staff to find necessary work and building permits and regulations.
  5. Meet members of community concerning volunteering to construct building spring 2018
  6. Establish relationship with contractor and client on-site to continue progress on design and later fundraising.
  7. Gather more photos, videos and personal stories from children and parents in community.

The purpose of the trip was to achieve these seven goals and establish a better cultural understanding of community’s needs for the school and how to integrate the school with its surroundings.

Developing Sustainable Communities (Washington State University) made a generous donation in 2018
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Fundraiser 2019 – Inaugural

Thank you so much.

We had over two dozen supporters attend our inaugural fundraiser, and double that if you count the dozens of other customers at the brewery we recruited to our cause. (Thanks, Samba!) If anyone would let us share their photos online from that evening, please email them here: [email protected]

Our goal was to have a great time and learn more about AYDA. We hope the drinks and snacks were tasty and the setting was convivial.

In just 10 days since starting the fundraiser, we have reached $2,550. We need to reach $3,000 by the end of this week.

  • $100 Donation = Free AYDA Tee-Shirt
  • $200 Donation = Invitation (1 guest) to December 14th Wine & Tapas Soirée (plus Tee-Shirt)
  • $300+ Donation = Invitation (2 guests) to December 14th Wine & Tapas Soirée (plus Tee-Shirt)

We thank you again for your continued support. This school won’t happen without this collective effort. We are going to chip away every week to accomplish $6,000 to begin school construction this December.

Stay tuned as we steadily update the website with project progress, photos, and more information at AYDAF.org

Thank you again for attending our fundraiser. This was our first trial. 192 Brewing Co. was a fun – and boisterous – venue, in fact, we are still receiving questions about our mission, goal, why we are fundraising, and/or how to donate.

We have summarized our answers to your questions below:

About us: Alliance for Youth Development in Africa (AYDA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in Washington state. Our mailing address is: P.O. Box 82234, Kenmore, WA 98028

Vision: AYDA envisions the Senegalese government to strengthen the Ministère de l’éducation National (National Ministry of Education) to prioritize schools, community sports programs, health education clinics, and other programs that support effective youth development to reduce systemic poverty. Senegal is one of most stable, peaceful, and developed nations in West Africa, yet still suffers from an extremely high poverty rate, therefore Senegal plays an essential political and economic role in the spotlight for its neighboring countries. Investments in education and youth development programs not only make an impact in Senegal, but even in other developing nations across the continent.

Mission AYDA repairs and supports existing and neglected infrastructure that will provide youth the skills and confidence to excel in school and continue education.

Core Values: Firstly, we prioritize aiding existing local nonprofit organizations managed by communities in Senegal. Secondly, we target our aid towards underprivileged and neglected communities without local schools. Thirdly, we support accomplishing our mission while simultaneously seeking environmentally-friendly alternatives, advocating for female leadership and empowerment, encouraging entrepreneurship, and youth education on health and hygiene.

Strategy: We first started by repairing the walls, roof, and blackboards of two existing schools which serve thousands of students from underprivileged families. Now that we have established our AYDA Office in Senegal, we can continue to network with these local schools to best understand how to make the biggest impact. Meanwhile, we will continue operating the new Training School which just opened and has already taught young students how to raise chickens to provide eggs for food and income.

Objective: While we continue to operate the Training School for poultry farming, and get settled into our new AYDA Office, AYDA plans to finish School fundraising by Thanksgiving in time to begin construction this December. This new school will be operated by a local nonprofit in Senegal, named Association Chance for all Senegal (ACS), managed by Fina Senghor. Her organization can be found at http://chanceforall-sn.org. She leads an ambitious goal to provide academic opportunities to girls and boys equally, from underprivileged families in the most neglected communities in the country. They have a mission and an army of teachers and local supporters to combat systemic poverty and give local youth the critical skills to succeed.

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FFS Design team information

The FFS Design team meets every Monday and Wednesday at 13:00 Pacific Time.  Calling us during these hours is welcome if arranged beforehand by contacting us a [email protected] or calling us at 530 346 3058

If you’re interested in joining the affiliate FFS project under the student organization of Developing Sustainable Communities, please also contact us to learn more about how even non-engineers can get involved!  We are looking for students in all majors at Washington State University.  One student has begun helping us by producing architectural drawing and renderings for the final product of this building.  Another student, also a civli engineering major, has become involved and has several options such as ecological design, which could involve finding solar panels to power the building, or designing a recycling process at the building.

Whether you’re in the arts of sciences, you could design the academic curriculum, explore power-less ventilation designs, or design the murals for the courtyard walls.  It’s up to you!

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Welcome & Bienvenue

Welcome to Foundations for Senegal!  We are excited to see how far this grassroots engineering non-profit will go as this design team begins research, testing and design for the potential two-level kindergarten for ASPE to base its permanent home.  The mission of ASPE is to continue providing education to young children that would otherwise start schooling later in their youth and struggle.  In order to develop an emerging generation of better educated children, the most vulnerable youth must learn verbal and written communication, physical education, foreign and domestic cultural knowledge and other areas of learning to which unsupported children are not exposed.  We look forward to updating this blog bi-weekly at maximum and monthly at minimum.  While we further develop this website, contact us at [email protected] to learn more!

Bienvenue sur le site de l’association Foundations for Senegal qui est basée à Washington State University. Le contenu sera bientôt disponible en français! En attendant n’hésitez pas à nous contacter par e-mail: [email protected]