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Henhouse Project Fundraiser

Due to the success of our Henhouse Project, we are expanding and launching a fundraiser. The Henhouse Project Fundraiser would facilitate AYDA Senegal to create a greater impact.

Education is important for all aspects of development. The challenges facing Africa’s youth are complex and many – and the extent to which quality, relevant education and skills training is provided to youth across Africa will have lasting impacts on resilience, prosperity and sustainable development.

AYDA Chicken Farm

The AYDA Senegal team will manage this project and aim to buy 300 chickens, grain, vaccines, and chicken houses needed to raise the chickens. The farmed chickens and their eggs will then be sold to generate an income that will support AYDA Senegal’s youth development and education work.

Kids will be taught how and where to buy baby chickens, where you can ethically and safely raise the chickens, how to build an area to raise chickens, what food to buy, what antibiotics to buy, and they will be taught the important of grass-fed and fruit-fed chickens instead of unnatural foods. The people working with chickens have experience raising chickens. Kids will be taught how to encourage production of eggs, how to breed more chickens, and how and where to sell their chickens. Chickens are cage free. 

White Chickens at AYDA chicken farm

The proceeds from selling chickens through the Henhouse Project will be used to buy an agricultural plot of land to expand the size of the project and to then support our youth development and education work in Senegal.

Funds raised from the Henhouse Project Fundraiser would be used to purchase supplies to build the henhouse, chicks and food for the first batch of chickens. If you would like to help AYDA start a sustainable business, please consider donating to this cause.

yellow chicken at AYDA chicken farm

We ask you to support the project by making donations through our GoFundMe by visiting https://www.gofundme.com/f/ayda-senegal-fundraiser-henhouse-project. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. All donations are tax-deductible.

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AYDA Team Spotlight- Elhadj Fall

How long have you worked in the nonprofit sector and why are you passionate about it?

My name is Elhadj Fall I have been working in the non-profit sector for 15 years— from 2006 to present.

In my previous roles, I was responsible to renovate buildings abroad. My passion is to help vulnerable people. I live in the suburbs of Saint Louis in a district called DAROU. A neighborhood where there are a lot of vulnerable people and it makes me happy to do something for them. My work includes citizenship actions, helping vulnerable children get education, helping the community to have access to care, reforestation, and build schools as well as dormitories.

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What inspired you to start AYDA Senegal?

As I have experience in social work, it was time to create our own association to be closer to the population. To give a chance to many young people who are in difficult situations. Allow them to have good supervision on the side of education and training. To help them have access to health care and to allow the community to have good social assistance.

Since its inception, how has the vision for AYDA Senegal evolved?

Since its inception, AYDA Senegal has evolved on all sides— the center, the construction, the projects. The AYDA Senegal Centre is extremely valued by the community through its activities.

For the center, the number of students has doubled as much as last year. At present, AYDA is renovating the primary schools in nalla Ndiaye, the daara will be the DAROU daara and at this moment construction of the ACS school in ngalelle.

For the projects, AYDA has a green street project to preserve the environment, fight against plastic waste, and fight against floods. AYDA Senegal also has a henhouse to finance our activities.

Could you describe AYDA Senegal in five words?

Vision – strategy – creativity – motivation – team work.

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Can you share one story of an individual whose life changed because of AYDA Senegal?

One of our volunteers named Alioune, a political science student who teaches at the AYDA Centre, is a good example. He is passionate about education who is wants to become a full-time educator.

The Sustainable Development Goals are a roadmap for countries around the world to work together and create a better, more sustainable world for all. The Sustainable Development Goal 4 is focused on education, aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education, and promote lifelong learning opportunities for everyone.  How does AYDA Senegal support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals?

AYDA supports sustainable development. To support this policy, we have a plan to help young people. First of all, to impart good education, to provide professional and vocational training to ensure a better future. Secondly, to create funding structures and even to take charge of some training for young people in order to fight against illegal immigration.

So far, what is one of the key achievements of AYDA Senegal?

One of the key achievements of AYDA Senegal is the construction of the ACS school.

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How do you finance the projects run by AYDA Senegal?

There are two ways to finance our projects
a. We receive donations from our partners who are: AYDA foundation and AASOA.
b. Our activities are also financed through our henhouse, which generates an income that can be used to cover some expenses such as electricity, water and electricity rentals, etc…

At present, what is an initiative/project that AYDA Senegal is working on and how do you plan to achieve it?

The initiatives or projects that we are focusing on at present are- finishing the construction of the ACS school and starting the fight against plastic waste.

In order to carry out our projects, we would like to have the support of our partners AYDA Foundation and AASOA and others if possible. We will also take steps towards youth structures to benefit from their support.

How do you decide on taking on new projects/initiatives to best help the youth in Senegal?

In order to have more initiatives to better help young people, we ask the young people how to best serve them and eliminate their troubles. We ask the volunteers to make visits to the daaras and parents to hear their opinions.

Going forward, what are the priorities for AYDA Senegal in 2021?

  • Finish the construction of the ACS school
  • Reforestation for the preservation of the environment
  • Fight against plastic waste by providing bins for the population
  • Having our own land for farming
  • Above all, help the DAROU district to have its own infrastructure such as a health center, high school etc.
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Anything else you would like to mention?

I would like to thank the AYDA Foundation team for the remarkable work being done and the trust they have in me. You have inspired us to be useful for our community and we hope to do more in the future. THANK YOU again.

Edited by Naina Anand

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AYDA celebrates International Day of Education

On 24th January- the International Day of Education- AYDA celebrates the role of education in uplifting children and youth. The theme for this years’ celebration is ‘Recover and Revitalize Education for the COVID-19 Generation’, which is apt given the worldwide impact of COVID-19 and the effects that it has had on education. UNESCO recognizes the importance of international solidarity as well as collaboration to place education at the center of recovery efforts.

Kids in Senegal sitting with an instructor with a banner of AYDA Senegal

AYDA values the importance of global events that raise awareness and supports initiatives that encourage global collaboration as well as accelerate work on education and youth development. AYDA’s mission is to educate and empower the underserved communities in Africa to overcome long-standing cycles of poverty and inequality. To support its mission, AYDA partners with local government, community leaders, and local NGOs to develop sustainable solutions that enhance education and youth development in Africa. Through collaboration with our local partners in Africa, AYDA has upgraded the school infrastructure, initiated a chicken farming project to teach children valuable entrepreneurial skills, and is in the process of building a school that will eventually be capable of accommodating 500 students.

UNESCO reports that 91 percent of all students in the world have been affected by COVID-19 related school closures. The statistics were already unfavorable before the pandemic as there were an estimated 258 million children who were not attending school and about 617 million youth who could not read or do basic math. AYDA is even more determined to create a sustainable impact on education and youth development in Africa.

 AYDA is also committed to accelerating action on Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4), which is part of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” In alignment with SDG 4, AYDA focuses its efforts to facilitate social upliftment and education as well as advocate for better opportunities for the youth in Africa.

A recent UN Resolution related to the International Day of Education, summarizes the importance of education and recognizes that “education plays a key role in building sustainable and resilient societies and contributes to the achievement of all of the other Sustainable Development Goals; it increases the productivity of individuals and strengthens the potential for economic growth, develops the skills needed for decent work, develops the professional skills needed for sustainable development, including in the fields of water and sanitation, green energy and the conservation of natural resources, helps to eradicate poverty and hunger, contributes to improved health, promotes gender equality and can reduce inequality, and promotes peace, the rule of law and respect for human rights”.

The celebration of International Education Day by UNESCO is organized in partnership with the Global Partnership for Education as well as the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS) and features the participation of partners from the Global Education Coalition. AYDA is keen to collaborate with partners around the world to advance its mission of youth development in Africa. AYDA would also like to pay its gratitude to the supportive individuals who share AYDA’s passion and commitment to advance education in Africa.

If you wish to donate to AYDA and help empower the youth in Africa, please consider donating through our website here https://aydaf.org/. All donations are tax-deductible. 

Written by Kate  Berrisford and Naina Anand

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AYDA School Repairs After Heavy Rains

It has been a challenging year for everyone. AYDA has had a few challenges of its own.

In early September, while AYDA was building a new school, the roof collapsed at the AYDA Center where our office, classrooms, and health clinic is currently located. Fortunately, this occurred during a time when the AYDA Center was not operational due to the pandemic. The AYDA Center closed again this summer due to renewed restrictions by the Ministry of Education.

With challenging times comes perseverance. AYDA is committed to continue the construction work on the new school and despite the setback. The AYDA Senegal team in Senegal has already started the repair work and rebuilding the roof- as seen in the picture below.

AYDA School Repairs

AYDA Senegal is determined to push forward and continue its projects to support improved youth development in Senegal. AYDA will be reopening its AYDA Center in November if the pandemic restrictions are lifted. AYDA continues to provide free masks and disinfectant supplies to remain a safe environment for the hundreds of children we serve daily.

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AYDA Senegal’s New Henhouse Project

AYDA Senegal is in the process of establishing a new Henhouse Project which is aimed at generating funds to support its youth development work as well as to help enhance food security in the area.

The project aims to start this fall/summer and will be managed by the team at the  AYDA Center in Senegal. The project aims to be an essential component of AYDA’s youth development activities as youth participants will be taught about the process (and ethics) of raising chickens as well as managing a poultry business. Hopefully this will also lead to the development of micro-enterprises by some students in future, after gaining the skills, knowledge and practical experience of raising and selling chickens.

Henhouse Project

This initial project will  cost USD 1245, which includes raising 300 chickens and providing grain, vaccines and chicken houses. AYDA Senegal aims to use the proceeds from selling chickens through the Henhouse Project to buy an agricultural plot of land to expand the size of the project.

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Henhouse Project 1

Please help enable this Henhouse Project in Senegal by donating through our website. All donations are tax deductible and can be made online at www.aydaf.org

Written by Naina Anand 

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About AYDA

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Summary 

Alliance for Youth Development in Africa (AYDA) Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to enabling underserved communities find pathways out of systemic poverty. 

AYDA believes youth education and empowerment are key to breaking long-standing cycles of poverty and inequality; but we also understand youth development must be addressed holistically to achieve sustainable results. 

Since our inception in 2015, we have partnered with local NGOs and community leaders in the countries where we serve to identify opportunities and harness local resources for impact in education, health, economic well-being, and other domains that affect youth thriving.

The Backstory

AYDA was first conceived in 2015 when a group of five engineering students at Washington State University decided to approach their final year project differently. They set out to validate a shared belief that sustainable design can be leveraged as a tool for social impact.

The team reached out to a nonprofit organization in Senegal which, at the time, was looking for a partner to set up a new school building. The end result was a multifunctional school facility that would serve the needs of the local community and double as the organization’s administrative office. 

We have since expanded our operations in Senegal through local partnerships, implementing a range of social programs with a focus on education and youth development.

AYDA recently attained 501(c)(3) status in the United States, an important milestone that will enable us to reach our goals for funding and accountability as we forge ahead.

Our Team

AYDA is led by a team of passionate philanthropists, comprising three directors, one project manager, five volunteer teachers, and dozens of international volunteers in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

What we do

AYDA advocates and creates opportunities for youth to thrive. 

We collaborate with local communities in any area of need that affects their youth, but we have historically focused on initiatives at the nexus of education, economic independence, health and wellbeing, and environmental sustainability.

In line with our mission, we have identified a number of priority areas to guide our activities over the next few years.

AYDA Centers

An AYDA Center serves as a hub for a network of communities. With an emphasis on functionality, the facility offers streamlined services and operational support for planning and implementation of programs identified by community leaders and local allied NGOs.

AYDA Centers provide the professional front and clout often required for community-led programs to gain traction, but once initiatives are activated, ownership is progressively transferred entirely to the initiating community.

Financial Sustainability 

We will ensure the financial sustainability of AYDA initiatives by leveraging innovative practices for cost efficiency and revenue generation. We will also consolidate our efforts and develop strategic funding partnerships for greater impact.

Scale Local Best Practices

We will help identify, showcase and where possible, “prototype” local best practices in school infrastructure and administration, so they can be easily scaled up or replicated.

Our Approach

Senegal will build Senegal…Africa must build Africa. This local adage captures well AYDA’s philosophy on development and our approach to community outreach.

AYDA allies with existing local programs, community leaders, and government, drawing on their experience, resourcefulness, and in-depth understanding of the challenges facing their youth, and collaborating with them to develop sustainable solutions. 

Collaborative & Allied   

AYDA allies with existing local NGOs who best understand the problems within the community and are closely aligned with our mission. We do not engage in programs or activities that promote dependence on foreign aid.

Transparent  

Transparency and accountability are embedded in our ethos. Every quarter, we publish financial reports on our website and keep our stakeholders continuously informed through our website, email, and social media.

Impact-Driven

We don’t just implement activities to check them off a list. For every project we carry out, we streamline our efforts and resources and develop revenue-earning programs that promote financial sustainability to maximize the impact of our supporters’ investment. 

Localized 

When we reach out to support new communities, we never claim to be the experts or have the solution. Rather, we draw on the knowledge and resources of the local community and tailor all programs to their specific set of circumstances. 

How we partner

Our volunteers are local citizens who become ambassadors within their communities.

We make it our goal not to interfere with local efforts, but to come alongside key players and stakeholders within the system in any way that will help them achieve their goals. We have adopted a 4-step approach to ensure we consistently operate within these boundaries.  

Case Study: Furniture for Schools

Identify a need: Local school teachers flag a need for new desks and blackboards in their school. The existing furniture is dilapidated and creates a distraction to learning . 

Understand the challenges:  We consult with the school to find out what has been done so far to address the problem. We explore whether there are financial resources already made available by the community, local government, or other opportunities. We discover they have not been unable to acquire the resources locally, nor obtain the support of the local and regional government.

Explore solutions: We brainstorm with teachers to explore ways the issue might be addressed and determine that crowdfunding and small grants are the quickest and most effective option presently.

Implement and measure: AYDA helps coordinate a fundraising effort to procure the new blackboards and furniture, leveraging our local and global networks. Following implementation, we monitor and share results of this initiative with the local and regional government  to quantify the problem and, ultimately, demonstrate impact.

Destroyed desks in École Nalla Ndiaye.

Case Study: Overcrowding in Schools

Identify a need: AYDA is approached by friends, allies, and their local connections regarding the problem of overcrowding in schools in a community flagged as previously marginalized.

Understand the challenges: We meet with local stakeholders to better understand root causes and influencing factors; and to determine the potential long-term impact of the overcrowding issue.

Explore solutions: We bring the matter up with the Ministry of Education and discuss plans for infrastructure expansion. [The Ministry’s budget cycle cannot accommodate expansion, but they grant consent to AYDA to build a new school.]

Implement and measure: Work with partners to build new school and track results. Based on our observations and data, we advise the Ministry on the extent of the deficiencies, make an evidence-based case for expanding capacity of school spaces, and offer recommendations on low-cost options for infrastructure expansion.