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Friday, 31 July 2020 14:03

Adaptation to the current situation.

 

The critical situation, due to the pandemic, although in different ways, affects all countries.


In Senegal and more specifically in the area that where we operates, the regulations set by the government are followed. Schools have been closed since March, but students who have to be examined to access the next cycle (secondary, high school or university access), have to be examined and to do this they have to go to class with the measures of wearing a mask and limited the number of students to 15 per classroom.


This will be done, depending on the levels, during the summer months, a time when, in rural areas, boys normally help their parents in planting and growing millet and peanuts.


Without the help of those who have to go to school, rural life and more specifically in our town Mbackombel, the rest of the family, young and old, work the fields, plow, sow and weed, to get the product that will help them to feed during the rest of the year.


It is very important that the rains arrive and goes on during the period of growth and development of the planting.


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One more year, we want to inform about the TREINTA200MIL matchfunding that we have joined at migranodearena.org. In order for 200 students to continue their secondary, baccalaureate, vocational training and / or university studies, and thus combat school dropout; At our Foundation we support their higher education through this education grant. Additionally, continuing education helps eradicate marriages of convenience, allowing more girls to have a better future.


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Our goal is to reach the sum of € 2,000 before June 30. Click on the link to collaborate and ensure that next year more boys and girls can continue studying. Thank you very much for your support. Greetings.


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Like any other country, Senegal has been forced to take exceptional measures to combat the expansion of COVID-19.


By ministerial order, we have closed our Mbackombel school, the Balabougou, Wirtheboky and Soussane Mbadane nursery classes, as well as the Mbour Residence.

But considering that this action was not enough, our new Co-Director and volunteer, Judit Serra, took the initiative to plan a direct action that could help the inhabitants of the small towns, where our students reside.

To this end, the last April 8th, we set up a caravan, consisting of a truck and two cars, headed by Judit Serra and Celine Diouf (director of the Residence), Gane Kama (former student of our school who is currently in 6th year of Medicine ), as well as a couple of students. They visited the towns, where in each one of them  Gane Kama made an awareness talk, and they also distributed rice sacks, masks, gloves, liquid soap , alcohol gel, etc.

It was a very hard day, intense but emotional at the same time. The day didn't help much as temperatures of up to 43º were registered in the shade.

Our thanks to all who have collaborated to carry out this action; as well as to those who regularly collaborate with our Foundation!



 

Thursday, 09 January 2020 18:19

The importance of volunteers

 

Volunteers are a fundamental part of a nonprofit organization like ours. Their knowledge and dedication fill an important gap in our work, as we do not have enough resources to hire people of their level.

Recently we are receiving offers from many people interested in collaborating with our Foundation.

Among the new volunteers we would highlight, for their involvement in the time of collaboration, the following people: José María Catot Riera, Dr. In Computer Science and currently Director of Technology at the Foundation. Judit Serra Ballester, Bachelor of International Relations, Co-director of the Foundation and presently living in the field, both are permanent volunteers. Clara Gregori Pla, Doctor in Physics, on-site and distance teacher of ICT courses and Carles Viñeta Viladecans, Information Systems Engineer as a long-term volunteer in Senegal.

Everyone participates at the New Technologies project by giving courses to a pre-selected group of students from our Mbour residence as well as english classes to all students residing there.

Also, as we stated in the blog of august, we had the support of four students and a professor coming from the UPC of Manresa.

During this month of January, for the second consecutive year, Dr. María Gómez Rodríguez, a health volunteer, is visiting and collaborating with us.

Our gratitude to all those volunteers who have collaborated and collaborate with our Foundation!



 

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 13:20

Start of the new course 2019/2020

 

We have started the course normally, even though the rainy season has ended late. In Mbackombel we have ten primary classrooms and three kindergartens classes working at full gas, in addition to five preschool classrooms, located in nearby towns.


The total amount of students studying in our foundation school is 397 in elementary school and 240 in preschool, which makes a total of 637 students, 28 more than last year.


This year we have started English classes for the students of the last two courses and the teacher is an old student of the foundation. With him there are already 4 teachers who learned in our school and now they have become teachers of the young generations!


We continue to train our high school graduates


At the Residence we have in Mbour, during the months of October, and November, the volunteer Clara Gregori, who has a PhD in Physics, has been teaching Advanced Web Programming  courses to a group of students and she will continue giving the course until the end of December.


We invite you to be “achievers” of new sponsors.


Sponsorship contributions are a fundamental basis for our school growth.


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Thursday, 01 August 2019 23:08

Technology reaches our students

 

A few months ago the Director of Technology of our Foundation, José Mª Catot, contacted the coordinator of the Degree in Engineering in ICT Systems of the School of Mines of the UPC of Manresa, Professor Jordi Bonet, in order to study the possibility of organizing a group of volunteers to travel to our student residence in Mbour-Senegal to give an intensive course of different activities within the field of information and communication technologies (ICTs).


At the same time, we requested computers from the REUTILITZA Program https://reutilitza.upc.edu/ca which is part of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and accepting our petition they donated us seven laptops.


Engineering degree of this EPSEM school at the UPC in Manresa moved to Senegal at the end of July to Finally, a group of four students (David Màrquez, Irene Mollet, Joan Antoni Riera and Marta Viñas) and Professor Albert Babí, from the ICT Systems introduce our students in the use of new technologies and to monitor the installation of the residence's photovoltaic system. (See activities carried out on the web-blog https://mvinaslobez.wixsite.com/senegal2019?lang=en.)


It has been three and a half weeks of intense activity with a group of enthusiastic students who have remarkably assimilated the course learned and at the same time the experience has created a very good student-teacher relationship.


We hope to repeat next year this experience of partnership between the UPC and our Foundation.


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Monday, 29 July 2019 18:22

We are always busy

 

We had a very busy semester, since several projects have been carried out during this period or are still underway.

Among others:

1. Something important was the opportunity to send a sponsored child (Abdou, 15 years old) to Barcelona, to treat his Nephropathy problem. The Hospital Nens de Barcelona have treated us very well and they have done a lot of analysis and tests to finally put a treatment that the student Abdou will continue in Senegal.
For six months we have struggled to get all the necessary documentation so that the child and his tutor could finally move to Barcelona.

2. The Antonio Cabré Foundation (Lycée Français Bon Soleil) with a team of teachers have been once again, in Senegal, "recycling" the teachers of our school in Mbackombel, something very important for the improvement of education and learning of our students (244 in kindergartens and 365 in elementary school).

3. We are building another classroom in our school in Mbackombel, with which we will have 10 primary classrooms. With the collaboration of the Roviralta Foundation.

We hope to continue giving you good news within two months, at the start of the new course.



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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 12:21

2018, has been a good year for our Foundation.

We finished the year with the satisfaction of having been able to carry out all the projects we had planned and also one that we had not calculated to carry out.


In the course of 2018, we were able to build and equip 5 "normal" classrooms and a "laboratory" for the public school of Louly Bentegné.

This high school and baccalaureate school, which currently has 20 classrooms plus a laboratory room and offices, has been completely built by our Foundation thanks to the collaboration of the Repsol Foundation from the beginning and lately thanks to the support of Antonio Cabré Foundation and Roviralta Foundation.

In our Mbackombel's school we have felt an enormous happiness on having seen that there was an important increased in the number of inscriptions. Calculating this possibility, we have built another classroom during the year, thanks to the solidarity challange presented by Migranodearena. In the current course we have 365 students in primary and 244 in kindergartens.

Also we have construct few rooms to a family composed by a mother and three children since they had lost everything as a consequence of a fire in his house built with canes.

A tornado destroyed the roof of the offices of Soussane's College and the porch where our children eat at Mbackombel School ... we have also been able to repair it, thanks to occasional donations.

All this, along with the salary of teachers and staff (22 people) as well as the school canteen and the teacher’s residence, has been possible to finance it thanks to all those who collaborate with us through sponsorships, quotas, donations, voluntary work, etc.

 

 

At the end of February we published some photos of the projects that we had in progress and that should be finished before the rainy season. Well, we have succeeded and the three classrooms of Louly Bentegné (18 already built) for baccalaureate and Mbackombel (thirteen already built), will be operative at the beginning of the next course.

It has not been easy to achieve the project since some suppliers did not respect the delivery deadlines for the materials. Personally, I had to chase them until we got what was needed.

These two projects have been carried out thanks to the collaboration of the Repsol, Antonio Cabré (Louly Bentegné) and Roviralta (Mbackombel) foundations, and also, thanks to the funds from the contributions of our collaborators.

Another important new! Our students that are in last year of primary school have participated in a regional competition of general culture (Genie en herbe). Each team group was made up of six students who were asked questions of all kinds. Our students have been the winners!!!

 

 

It’s been three months since we don’t published something in this Blog, but we have done it on Facebook. Many are the things that have happened and all are good.

We have signed an important collaboration agreement with the Foundation Antonio Cabré.

We have beaten our own record in number of sponsored.

A group of teachers and the Director of the Lycée Bon Soleil have been at our Mbackombel School, training our teachers and providing great quantity of didactic material.

We have been able to start the construction of a new classroom in Mbackombel and three in Louly Bentegné since we received the authorization of the Department of Education of Senegal, so after the construction, students of high school will be able to study the Baccalaureate without having to move to an institute located 15 kilometres away.

These two projects are realized thanks to the collaboration of the Foundations Antonio Cabré, Repsol and Roviralta.

We want to emphasize that one of the principal achievements obtained up to the date has been the increase of acceptance on the part of the parents to their children to go to school.



 

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