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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.


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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.



 

Monday, 13 November 2017 20:44

Letter from a volunteer and collaborator

 

My name is Àlex Tobella and I'm 28 years old. I am currently studying Social Work at the University of Barcelona and later I would like to do a Master's degree related to International Cooperation.


For about ten years I have been interested in knowing what are the reasons that cause the differences between some countries and others. I no longer speak only about the economic aspect, also social, educational, health or infrastructure aspects. In this way I intend to be able to understand why the global sphere is going towards a more separatist and unstructured world society between one and another, when we all should have the same rights.


I have seen these social differences personally and after traveling for years in different Asian and African countries, I have understood what are the reasons that cause these huge differences. Unfortunately, my credible conclusion is: There is not a single reason; there are many reasons that explain this inequality situation. And the solution to these problems is not easy if we do not all collaborate.

 

Therefore, it is important that the first persons taking this step forward and collaborating for a fairer world are the ones who have personally seen these social differences between the rich and poor countries. As the NGO " POR UNA SONRISA EN ÁFRICA (For a Smile In Africa) does. Thanks to them and other global entities, millions of people without resources to survive have the guarantee and the possibility of exercising their rights as people. So, it is necessary to collaborate all together in order to help the entities and the people who are part of them to achieve the goal of a fairer and equitable world.


In my case, and with the help of family and friends, we have raised a sum of money that has been used to buy different school materials to help to improve the education rates of students tutored by the FOUNDATION "POR UNA SONRISA EN ÁFRICA", located in Senegal. With this small grain of sand we invite you to do the same, this message is to let us not forget that our assistance efforts are based on one principle: help those most in need.


So, with the help of all we can get a better world.


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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 11:52

We continue to grow

 

This year we have initiated several constructions that complement and extend the already constructed schools we have built. In our Mbackombel's school one more classroom for the smallest. In Soussane Mbadane, other one for preschoolers, 2,5 kilometers of our school, and in Soussane a classroom - laboratory for the public college of secondary.

We have to realize these extensions to be able to admit more children, due to the increase of demand by the families, of this rural zone, since they are realizing the importance that their children go to the school.

We expect to have all finished and equipped for October 9th, the start date of the school timetable in Senegal.

The foundations that have collaborated in the financing are; the Foundation Repsol and the Foundation Maria Francisca de Roviralta

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Monday, 20 March 2017 19:03

¡ FIFTEEN YEARS ON THE FRONT LINE !

 

In February of 2002, Asun Fiochi and Mario Llonch, happened to go for the fist time to the village of Mbackombel. This village is located in the middle of the Senegalese Savannah and at that point, people from that village didn't have any infrastructure, not even proper houses.

 

The only thing they had, were two small nursery classrooms, run by the sisters of l'Immaculé Conception.

 

Asun and Mario, made the decision to create a Foundation to help the children in this area.

 

Fifteen years later, Mbackombel looks a completely different town. Now they have houses made of cement blocks and a Nursery and Primary School, with 17 classrooms and 510 children attending classes - all managed by the Foundation.

 

In addition to this, other projects have been completed: a boarding school for the secondary children was built in the city of Mbour, a woman’s centre where they are supported and helped and a maternity clinic where more than 5,000 patients have attended and there are over 200 deliveries a year. In addition to this in order to meet the needs of the Senegalese State, a furthers 30 classrooms and two administrative offices have been built, where more than 1,800 children attend classes.

 

To be able to personally control and track the progress of all these projects, Mario and Asun live in Mbackombel an average of six months a year.

 

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Saturday, 26 November 2016 12:53

CONTRIBUTION

 

We are very pleased to announce that this month we have been fortunate to receive two very important contributions that will benefit two important groups: Older people with cataract problem who need surgery and also our sponsored children that need glasses.


These two contributions that have come at the same time are:


1- The Fundación Barraquer has sent us two ophthalmologists, who selected 149 among more than 1000 consulted, to whom Dra. Elena Barraquer will operate during her visit in January.


2- The Fundación Cione (La ruta de la Luz), co-funded by the Fundación Repsol, than has sent us two optometrists, who have been in charge of checking the vision of more than 500 children from our school and who will later provide us 150 glasses that would be needed.


Our sponsors and their elders are very grateful for these "visits".


It is very important for our Charity that these organizations have trusted us.

 

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