Posts in West Africa

Responding to Ebola outbreak in West Africa

"A state of emergency has been declared in Liberia, and the World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern." - World Renew Staff 

08/08/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Equality in West Africa

While all humans may be created equal, they certainly do not have equal opportunities and access to food, water, healthcare and income. Watch this series of short videos by World Renew on their West Africa 1 Program and see how your life might be different had you been born in West Africa.

04/29/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

As simple as soap: An FRB reflection for Earth Day

In celebratation of Earth Day, here’s a look at some programs that are improving community health through soap.

Development is complex, and is never as easy as 1-2-3. It must take into account many human factors – our diversity, experience, present realities, personalities, cultures – but that’s not all.  Climate change, natural disasters, societal pressures, politics, global markets, environmental degradation from industry or local practices: all have an influence on how our program participants can adapt to change and adopt practices that will help them break the cycle of poverty. Even a seemingly simple practice like using soap promote health and hygiene may not be so simple for some people in our world.

04/22/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Buying less soap but using more: soap making in West Africa

To put into practice what they had learned in trainings on health and hygiene, and to get around the high cost of soap that stood in the way of fully adopting the measures, participants in FRB’s West Africa 1 program are making their own soap, saving money, and earning income for their groups.

Community members understood how their health and food security are connected to hygiene. However, they were not putting into practice what they had learned about the importance of washing their hands, because soap was just too expensive. The program responded to people’s request for more knowledge by organizing a training on soap making,

04/14/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

In West Africa, volunteer “animators” lead communities in learning

In FRB’s West Africa 1 program, volunteer “indigenous animators” are 15 program participants who have taken on a larger role in making sure that training -- on appropriate farming techniques and village savings and loan practices -- actually takes hold among their peers. Over time, as the number of West Africa 1 participants has grown, the trained animators have taken on more of a leadership role.

02/27/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Meet Moussa: West African farmer, trainer, wedding photographer, & reforestation advocate

Moussa, a participant in FRB’s West Africa 1 program, is a busy man. He is a farmer who, before he became involved with the program, didn’t own any animals. Now his family’s compound is full of goats, sheep, chickens and pigeons. As an “indigenous animator” who encourages people to take charge of their own lives and livelihoods, he is a leader in his own community development group. He also regularly visits several other groups to help them keep on track for what they’ve planned to accomplish each year.

Moussa is an advisor to the mayor’s office, a savvy businessman, investor and entrepreneur who, thanks to a microcredit loan from the program, bought a camera and video camera and is now a village wedding photographer!

“Whenever there are any ceremonies in the nearby towns, people call me and I film and photograph their events,

01/17/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

A message from FRB's West Africa 1 Program

Thank you to World Renew and local partner, Showing Everyone Love, for their wonderful series of video's on the West Africa 1 program. In a very challenging context where security is a issue, this program is working to improve production of, access to, and use of food in 55 villages, through training on tree preservation and reforestation, improved cooking stoves, gardening and nutrition, the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method for planting rice, micro credit funds, raising chickens and health and hygiene.

09/25/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Djibo's dreams come true in West Africa

A few years ago, Djibo and his family shared some of their dreams with a visitor. "I hope one day to have a cell phone and a motorcycle, and that our community group can do trickle irrigation," said Djibo. His wives added, "We hope our group can get a mill so we don't have to pound millet all day long." 

Since then, some of these dreams have become reality. Djibo bought a cell phone, which can mean the difference between safety and danger in remote communities, and helps him stay abreast of market pricing and more. Last January, Djibo’s community put in a solar-powered trickle irrigation system. They've begun planting vegetables, including onions and tomatoes, using this new system.

07/22/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

In The Gambia, a sustainable approach is the key to finishing well

As FRB’s multi-phase micro-gardening program in The Gambia comes to a close, participants will be able to carry on confidently with the help of a program-trained Private Service Provider (PSP). The program’s overall goal has been to enhance and sustain the livelihoods of at-risk people in peri-urban and urban areas of The Gambia by promoting soilless, organic, tabletop vegetable production using local resources.

07/12/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More