- Focus: Education & Women’s Empowerment
- Location: Somone (Senegal)
- Start date: Early 2021
- Club / Union : Soroptimist Club of Treviglio-Pianura Bergamasca (Italy)
- Number of women/girls this project reached/will reach: 100
ENVOL + is the name of a nursery and a kindergarten located in Somone village, 70 km South of the city of Dakar, the capital of Senegal. The village was originally inhabited by fishermen but lately developed into a tourist area with the construction of hotels and residences in the nearby seaside of Saly Portudal and this required hiring staff to be employed in touristic facilities.
Hence, since then, job opportunities have been possible for many women which implied the need to create a structure able to welcome children during the days mothers are working.
In April 2019, an association of families, volunteers and supporters was formed to arrange a disused area in the center of the village right next to the town hall and the structure was officially inaugurated in July of the same year. Joëlle Verot, a retired French teacher is the President of the association and the Director of the kindergarten.
During this year, the number of children enrolled was 74, in addition to 7 employees, a trainee and several volunteers working on alternative days. Requests to place children are constantly increasing and therefore, the project for the expansion of two classroom was born. The expansion will house the section for older children and enable the implementation of a canteen. Currently, children bring their lunches from home, but quite often it is an inadequate diet.
The expansion works have started recently but there is no funding for the furnishing of the two new classrooms, the nursery and the canteen. The necessary budget has been calculated and reached 5000 euros. This amount will allow the purchase of various materials: tables, chairs, benches, fans, computers, mats and kitchen equipment.
Evaluation – Follow-up
SI Treviglio-Pianura Bergamasca has a friendship link with SI Dakar and has already supported several projects in Senegal, including the supply of seeds equipment for a group of women who grow vegetables in a small village near the village of Gnagagnau. Since last year, SI Treviglio-Pianura Bergamasca has started investing in the Somone kindergarten with the supply of a printer and various supplies. The Italian Soroptimists ensure ongoing operational support the women and mothers of Somone enabling them to reach economic independence.
The project will be followed by Mrs Graziella Borroni, the person of contact of SI Treviglio-Pianura Bergamasca but lalso by SI Dakar.
Thank you to the following Clubs/Unions:
Soroptimist Club of Dakar (Senegal)