From 2007 to the present, we have worked on many projects with the aim to provide the humanist centres and the homes of the villages with solar energy.
We supplied the humanist centres of Ndiadiane, Tataguine and Sossop (Senegal) and Ballanghar (Gambia) with 0.5 KW solar panels.
In 2008, we promoted a solar powered pumping irrigation project in Ndiadiane. However, this project was of low effectiveness due to the continuous technical works needed to remove silt and sand blockages from the pumps engines. In 2015, we trasferred the panels in Gambia to illuminate the Ballanghar humanist centre.
Since 2008, about 1500 solar panel lamps have been distributed across the countrysides in order to enlighten homes during the night.
In 2015, we started a collaboration with Litter of Light which will allow the several humanist centres and homes to be provided with new lighting devices.
Energia dalla Terra project
Providing the humanist nursery school children in Sossop, Ndiadiane, Tataguine, Bandulou (Senegal) and Ballanghar (Gambia) with food.
- ORGANIC COMPOST; animal excrements and composting.
- PLANTING of local species, depending on climate and soil, such as fruit trees (oranges, lemons, mango, papaya, guava, apples, bananas, medicinal plants etc..), leguminous plants (broad beans, soy, chickling peas, etc…), starch plants and tubers (cassava, yam, onions, etc…) and season vegetables. To be considered: watermelon, millet, bologi, madd (saba senegalensis), sunflower, cram cram, lime, cucumber, moringa, pepper, carrot and some types of legumes to enrich the soil with nitrogen.
- IRRIGATION: We already have a 1-3 mc water well in each humanist centre. If the economies permit it, drip irrigation or sub-irrigation system will be installed. In addition to those, methods for rainwater recover such as cisterns and tanks placed on different gravitational levels will be adopted.
- Seed harvest and recovery
Our choice to use local seeds is due to both their terrain adaptation capability and to our idea of preserving the characteristics of local seeds.
- Conservation methods
Exsiccation and natural harvest preservation.
The project started in Ballangar (Gambia) and Sossop (Senegal) at the end of 2015 and we are counting on progressively expanding in the other centres in 2016/2017.
Besides the big centres we built in the cities, since 2001 we started to care about the poorer rural communities. In these areas, we created multi-purpose humanist centres acting as nursery schools during the day, as learning centres in the afternoon and as gathering points for the micro-credit activities and the village committee during the evening.
Nursery schools are attended by a great number of children (350 in the rural areas) and the problem of their nutrition is extremely serious. Without food, children happen to have low concentration and the effort they need to make to walk to school and back home (up to 2-3 km under the sun) is very discouraging and leads to their withdrawal from school.
Moreover, the opportunity for the children to eat one meal a day would increase the approval of their parents to send them to school.
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