Since 2007, we have implemented several programs to provide solar energy in humanist centres and homes in the villages where we operate.
In Senegal we have equipped the humanist centres of Ndiadiane, Tataguine and Sossop with 0.5 KW solar panels, and in Gambia the one in Ballanghar.
In 2008, in Ndiadiane, we promoted a pump irrigation project powered by solar panels. This project was not very effective because of the continuous need for technical interventions due to the pump motor getting blocked with silt and sand. In 2015, we moved the panels to Gambia to illuminate the humanist centre in Ballanghar.
Village of Sossob
From 2008 to 2011, around 1,500 solar-powered lamps were distributed during various campaigns. This provided illumination inside the houses during the night.
In 2015 we started cooperating with Litter of Light, which equipped the streets and the houses in the villages of Ndiadiane, Tataguine and Sossop (Senegal) and Ballanghar (Gambia) with new LED 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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