RED, WHITE, and GOU: Second Annual Kédougou Independence Day Tree Planting

By Anna French
June 22, 2015
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Community partners help to dig outplanting holes. Photo by volunteer Anna

This is the second year the Kédougou region Peace Corps Volunteers have hosted an honorary tree planting for the 4th of July, an opportunity for volunteers from all over the country to get together to celebrate our great country’s  independence with some hard work, hand in hand with the local community. Volunteers in Kédougou worked with the Mayor’s office, the Environmental office, the Agriculture office, Eaux et Foret, and various youth associations to organize a two-day tree planting in honor of U.S. Independence day. Together with many community counterparts and friends, volunteers planted and installed protective fencing for over 200 ornamental trees along avenues within the city of Kédougou, in an effort to beautify the city and to provide some shade. Special thanks to Karamba Diakhaby and Aliou Ndiaye for their collaboration on this project.


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Health Volunteer Lexi does her part. Photo by volunteer Anna
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Photo by Peace Corps Volunteer Anna
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Members of a local youth group outplant a tree and prepare the bamboo barrier that will protect it from animals. Photo by Peace Corps Volunteer Anna
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In preparation for the tree planting, Peace Corps Volunteers prepared transplants of a fast-growing, shade-giving tree species. Photo by Volunteer Anna
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Volunteer Support Assistant Karamba Diakhaby and Agroforestry Volunteer Ian pause to show off their coordinating work outfits. Photo by volunteer Anna
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"Family photo" of all local and Peace Corps Volunteers who took part in the tree planting. Photo by volunteer Anna

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