Searching for Synergy in Kédougou: Peace Corps Volunteers Promote their Cultural and Professional Prowess at a Local Partners Meeting

By Mike LaChance and Ian Yau
April 23, 2015
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From left to right: Peace Corps Volunteers Katie, Tess, Laurie, and Mike greet work partners at the door.

On April 16, 19 Peace Corps Volunteers in the Kédougou region hosted a meeting of government officials, NGO representatives, and Peace Corps Senegal staff. The impressive guest list included representatives from ADEMASAfricareCaritasCatholic Relief Services, La Lumière, World VisionUSAID, the Kédougou Chambre de Commerce and Chambre de Métiers, Yakaar AfricaYaajende, Eaux et Forets, and the head doctors from the regional and district health structures.

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Country Director Cheryl Faye, Associate Peace Corps Director Famara Massaly, Program and Training Assistant Adji Arama Thiaw, Volunteer Support Assistant Karamba Diaxaby, and Peace Corps Volunteers Mike and Caroline are greeted by local authorities.

The goal of the morning was to educate local actors about the role of Peace Corps volunteers in Kédougou, current Peace Corps-led projects, and the areas of potential collaboration. After introductions and a welcome from the deputy governor and PC Senegal Country Director Cheryl Faye, volunteers from each sector gave presentations on their work. Each organization gave a brief talk about their own projects, and then the group discussed the region's development at length.

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Country Director Cheryl Faye is greeted by local authorities.

The meeting of work partners was the first step in encouraging volunteers to establish close relationships with local development groups, as all parties involved resolved to improve their communication. The long-term hope is that the meeting will serve as a springboard to increase the efficiency of project implementation and the professionalism of the Peace Corps in Kédougou.


Partners meeeting
From left to right, back row: Peace Corps Volunteers Grant, Nick, Galen, Laurie, Lauren and Jake; front row: Peace Corps Volunteers Aaron, Jason, Emily, Chris, Katie, Taylor, Caroline, Volunteer Support Assistant Karamba Diaxaby, and Program and Training Assistant Adji Arama Thiaw attend the Kédougou work partners' meeting.
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A work partner signs in.
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Associate Peace Corps Director Famara Massaly connecting with work partners during a break.
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From left to right: Peace Corps Volunteers Anna, Aaron, Country Director Cheryl Faye, Program and Training Assistant Adji Arama Thiaw and Peace Corps Volunteers Grant and Caroline enjoy snacks during pause café.
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Place cards for work partners.

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