Thies' Camp SeneGIRL 2014: Inspiring Future Women Leaders
The third annual Camp SeneGIRL kicked off 14-19 September 2014 in Nguekhokh near Mbour. The Thies, Dakar and the Petite Côte Work Zones collaborated to organize this very special Girls' Leadership Camp. Peace Corps Volunteers invited 50 top female students from middle schools across the region.
The campers, led by five Senegalese counselors and 12 volunteers, participated in activities that stretched their imaginations and built their confidence. The volunteers organized this year's camp with four theme days: Our Health, Our Environment, Our Money and Our Future.
'Our Health' Monday
The campers discussed dental hygiene and healthy eating. A local nurse led a question and answer session which included an anonymous question portion and the roles of women in Senegalese society. The day wrapped up with a Senegalese/American dance party highlighting a very important component of staying health: exercise!
'Our Environment' Tuesday
Agriculture volunteers and their Senegalese counterparts led interactive gardening, planting and green spaces demonstrations. Campers took a trip to the mangroves to encourage environmental awareness. The girls salvaged plastic bottles and cups then repurposed them as planters for flowers and herbs.
'Our Money' Wednesday
Community Economic Development volunteers familiarized campers with the basics of business and the importance of managing money. These volunteers and counterparts led demonstrations of income-generating activities including creating moringa powder and small handbags using recycled fabrics. Games and discussions followed with local businesswomen. They further inspired the girls to think creatively and concretely about their futures.
'Our Future' Thursday
The campers were inspired to think critically about career planning. Counselors posed the questions: What do you envision for your career? What are your wildest dreams? What steps do you need to take to achieve your goals? One of the most popular sessions was a career panel of professional Senegalese women, who discuss their personal journeys and answer questions for the girls.
Great job participating Peace Corps Volunteers Leigh, Brian, Cecelia, Rhianna, Danny, Gary, Dellie, Kristen, Tim, Sarah, Faith and Jessica.
A special thank you to everyone who so generously donated to the PCPP grant that made this camp possible. Stay tuned for details on supporting the 2015 Camp SeneGIRL!
For more information and photos please visit the camp blog at http://campsenegirl.wordpress.com/.