Working to CREATE! a Better Future in Rural Senegal

Center for Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technology for the Environment

Working to CREATE! a Better Future in Rural Senegal

Center for Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technology for the Environment

CREATE!  Climate Change Projects in Rural Senegal

Working Towards a Better Future

The Center for Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technology for the Environment (CREATE!) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that collaborates with rural villagers in Senegal to help them build a sustainable future for their families as they cope with water, food, and fuel shortages resulting from the impacts of climate change on their communities. We believe that meeting basic human needs and responding to the effects of climate change go hand-in-hand. By implementing climate change projects in rural Senegal, we aim to help communities gain access to clean water, energy, food, and income using local and renewable technologies and strategies that combat the effects of climate change and empower families to improve their livelihoods for generations to come.

A Participatory Approach

CREATE! is about self-development and participation. Our team of field technicians works closely with partner communities to provide training and support in the four sectors of our climate change projects: water, agriculture, renewable energy, and income generation. The CREATE! program requires a high level of commitment and community organization from participants in our climate change projects, ultimately enabling them to become self-sufficient and able to teach and empower others using the training and skills they’ve gained.

Local Impact, Global Awareness

Communities in rural Senegal bear an enormous brunt of global climate change impacts through desert encroachment and decreasing rainfall that results in shorter growing seasons. Deforestation compounds these issues, yet communities need to continue collecting wood for cooking and building homes and other community infrastructure. Thus, CREATE! implements participatory climate change projects to develop solutions to these interconnected challenges, such as using tree planting programs alongside improved cookstove trainings, community garden cooperatives, and solar-powered pumps in community wells. Our philosophy is that solutions to the challenges faced by rural villages in Senegal do not need to come at an environmental or social cost; rather, responsible and long-lasting changes can be made that benefit local communities as well as the local environment.

OUR SECTORS

water climate change projects

Water

Village Well Rehabilitation & Solar Pumps

community gardens climate change projects

Community Gardens

Sustainable Crop Cultivation Training

renewable energy climate change projects

Renewable Energy

Fuel-Efficient Cookstoves & Tree Planting

income generation climate change projects

Income Generation

Voluntary Saving & Lending Associations

CREATE! ’S IMPACT

(Based on the 2016 Annual Report)

People Gained Access to Clean, Affordable Water

Improved Cookstoves Built in Partner Communities

%

Reduction in Firewood Consumption through Use of Improved Cookstove

Hours of Labor Saved by Women in Partner Communities Each Day by Using Improved Cookstoves

Trees Planted

Pounds of Vegetables Harvested

VSLA Participants

Cooperative Garden Participants

Chickens Sold – Over 90% Sold in Partner Communities

CREATE! ’S IMPACT

(Based on the 2016 Annual Report)

People Gained Access to Clean, Affordable Water

Improved Cookstoves Built in Partner Communities

%

Reduction in Firewood Consumption through Use of Improved Cookstove

Hours of Labor Saved by Women in Partner Communities Each Day by Using Improved Cookstoves

Trees Planted

Pounds of Vegetables Harvested

VSLA Participants

Cooperative Garden Participants

Chickens Sold – Over 90% Sold in Partner Communities

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WHAT’S NEW

Building Solidarity and Helping Others

Mbene Fall, 67, is a fish and vegetable seller from the community of Fass Kane. Before her village partnered with CREATE!, she would buy and resell goods on the Kaolack market nearly 20 km away. As a widow supporting a family of 8, it was hard to makes ends meet. But things changed after her community partnered with CREATE! in 2010.

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Women and Climate Change in Senegal

In recent years, the topic of women and climate change has been gaining momentum across global discourse. But for the women in our partner communities in rural Senegal, it’s a very real issue that has been impacting their lives for decades.

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Senegalese Independence Day

Yesterday, April 4th, CREATE!’s field team in Senegal had the day off to celebrate Senegalese Independence Day. The annual holiday marks the historic day in 1960 that the nation finally became independent from France after three centuries under colonial rule. Gaining...

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Contact Us

CREATE!
132 East Broadway, Suite 416
Eugene, Oregon 97401

(541) 603-0522

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