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

Experiencing Senegal

Greetings from Gossas! This week, CREATE! Communications Coordinator Andrea Willingham writes in from Senegal where she is working alongside our Senegalese staff and visiting the field sites for the first time, reflecting on her experiences.

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January Photo Highlights

January was a busy month for CREATE!’s field technicians in Senegal, as it often is this time of year. With winter’s cooler temperatures and the rainy season behind us, our technicians have been hard at work. Check out these latest photos from the field to see what they’ve been up to!

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Improving Living Conditions

Daba Séne, 45, of Keur Daouda, remembers a time when cooking the daily meal for her family of eight was a lengthy process. “When I used to cook with the traditional three-stone fire, the wood would burn up quickly and I’d have to keep adding more,” she says. She’d use about ten pieces of wood to cook one meal.

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Contact Us

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

(541) 603-0522

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