THE ROTARY CLUBS OF PLYMOUTH & DAKAR SOLEIL PARTNER TO SAVE LIVES!
Since 2008 the Rotary Club of Plymouth has been a key partner with their Friends of Senegal Project. This project has been a vehicle that has allowed other Rotary Clubs to help save lives in Senegal, West Africa. In 2010, Rotarian Ann Dillard oversaw the execution of the Matching Grant that was received from Rotary International in the amount of $48,000.
Buffalo, Dakar Soleil, Edina, Fairmont, Fridley-Columbia Heights, Hopkins, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Minnetonka, Monticello, Plymouth, Redwood Falls, Springfield, St. Cloud Granite, St. Louis Park Sunrise, St. Micheals/Albertville, Wayzata
SagePresence & Washburn High School French Students
ACCOMPLISHMENTS WITH THIS INITIAL GRANT
Provided and distributed 16,000 pre-treated mosquito bed nets to poor residents of Diokoul Kher in Rufisque, and surrounding areas in Senagal, West Africa
Provided medical supplies and equipment and established a 20-bed maternity ward at the Diokoul Kher Medical Center
Provide school supplies and equipment to Cite Radio Elementary School
SINCE THE INITIAL GRANT
Since the initial project was executed, the Rotary Club of Plymouth along with other Clubs have continue to support the work in Senegal in the following ways:
Purchased and distributed additional pre-treated mosquito bed nets
Provided electricity and a security system, renovated the bathroom, and provided funding to start the construction of the administrative wing which will include a media center, established the Hen House Project at Citi Radio Elementary School
Continue to provide medical supplies to the Diokoul Kher Medical Center where the maternity ward is located.
THE HEN HOUSE PROJECT
In 2012, the Minneapolis College of Arts and Design initiated the Hen HouseProject at the Citi Radio Elementary School with funding from multiple Rotary Clubs.
The purpose of this project is created to promote sustainability and to offer transferrable skills to students who are less like to further their formal education. Students purchase, raise and sell chickens to local business and residents. The proceeds are reinvested and also used to provide school supplies. The project is currently in its third cycle.
For more information about the Rotary Club of Plymouth please visit: www.rotaryplymouth.org.
COLUMBIA ACADEMY DIGITAL MEDIA CLASS
8th grade Media Arts students are working with Ann Dillard and "Project Safety Nets". They designed flyers that can be seen here: The three top designs are shown below. Students will be collecting donations through the holidays, then creating and designing care packages to be sent to students in Senegal, West Africa. Please send donations our way!
MINNEAPOLIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
Every year for five years now, Project Safety Nets has worked with a group of interns from the Aesthetics of Sustainability class at MCAD under the leadership of MCAD Professor Dr. Jerry Allen to help promote sustainability in Project Safety Nets. Through this partnership, these interns help outline the construction of a skills center for women and children in Njau, Gambia.
The images to the right and below are the outlines of the skills center created by the MCAD interns.
A leader is a person who has the vision and understands the consequences (importance/critical nature) of the small steps.
-Dr. Jerry Allen, MCAD Professor.
EDISON HIGH SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP
For their student led effort to build world peace, Soccer 4 Senegal, also known as Ballons d'Amitie was organized by the combined effort of students from Edison High School and Northeast Middle School in Minneapolis. Theses students raised $643,27 and sent soccer balls, pumps, soccer jerseys, shorts and socks to children at Cite Radio in Senegal, West Africa in a resounding message of friendship, health, fun, and happiness.
PEACHTREE RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS
PEN PAL LETTERS
French students from Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, Georgia collaborated with Project Safety Nets and wrote pen pal letters to students in Citi Radio Elementary School in Senegal. This action not only strengthened created global connections, but also helped the Peachtree Ridge students discover new and interesting things about Senegal such as the difference in length of the paper.
RIDGE'S GOT TALENT
Skyla Montgomery is one of the many french students at Peachtree Ridge High School who wrote a pen pal letter to Senegal. However, Skyla felt she could do more to contribute to Project Safety Nets and help those who benefit from our organization. She fulfilled that need by organizing a talent show she dubbed, Ridge's Got Talent. Tickets were sold for a dollar to attend the performance and resulted in a total amount of $116.
500 for 500
Clothing and Used Eye Glasses
Inspired by the story of the Talibe boys from founder of Project Safety Nets, Ann Dillard, students of the Pan African Student Association and the French Honors Society collaborated to organize and successfully execute the 500 for 500 clothing and used eye glasses drive. They collected 321 articles of clothing and 16 used eye glasses. For more infomation regarding this project, visit the project website linked below.