The members of the centre were treated to a playdoh-filled fun day thanks to those who bought the Diapalante christmas advent calendar. The morning was spent making the playdoh and learning about different types of measurements. In the afternoon everybody – young and older members alike – enjoyed creating a variety of creations – some very accomplished. The session ended with an introduction to electrical conductors and circuits – allowing members to make their work light up.
Thanks to the generous support of those who bought the Diapalante advent calendar, almost 100 of the members of Diapalante enjoyed an exciting evening of team games and races which was well appreciated by all! The activities lasted over three hours, sending everyone home thoroughly tired out from the running, dodging, and chanting! There will be more of these evenings to come and they are highly anticipated by members of all ages!
Hi there, this is Miriam and I’m one of the British volunteers at the Diapalante centre. Unfortunately, after recieving my offers for university in September I have to return to England in March to complete resits. I am deeply saddened to be leaving so soon but my time here in Senegal has been truly amazing and the centre has been even better than I could have imagined.
The centre has been exciting, challenging and the wide range of things we do here will not be something I will forget. From teaching pre-school children the alphabet and number to talks about internet safety with teenage members and complex discussions in English with advanced members about the education system, gender roles and future development opportunities in Senegal. The members also love the opportunity to get involved in sports and competition such as a recent football and bucketball tournament and mini sports day. Ultimately the work I have done here has also been incredibly rewarding seeing the difference we are able to make even in a short time. Whilst teaching I have learnt so much, the community has been so welcoming and the members are just incredible, helpful and eager to learn in every moment.
Diapalante has become my family and I will undoubtedly return to the centre and family here in the not too distant future. This is not the end of my relationhip with Diapalante but just the beginning as its work here is helping the students here more than you can imagine and the people I have met here have really changed my ideas and my outlook on life. I want to take this as an opportunity to thank everyone who contributes to Diapalante, Liz, Master P and my volunteer partner, Pippa.
It has been a very busy few weeks at the Diapalante centre, first welcoming a family from England and now we are lucky to be hosting the chair of Diapalante’s trustees – Liz Chandler. This has been a fabulous opportunity for the members to practice asking and phrasing questions and learning about different people.