Monthly Archives: December 2019

The New Library

We have been in need of extra teaching space in the Centre. So recently we combined the resource room, which was used to aid the younger members of the Centre in developing their French ability with the help of the Centre’s Young Leaders, and the library. Moving each of the shelves was no easy task, neither was reorganising the books back onto the shelves, making sure to keep the French books from the English,.

However with the job now done the library is always packed with members wanting to read and borrow books. Our younger members enjoy the French stories about some of their favourite characters like “Akissi” and our adult members are taking full advantage of our English learning resources. Also with these two rooms now combined the centre now has an extra room which can be used as a classroom to carry out different activities and lessons.

The Container

A 40 foot shipping container arrived here from Ashwell last month! This was the result of a lot of hard work from some very generous people who volunteered their time to help hand pack each of the donated resources into the container. Unfortunately some chairs had to remain behind as even a 40 foot container couldn’t hold everything that had congregated in the garden of Kirby Manor.

  • 20th Sep. A 40 foot container lorry parked up in Kirby Manor garden at 9.15. After 3 hours we had half filled it.

The packing at Kirby Manor took around 6 hours, however the unpacking at Diapalante, Kaolack took little less than 2 hours thanks to the overwhelming number of volunteers who showed up to help unload and lift the resources into the centre.

Chairs were the first to come when the doors were opened, followed by tables, computers, whiteboards, crafts materials, cabinets of various sizes, more chairs and many more resources the centre and its members are very thankful for.

For a time the Centre was very cluttered and one could hardly move about a room without thinking that somehow they had stumbled into an obstacle course, but now the clutter has been organised and the centre is once again in full swing enjoying and taking advantage of what it now has. Special thanks to anyone who was able to participate in donating goods or helping the container make its way to Senegal.

  • Weeks later our container arrived in Kaolack.