Hi Switzerland (in French), we are back! With the whole family, we wandered beautiful Lausanne, the capital of the Canton de Vaud. Of course, Aby and Mamie wanted to go shopping, but I insisted we go to the historical center first.
There, we passed a bookstore and in the window, there was a book titled “Ce test ADN qui a bouleversé ma vie” (“The DNA test that changed my life”). The children started to ask many questions about what DNA was and were curious to know more about this book. As I was at the cash desk, I saw a woman who looked very much like the one on the book cover. I approached her and she smiled back, saying that she was the author of the book indeed. I asked her if I could have an autograph and she kindly accepted, while offering to tell us more about her autobiography and why she wrote it. Continue reading “Béatrice Diop: the DNA test that changed my life”
SaDunya project (SaDunya means your world in Wolof) is aiming to give a voice and to spotlight people who change the world, one action at a time, thanks to their commitment, their humanity and their strong desire to inspire others to do the same, in their own way.
In Switzerland, I met Kati and Rodolphe, a sweet and generous couple with two children, who like to sail their boat on lakes, seas and rivers.
In 2004, when they were still young and wild, they decided to travel the world with their sailboat to discover new people and cultures. And because they wanted their trip to be fun and meaningful, they contacted a French association called Voiles Sans Frontières (VSF), which literally means Sails Without Borders. This NGO is dedicated to support isolated communities, which can only be reached by sea or river. Since 1997, VSF mainly works with Senegalese populations living along rivers Sine Saloum and Casamance. 1 Continue reading “From Firs to Baobabs, or when sailing has no border”
A while ago, along a little French road, I happened upon a young man on a bike, pulling a small trailer. His blue glasses and cheerful manner made me want to get to know him. After introducing ourselves, the 24 year old Olivier, a Frenchman, or, more precisely, a Moselle native, told me that he’d decided to tour France on his bike to meet people working to make the world a better place. People building their world? Well, that sounded interesting…
As he tells it, after a classical, “programmed” childhood, Olivier started wondering about the state of the world nowadays, and, particularly, wondering what people could do to free themselves from poverty, social inequalities, lies, the destruction of the environment… He soon realized that, even though they are not always very visible, a lot of people are wondering the same things and taking very concrete action to bring about change. Continue reading “International Day of Peace”
The Yoff beach clean up project on World Environment Day, on June 5th, was a huge success. Not only is the beach a lot cleaner than before – the members of Calebasse and the residents of Yoff picked up heaps of trash – the project also raised awareness and led to consideration of how important cleanliness is to health.
As a matter of fact, Yoff beach is kind of an open air dump. Everybody here knows that, but nobody actually says it: lots of people from other neighborhoods come to Yoff to dump their garbage, to the dismay of the Lébous who live here. As the women selling fish on the beach told me, their customers are fewer and farther between, because the reeking garbage drives them away. Not to mention the negative effects it has on the health of the women and children who spend their days on the beach, the sheep that eat the plastic lying around… And, of course, all that filth ends up getting into the surrounding homes, carrying diseases in with it.