© Ingeborg Pint

The 20th anniversary of the Naturefriends House Petit Mbao, Senegal – a colourful and cheerful celebration against an alarming background

Senegalese Naturefriends and partners, including a high-level representative of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature), a small group of Naturefriends from Germany and Austria, six "false lions", a group of drummers from the village, a delegation of the "Women of Kamb" and a colourfully dressed women's group "Mbao Force" celebrated together the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Naturefriends House "Maison des Amis de la Nature Alioune Diagne Mbor". It was not big event, but a colourful and cheerful celebration.
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Peinda Faye (Photo: Jens Herbst)

Strong Women in Senegal - an update after 10 Years (by Ingeborg Pint)

Exactly ten years ago, after a series of impressive trips to Senegal that I had the pleasure of accompanying, I portrayed four women who, to me, were exemplary in different areas of Senegalese women’s empowerment and commitment to independence. On a recent trip, I was able to visit two of these strong women again with the group I accompanied and to see how they have progressed over the past ten years.
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Photo: ASAN

Youth Meeting in the Landscape of the Year Senegal/Gambia

Thanks to funding from the Naturefriends Offenbach, Frankfurt/Main and Wiesbaden (Germany), a new meeting of students took place in the Landscape of the Year 2018-2020 Senegal/Gambia. The first meeting already took place in 2019. In 2021, the young people met again at the Naturefriends' House in Petit Mbao, and now again in the region of the Landscape of the Year: from 24 to 26 February in Koungheul (Senegal) and from 10 to 12 March in Janjanbureh (Gambia).
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Photo: Christian Berneron

Landscape of the Year Senegal/The Gambia four years after the inaugural event

It has been four years since the Landscape of the Year launch event in January 2018 and two years since the last international trip. In January 2020, we had just heard about a virus in China and hardly anyone could have guessed that this virus would still be keeping us on our toes around the world in January 2022. In January 2021, Naturefriends International (NFI) organised a virtual excursion to the Landscape of the Year (https://tourismlog.respect.at/category/virtuelle-reise-2021/). And for the end of January/beginning of February 2022, a small group got together to travel to the Landscape of the Year again, despite the still prevailing Corona conditions. Here is the report from Ingeborg Pint, who also prepared and accompanied this trip, together with Mamadou Mbodji and Djibi Seydi.
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Dance performance "Faux Lion" in Janjanbureh (© Rainer Kula)

Images from the „Tour d’Horizon 2018”

Rainer Kulla, Naturefriends Hamburg (Germany), has design a photo exhibition about the Tour d´Horizon – the Naturefriends´ tour to the first Landscape of the Year in Africa in January 2018. The focus of the exhibition lies on the people, locations and cultures of the Landscape of the Year.
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