Africa is changing, and it is changing quickly.
Every day, we see stories of desperate journeys undertaken by those trying to find a better life. We believe that life is possible anywhere, if people are given the opportunity to create it.
Lighting Up Lives is a project focused on helping Abéné, a small village in Senegal, develop into a sustainable community with a bright future.
Abéné is home to around 5,000 people. It is the last undeveloped rural seaside village in Senegal. Nestled on the Atlantic coast, it’s just twelve kilometers from the Gambian border.
Life in Abéné is a simple one. Only 20% of the village has access to electricity – a supply that is patchy and incredibly expensive.
The village economy is heavily reliant on fishing and artisanal work – work that is seasonal and dependent on luck as well as skill. Many of the young men in the village leave their families to find more regular income.
There is one school in the village. The 700 pupils in the school are bright, energetic, and eager to gain an education. But with limited teaching supplies, it’s up to the ingenuity of the teachers to make learning come to life.
The medical centre often has no electricity to power the fridge storing medicines. With only one trained nurse, and no access to the most basic supplies, the facility can only offer the most rudimentary care.
Abéné is rich with natural resources. Our goal is to empower and aid the village to harness this abundance and transform their community.
But this is not a project just about giving. This project is about building bridges.
Our mission is to learn from the wonders of Africa and its people – their connection to the land, their spirituality, and their energy.
In return, we are sharing our knowledge and tools to help the villagers of Abéné take advantage of the natural resources around them and build a village for the future.
We don’t want to define what they need or how they live. We want to offer little things that work. Little things that’ll make a big difference.