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Water and Sanitation

Since Jef Jel’s origin, one of the key focus points has been providing fresh water and acceptable sanitation to the communities.  Prior to this support, fresh water was gathered in buckets from distant, deep wells and transported back to the village on the heads of the women of Ndangane.  Sanitation did not exist and was…

Tractor

With the tractor financed by Jef Jel, the community of Ndangane can create jobs, allow the cultivation of more land and generate income. The community provides a driver and maintains the tractor.  When not in use by Ndangane, the tractor and driver serve other communities (on a pay for service basis) who can benefit from…

Solar Projects

  Jef Jel contributes the solar paneling and solar lighting to the local community to provide around the clock power and lighting to individual family huts, schools, and medical facilities.  After providing the necessary training through Jef Jel, this equipment is now installed by members of the Ndangane village. With the addition of lighting, people can…

Microfinance

The Women of Ndangane are enthusiastic entrepreneurs and have taken advantage of the Jef Jel Microfinancing opportunities to start their own businesses.  So far most of the businesses are agricultural- growing, harvesting and selling fresh produce.  Once they begin to generate a profit, the women have been diligent about paying back the loans.  

Threshing Machine

The financing of the threshing machine by Jef Jel has added another opportunity for Ndangane to create jobs and generate income for the community.  The threshing machine is specifically designed quickly strip the harvested millet of its grain so that it can be taken for further processing and end up as meals on the table.…

Education

Supporting the villagers in Ndangane and the community of Latmingue, Jef Jel financed and the local community constructed two school house buildings. The schools are named for Aida Loum, a nurse in the community who is responsible for managing the activities and finances of Jef Jel, and Bobby Rickman, a long time supporter of the…

Anna Daniel Girls’ Scholarship Program

The Anna Daniel Girls’ Scholarship Program, recognizes young girls who show exceptional ability to succeed in the academic environment. This scholarship pays for their primary school tuition. The program has provided scholarships to more than 20 students to date. Anna Daniel is the great great great granddaughter of George Washington Scott. Mr. Scott gave money…

Health Care

Health Care Jef Jel has played and continues to play a significant role in refurbishing many of the local medical facilities and constructing new facilities.  In addition, Jef Jel is contributing a significant supply of disposable medical supplies and durable medical equipment to the medical facilities within the Kaolack Region. Examples of the refurbishment and…

Millet Machine

The Millet Machine was one of the first investments that started in 2005 made by Jef Jel for the community.  It grinds the millet harvested from the fields into flour for so it can be used to cook many of the meal staples in Senegal.  Millet can be prepared like rice, substituted for potatoes when cooked with more liquid,…

Fruit Trees

Since 2015 Jef Jel has provided the funds for the local community to purchase and plant various types of fruit trees in the Ndangane family compounds. The types of trees include lemon, mango, and banana.  The villagers often challenge each other to see whose trees grow the largest.  Growing these trees, especially in the early years,…