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wednesday, september 26:

ShelterBox is sending disaster relief tents and other lifesaving supplies to families affected by the widespread flooding in Senegal.  The organization is working with the First Lady's charity, Foundation Servir Le Senegal.

Following the recent flooding in Senegal, an exhibition center in the capital, Dakar, is housing many families who lost their homes."It seems organized with medical centers, shared cooking facilities, well managed waste and fresh water on site," said ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member Ed Owen (UK). "But the roof leaks every time it rains, making everything and everyone wet.

"Not only this but the center has to be vacated in a few weeks and there won't be anywhere for them to live."

Foundation Servir Le Senegal (Fss) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ShelterBox in an effort to bring shelter to the most vulnerable displaced families in and around the capital.

With the assistance from Fss, ShelterBox is sending disaster relief tents, solar lamps, ground sheets, water filters and carriers, and mosquito nets to Dakar, bringing shelter and dignity to families who lost everything in the floods.

SRT member Rick Commiso (US), who lives in country, will be working with Fss to identify a suitable site to set up camp.

Through the MoU, Fss has agreed to supply members of the Senegalese military to assist the response team in putting up the tents and organizing the camp.

"I'll train the volunteers before the tents arrive so the camp to be set up quickly and efficiently," said Rick.

Tuesday, september 25:

The team carried out needs assessments of the affected areas but there is no immediate need as the displaced families are staying in schools and an exhibition centre until six weeks time when they will have to leave as schools start again. ShelterBox will reassess the situation in six weeks time. The team have returned, apart from Rick who lives in country and will continue to monitor the situation.

thursday, september 13:

Heavy rains in Senegal have caused widespread flooding in the capital, Dakar and other regions, claiming over 15 lives and leaving thousands of families homeless.

A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) has been assessing the need for emergency shelter in the West African country with assistance from the Senegal Red Cross. Working with Ed Owen (UK) and Rick Commiso (US), SRT member, Sanchia Gallagher (UK) is on her first deployment:

"It has only been a few days into the deployment but I already feel like we have achieved a lot. Ibrahima Taye Thome from the Red Cross pointed toward three schools, which were being used as temporary shelters for people who had to leave their homes. After visiting two of the schools, it was obvious there was a need.

On the first day, the SRT went to the International Center for Foreign Trade of Senegal (CICES) in Dakar, where an internally displaced person (IDP) camp is currently housing 1,100 people.

"We were lucky enough to meet the First Lady, Marième Faye Sall, and members of her charity, Foundation Servir Le Senegal, who were running the camp. Subsequently, we arranged a meeting to discuss setting up camps for further displaced families and the possible distribution of ShelterBox disaster relief tents.

The Team is currently assessing if aid is needed in other affected regions of the country.

"It's been a really interesting and diverse couple of days and I have learned so much already. Seeing the affected areas and families on the first day is humbling.  It really brings it home what ShelterBox can do to help people and what a difference the tents can make.

"It was exciting but daunting to get the call on Friday, but I'm happy to be able to put my training into practice.  Hopefully, we will be in a position next week where we could be setting up camps.

"Rick and Keri, our interpreters, have been amazing and together we have made a lot of progress in a short amount of time."

Floods continue to affect other parts of West Africa including Niger, where ShelterBox also has a response team working collaboratively with partners to bring shelter to those families in need.

monday, september 10:

A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is assessing the need for emergency shelter in Senegal, following heavy rains that have caused flooding in various areas over the past few weeks.

Ibrahima Laye Thiome, the disaster management coordinator for the Senegalese Red Cross, contacted former US resident and SRT member, Rick Commiso, who lives in the West African country, to request ShelterBoxes for the affected regions.
"Dakar, the capital, has been hit pretty hard," said Commiso. "There are over 1,800 families displaced and currently staying in schools and other structures across the city.”

Commiso visited an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp housing hundreds of people, but many families who will need to leave the camp by the end of September or October have nowhere to return.
UK-based SRT members, Ed Owen and Sanchia Gallagher have joined Commiso in Senegal to assess the damage and need for emergency shelter and liaise with the Red Cross.