Guede Chantier, African sister eco-community

Jun 19, 14 Guede Chantier, African sister eco-community

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THURSDAY . SHARE EXPERIENCES

In an era of globalization when contact between nations often means exploitative relationships, damaging local ecosystems, economies and cultural diversity, eco-communities offer a way of building positive and humane connections between the global North and South. At Damanhur, we have a history of collaborations with international communities – the Damanhur School has a sister school Mancarroncito, Nicaragua for instance.

Senegal1Damanhur now has a sister city relationship with the eco-community Guédé Chantier, Senegal. We had the great pleasure of welcoming Dr. Ousmane Aly Pame, mayor of Guédé Chantier and President of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) Africa e Hamet Thial, who oversees agriculture for 100 villages and 45,000 people in that area. Ousmane and Hamet came to Damanhur for a ten-day visit in May, during which they formalized this twinning with Damanhur on Wednesday, May 28th. Together with Damanhurians, they elaborated ways of deepening a connection and supporting each others communities. It soon became clear that there are a lot of best practices to be shared between the two communities. Potential projects include sharing technical support for a seed bank in their community, which preserves and distributes organic seeds for nutrition as well Senegal5a medicinal plants, and food conversation for tomatoes and other abundant crops. Our friends from Senegal also participated in the Holistic City Festival in Modena during their visit to Italy, and Guédé Chantier also established a collaboration with the town of Vidracco, Italy.

Senegal, called the land of “Teranga” (hospitality) has 13 million inhabitants, the vast majority of which are Muslim. This West African country has a Ministry of Ecovillages that was established in 2008 with the intention to transform 14,000 rural villages into ecovillages. The eco-community of Guédé Chantier is part of this project. Guede treesWith 7,000 residents, it is part of a network of 40 ecovillages in the region. Ousmane has been mayor of Guédé Chantier since 2008, when it was transformed from a traditional village into an ecovillage. Dakar, the capital of Senegal, will host the Ecovillage World Summit 2014 from December 10 – 15, 2014, with the goal of sharing good practices worldwide and developing a plan of action for ecovillages in the next decade.

The sisterhood between Damanhur and Guédé Chantier has been a valuable way to connect with a community that is similar to Damanhur in some ways, and in others, quite different. One of the many things we in common… we both use technology to stay in touch with our friends and supporters and build the community movement, with e-newsletters and Facebook pages! Here’s the Guédé Chantier Facebook page

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Next week’s Share Experiences article continues the exploration of our sister eco-community:

What is it like in Guédé Chantier, Senegal?

 

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2 Comments

  1. Erin /

    Is there some kind of way to know where the ecovillages are in Africa or other parts of the world connected to Daamnhur so when I am traveling I can go viist them?

    • We are active as a member of the Global Ecovillage Network, an international network of ecovillages and communities who come together for annual regional conferences, have fun and learn a lot by visiting each others communities, share best practices and exchange resources. You may find out more about GEN here. http://gen.ecovillage.org/ It’s one of the ways to see what communities Damanhur is connected with. You may also read more about our worldwide community connections and friends in the Share Experiences section of the blog. http://archive.damanhurblog.com/category/new-categories/share-experiences/ Good luck and happy travels! con te

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