29 April 2015
ABC successful exhibit in the 2015 Dakar, Senegal Ag. Fair
I am back from a very successful trip to Senegal at the 16th annual FIARA (International Agriculture and Animal Resources Fair), a 15 day event, followed by in country well drilling workshops (more pics) later. I was with my partner Greg all the way from Utah. Some wonderful times of hard work, meetings, tourism, food and longing for more Africa.
After the wonderful promotional pics from the fair in Dakar, we went on a drilling mission in the Northern Senegal, precisely in a little village called Ndiaffane in Ourossogui County in Matam Region, about a mile from Mauritania border. Temperature ranged close to 45-47C; a Death Valley mimic!
Look at the resilience of the women carrying buckets of water to fill more than thousand liter basin used for drilling. A feast of delicacy during the drive to feed the drilling team, trainees and observers. The tea and the sweeten sour cream drink were heaven in this hell fire. Yet, these brave women were still elegant, smiling and cheering under the tent in the desert.
This is one of the places we plan to return to drill more wells. A place of hope where everything could grow if the pristine and untapped water is made available as pointed out Greg, our drilling engineer all the way from Utah.
Thank you to brother Greg my partner from Outback Energy Systems, Hinckley, Utah, to Robert Riley, our partner in Houston, Ndiaga Lo of Africa 2000 Freight Forwarding, Houston, to Ousmane Ndiaye our in country mechanical engineer and his team of hardworking, talented apprentices and foreman. To nephew Papa Abdou and lovely wife Mbathio and Moussa Faye. You all are my heroes! But those women remain our inspiration. To Al and Waly, ABC board members.
Please join in to bring water to the ones that feed us: the farmers and herders. The men and especially the African women…the Amazons!
Special Thanks to USAID Yaajeende (Todd, Dr. Sene and team) for the opportunity provided to us to share and contribute.
Africa Bound Corporation Trip Report to Hinckley, Utah
Oct. 11-16, 2011
By Dr. D. D. Faye, ABC Founder/President
On behalf of Africa Bound Corporation/Senegal Neem Foundation, Dr. D. D. Faye sponsored his own trip and expenses to visit Mr. Greg Lesher, wife Dana Lloyd and their five beautiful children (Grace, Charlene, Sara, Rachel and Jacob) in an effort to practically meet after a more than a year of Internet and phone communication.
The family lives within their 30-acre land in the Utah High Desert, 9.5 miles west of Hinckley, a town in Millard County in the middle of the Sevier Desert. According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinckley,_Utah), the mountains that are common in Utah, are seen only in the distance, and beyond the reach of the river, a severe desert prevails. The population was 698 at the US 2000 Census.
My regular phone and email correspondence with Greg allowed me to learn more about his keen interest in sustainable development and love to make a difference by sharing his ample knowledge of not only survivorship, but also self sufficiency; effort and practice he initiated and endure for seven years now. Just picture an electricity and water free world in the middle of the desert…for years now, and counting.
During my visit, I had the chance and opportunity to meet some of Greg’s think tank friends and associated whose insight for sustainable development through simple and efficient technologies, contacts and practical approaches have made me a true believer. A good example is a short class in a frigid afternoon on the hill side of the mountain in Oak City, where Mr. Sid Ogden an inventor and emergency specialist taught me how to build and use a simple car battery powered pvc tubing device to make chlorine from slat water in less than 15mn. A small feat for Mr. Ogden, but a deeper far sight of application in Africa in rural area where need for water treatment is usually lacking.
Dana has already approached a seed manufacturing company who already pledged a $2,000 worth of real (no GMO) garden seeds for Africa Bound Corporation to give to women in Kedougou and other parts of Senegal in the effort for food security. Dana has also embarked in helping ABC in its It’s All About Kids youth outreach program by engaging into gathering funds and/or school supply for a school in Kedougou/Tambacounda area (eastern Senegal) under the leadership of Mr. Boye Diallo, a young entrepreneur and community development advocate, vice-president of the Kedougou Chamber of Commerce.
During the visit, the following topic and project guidelines were discussed for Kaolack:
1- Inventory of Greg’s technology and application in the future Rural Institute for Vocational Trade and Apprenticeship in Kaolack City, Senegal
2- Walangane Drilling Rig: model concept, design and building of a prototype
3- Solar System for rural area using flexible panels with individual diodes for better sun ray/heat optimization
4- Salt Cracker: Chlorine/bleach manufacturing. A cottage industry in rural area
5- Sun oven fabrication and possible collaboration with the SunOven company
6- Grey water purification using stepwise pond filtration for pisciculture
7- Sun heat harvesting for house, water and greenhouse using recycled materials for 100% carbon free 24 hour heat
8- Ice making for cottage industry
9- Soil reclamation and Water Holding Capacity Enhancer using Contours Ripping Techniques
10- Biogas/Methane harvesting from organic garbage for the Keep Kaolack Beautiful program
11- Organize fundraising events (drilling workshop, selling products,…) for Spring exploratory trip to Senegal
12- Authoring a compendium of Appropriate and Transferable Technology describing all these innovations and Dr. Faye’s
13- Solar seawater and unusable water distillation
14- Include these person-resources in the Friends of ABC Team or as Technical Advisors. This effort will be made official by letter. This present report can be subject to addendum and posted in the ABC site if needed.
Cedar Creek, TX, this Oct. 24, 2011
Reported by D. D. Faye