Un banc un arbre (A bench a tree), Terres et Cultures Solidaires

Un banc un arbre (A bench a tree), Terres et Cultures Solidaires background

Overview

  • GOAL : CREATION OF SOCIAL LINKS THROUGH AN ENVIRONMENTAL APPROACH, TRAINING, EDUCATION AND JOB CREATION BY BRINGING TOGETHER ALL BENEFICIARIES AND LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS IN THE PROJECT
  • COUNTRY : Senegal (Africa)
  • DATE : 2018-2020
  • COMMITMENT : Access to energy for all and biodiversity
10,000 children
46 schools

The project

The project consists of building benches in schoolyards in the communes of Fimela and Diofior in the Fatick region of Senegal and at the Diofior hospital. School children and local people are invited to collect waste (rot-proof) and used tyres. These tyres are filled with the waste and then cemented into benches in schoolyards. A tree is planted in the middle of the circular benches to provide necessary shade. The project has environmental, societal, economic and social dimensions that involve all beneficiaries and local stakeholders in the creation, usage life and sustainability of the installation.

A 3-phase programme:

– 2016: 11 schools and 6 villages in Fimela
– 2018: 4 schools in Fimela and 11 in Diofior, with the support of the ENGIE Foundation. 150 m³ of plastic waste collected, 2,114 tyres used, 40 hours of environmental training, 8 full-time jobs over 5 months (masons, tile setters, coordinators, etc.).
– 2019-2020: a target of 14 schools, raising awareness amongst 100 children about “zero-carbon”, training of 28 teachers in project management. On the environmental front, 140 m³ of waste will be collected, 1,960 tyres reused and 140 trees planted. In terms of jobs, 18 full-time equivalent jobs will be created.

Role of the ENGIE Foundation

Terres et Cultures Solidaires is a non-profit association created in 2013, whose objective is to develop micro-projects related to education, the environment, health, training, local job creation and reforestation, to name a few, in Senegal. The association undertakes sustainable actions using local skills and expertise to meet local needs.
The Foundation has provided financial and logistical support for the project, which has a real local presence. The project is also supported and monitored locally by employees from the ENGIE Group (ENGIE INEO).