Yermande is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting environmental and economic sustainability in the Republic of Senegal by supporting community based reforestation, clean water, and economic development projects. Yermande is a word in Wolof, the most popular African language in Senegal. It is best translated as compassion, and describes the empathetic understanding that motivates people to help one another.
Yermande's strength lies in our small structure and close ties to the communities in which we work. Unlike many large charitable organizations, we have very low overhead and the funds we raise go directly to our projects. These projects are developed to address the specific needs of the community and we return to the villages years and year to insure our work forms the foundation of lasting positive change.
With your help we can continue to empower people in Senegal to improve their communities and environment.
We help people organize a program of sustainable reforestation within their own communities, giving them the chance to protect and reclaim their land and have greater control over their community's future.
We develop clean drinking water and irrigation projects based on renewable solar and wind power to greatly increase the quality of life and the economic viability of the communities in which we work.
We help organize community groups to work towards mutual economic development and environmental conservation. These groups work together using craftwork, reforestation, gardening and small commerce projects.
Your tax-deductible donation helps improve the lives of individuals and communities in Senegal.
Make a donation in any amount to the Yermande General Fund and your donation will be used to support current and future projects.
Fund a specific project through Yermande's Rolling Local Enterprise Loan Program. Your $100 donation becomes an interest free loan to a specific business project. When the loan is repaid, the money is redistributed to support additional local small business projects.
"During my eight years in Senegal, I have received many gifts from the communities in which I have lived. The greatest of these gifts have been knowledge, friendship, and guidance. I have also tried to give back to these communities by using my personal resources and hard work to counter the extreme poverty and environmental problems that exist in West Africa....
...Sometimes it's hard to know what to do in the face of the overwhelming problems of global poverty and climate change. Yermande's [projects are] a way for you to help make a positive change in the lives of African people. Please consider making a donation..."