Founded in 2005 by Jibril and Dallo Fall, Yermande Inc. was born of a love for the people of Senegal paired with a first-hand understanding of the unique challenges facing communities there.
Their first projects centered around attempts to reverse the negative environmental impacts of deforestation due to rapid population growth. A community-based project in the village of Ndiguel successfully organized a group of local women to oversee the planting of 600 fruit tree seedlings and native plants which provided food, fuel, and additional resources which reducing pressure on the existing natural forest.
Additional projects to install a solar-powered well that provided clean drinking water for the village, the construction of a community building, and other successful economic development initiatives have demonstrated the transformative power of thoughtful, community-based organizing and investment.
Whatever the project, Yermande is committed to providing charitable support that will allow people in Senegal to take ownership of their own success.
Your tax-deductible donation helps fund current projects that give people in Senegal the resources they need to improve the lives of their families and communities.
One of Yermande's first projects was to organize a group of women from the village of Ndiguel to oversee the planting of 600 fruit-tree seedlings and native plants which now provide food, fuel, and materials while reducing pressure on the native forest.
In 2011 Yermande installed a solar water pumping system to provide plentiful water to the village of Ndigal Ndaiye. A water tower and system of pipes and faucets distributes water throughout the village.
Yermande helped build a women's cooperative building in Ndiguel Ndaiye. The village women have been working together to improve their community through economic development projects and additional reforestation. The building provides a safe space for these and other projects.
The creation of a tree nursery and community reforestation program in Thionk Essyl village. The poverty and insecurity caused by 30 years of separatist conflict has left the forest in this region exposed to rampant exploitation. Armed groups and profiteers cut forest of ancient trees to sell the lumber on the black market. The conflict is slowly ending and Yermande continues their campaign of reforestation and education, empowering the people to rebuild and maintain their forest resources.
Yermande supports 8 neighborhood women's organizations in the village of Thionk Essyl in Senegal's Southern Casamance region by offering to assist each one with a project of their choosing. Yermande provided chain link fencing for a community garden, the cement and other materials necessary to build a wall around a second garden project, and school supplies to local children.
Yermande arranged donations from a United States soccer program of professional jerseys for the local soccer club. This athletic club keeps the boys positively engaged and builds a strong sense of community.
Each of these projects brings simple and lasting change to these African communities. Our strength lies in our small structure and close ties to the communities in which we work. Please consider making a donation of any amount today and sharing our story and our mission with your friends and family. Thank you!