Written by CorpsAfrica/Senegal Volunteer Mr. Wonderful Mulolo
It is the busiest and happiest time of the year in the region of Kaolack in Senegal. Most households in the rural areas of this region rely on agriculture as their main source of income. At this time of the year, they are occupied with the task of harvesting. Given the scorching heat in Kaolack, there is no better time to go to the farm than early in the morning whilst the grass is still wet with dew, if there is any dew at all. So usually, I wake up early in the morning to go to the farm with my family. We are mainly harvesting groundnuts and sorghum, however, we do pick up some hibiscus flowers and bean leaves once in a while. I must say, I like the tea that is made from the hibiscus flowers.
I live in a small village called Keur Sanou located in the Latmingue community of Kaolack. Groundnuts, sorghum, and maize are some of the common crops grown in the area. The village has a school, a health facility located nearby, a water supply, and the Sun. Yes, the Sun! It is our source of electricity. Unfortunately, without a solar lighting system, you will have to light a match stick at night in my village. Nevertheless, most of people prefer to stay outdoors a little longer at night, since it’s extremely warm indoors. At this time, the atmosphere is filled with joy and laughter as the people bond and connect. Though I might not fully comprehend and contribute much to the conversations going about, I surely do appreciate these moments.
Ever since the day I stepped into my community, I have been warmly welcomed by the people. My family constantly ensures that I feel at home and they have been supportive towards my learning of Wolof. They teach me new words every day and help me express myself better as days go by. I am confident I will be able to effectively communicate with them in no time and surely help them solve their challenges. I am glad to be a part of this amazing community, and I look forward to what lies ahead.