Summer in Senegal
Denison University student Grace Bachmann '17 traveled to a village in Senegal to establish a solid-waste management system. Bachmann was funded for her work through the Davis Projects for Peace initiative, which funds 100 college students each year to design and implement projects that will help build peace across the world.
A first-year student from Worthington, Ohio, Bachmann traveled to Dindefelo, a remote village in southeast Senegal, to execute the two components of her project. Bachmann has previously spent a year in Dindefelo as a fellow of the prestigious Global Citizen Year Program, which sends diverse corps of fellows to developing countries during a “bridge year” after high school.
The components of Bachmann’s project are to establish a sustainable waste management system, where containers for inorganic waste will be collected and sorted in a newly established facility outside the system. She also educated them on best principals and practices of solid waste disposal, and of the village’s system in particular.
“Waste management is especially crucial in rural communities like Dindefelo, where few resources for processing garbage exist and where subsistence is rooted in the environment and agriculture,” says Bachmann. “The consequences of mismanaged waste economically stress villagers, in addition to compromising physical health and public sanitation. A customary short-term solution—openly burning trash in the village—releases toxins and can cause chronic health issues.”