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! ABENE NEWS !
ABENE FESTIVALO 2010-2011: WHICH YOUTH FOR A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT The 17th edition will be on the theme "Environment and the Youth". View the programme. Please contact us if you would like to contribute the 17th edition of our annual event by offering sponsoring, suggestions for the chidren's creative workshops or simply passing on the information to your friends, family and community.
HEAVY RAINS DESTROY HOMES
Due to a combination of heavy rains and strong winds in 2009, over 20 households lost their homes, mostly mudhouses, which fell down. Thankfully neighbours helped those who had lost everything under the rumbles, some sheltering whole families, until they managed to build a new house. On the other hand, the rain meant that the fields were full of rice, beans, groundnut and millet, which helped the families be self sufficient throughout the year.
Ousmane Diabang, an accomplished Taekwondo Master, who qualified in Dakar with his own master, returned to his native village and opened the first club for adults and children. They did their first demonstration on 4th April during Senegal Independance day's celebration, and that did not go unnoticed.
A REAL TREAT IN ABENE
Finally a Mini Market in Abene! "Mini Market Gédi" is run by Frenchman Gérard and his wife Dienaba. A little treat of continental food and sweets, such as pasta, wine, cheese, frozen meat, yoghurts and chocolate. For the locals, these exotic foods coming from Europe are always worth a try! Also a selection of traditional local recipes such as jams, local fruit juices etc
NEW LOOK FOR CRAFT MARKET
The craft market is an oasis of calm where local artists make beautiful objects out of bush wood. There are also paintings, fabric and even local jam, shea butter and natural incense. The market has a new and more welcoming look and has also been provided with electricity.
ORDI-LAURIE CONNECTS ABENE TO THE WORLD
In February 2008, Laurie opened the first internet café in the village. The locals have warmly welcomed this initiative and are slowly coming to learn how to use a computer, open a email address, send messages and surf on the internet.
Laurie started initiation classes for Abene school’s teachers and locals, and would like to continue with teaching the schoolchildren. Extra services such as burning digital pictures on CD, recording the latest African tunes on mp3 players, and also copying, scanning, typing, printing and faxing are on offer.
Ordi-Laurie is located in the heart of the village and has become a key meeting point and information centre on events, concerts, places of interest and trips in the area, as well of as the festival of course.
The arrival of electrical power has contributed to the development of the village. Whilst remaining authentic and traditional in its way of life, Abene is able to offer services which were only available in the next larger market town Kafountine or the capital of Casamance, Ziguinchor. Young people have more faith in staying with their families rather than looking for work in big cities.