Abéné is home to around 5,000 people. It is the last undeveloped rural seaside village in Senegal. Nestled on the Atlantic coast, it’s just twelve kilometers from the Gambian border.

Abéné is a melting pot of different religions, cultures, and tribes. Yet they are united in their love of their village, their music, and their traditions.

Every year, the village plays host to Abéné Festivalo – a feast of music, dance, and theatre. Visitors, musicians, and performers from all around the world come to Abéné to experience this celebration of joy and kinship.

However, outside of festival time, life in Abéné is a simple one. Only 20% of the village has access to electricity – a supply that is patchy and incredibly expensive.

The village economy is heavily reliant on fishing and artisanal work – work that is seasonal and dependent on luck as well as skill. Many of the young men in the village leave their families to find more regular income.

There is one school in the village. The 700 pupils in the school are bright, energetic, and eager to gain an education. But with limited teaching supplies, it’s up to the ingenuity of the teachers to make learning come to life.

The medical centre often has no electricity to power the fridge storing medicines. With only one trained nurse, and no access to the most basic supplies, the facility can only offer the most rudimentary care.

Abéné is rich with natural resources. Our goal is to empower and aid the village to harness this abundance and transform their community.

This is just the beginning.

Join us on our journey to empower the people of Abéné – helping them take advantage of the
wealth of resources around them.