WELCOME TO CENTRE FAGARU
Centre Fagaru is a 30 hectares property facing superb mangrove covered creeks that connect the site to the numerous islands of the Saloum River Delta, which is designated as a UNESCOs World Heritage Site. An old sacred grove covers half of the property. The taboos and myths surrounding this tiny little place have contributed to the preservation of a superb forest, one of the last remaining biological hotspot of the region with endangered species of plants and animals. The sacred grove is one of the last viable habitats for the Red colobus (Procolobus badius temmincki), a vulnerable primate species threatened by the destruction of the tropical gallery forests, which constitute its natural habitat.
Therefore, a strong conservation ethic is at the heart of the creation of Centre Fagaru and the conservation and development programme recognises the need for a multi-dimensional approach that takes into account the fragility of ecosystems and habitats while simultaneously fostering sustainable community development.
Unencumbered by any industry, pollution or population, Centre Fagaru is suitable for educational travel, retreats and eco-holidays.
Fagaru is a term and a concept in Wolof (one of the national languages in Senegal) meaning self-empowerment; and often implies empowering individuals and communities to take control of their own situation. Fagaru as a concept acknowledges the necessity to enhance attitudinal capabilities and harness on communities resources to properly address and solve complex social challenges.
As a community action tool Fagaru is well-rooted in the cultural heritage of many ethnic groups in Senegal. It is called upon in many and diverse critical situations to raise awareness and convene individuals and social groups to join forces to address specific societal challenges.
Therefore, the choice of the name Centre Fagaru to designate the rural community centre created in 1998 to preserve and protect the indigenous forest at the site and to allow new occupational activities to emerge through the promotion of rural entrepreneurship and social innovation.