Epicenter Infrastructure in Senegal

The epicenter is a dynamic center of community mobilization and action, as well as an actual facility built and operated by community members.

The Epicenter Strategy achieves synergy among programs in health (including HIV/AIDS prevention), education, adult literacy, nutrition, improved farming and food security, microfinance, water and sanitation, and building community spirit with a momentum of accomplishment involving the entire population. Much of this relies on the physical infrastructure of the epicenter as a community and resource center.

Eight of the epicenters in Senegal have signed property deeds and seven have an L-shaped building – both of which are important steps towards self-sufficiency.

The average size of the epicenter farm is about one hectare, in which sustainable farming and irrigation technique demonstrations are held and food is grown for the food bank. Three of the epicenters have electricity and one uses solar power. All epicenters have computers, cellphone service, at least one land line telephone, and internet access. Eight of the epicenters have an office and one has a dormitory.

All of the epicenters have a community hall and seven rent out their epicenter space to the public, while five rent out chairs. All but one of the epicenters offer public-use cellphones and three offer health insurance.