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David Campbell sets up shop in Senegal.

My little sister works in D.C. for Wangari Maathai’s Green Belt Movement, and she and I share a lot of info on new developments in development work. When I told her I’m shipping out for Senegal in a couple of weeks to collect stories for World Ark about Heifer’s new projects there, she sent me a link to Staying Grounded on the Run. It’s a fantastic blog by her friend David Campell, a Peace Corps volunteer entering his second year in Senegal's hot and dusty Kedougou region.

His blog is a fun mix of the work he’s doing with communities there and the adventures he’s having along the way. Campbell stays crazy busy with projects that include a nut shelling operation and organizing against a mining company that’s endangering the health of local children.

In his free time, Campbell has so far survived an ultra-marathon bike trek through the thorny brush and a terrifying ambush by killer bees. In his latest posts, he shares stories and pictures about building his own thatched hut.

Campbell invites readers into his blog with this line: “I love to laugh, so come laugh with me in my hut!” How can you resist?

Check this site in a couple weeks to read about my trip to Senegal.


Austin Bailey

Austin Bailey is a writer and editor for Heifer's World Ark magazine.