The Guides and Scouts of Finland together with the Guides and Scouts of Senegal have organized two partnership and youth exchange projects in Senegal: Woomal1 in 2009-2011 and Woomal2 in 2012-2014. The name Woomal comes from the Wolof-language and means development.
The main aim of these projects has been to increase environmental awareness. During the project’s environmental education was organized in Senegal and tens of thousands of people learned about the importance of environmental protection. Also thousands of threes have been planted to stop desertification and microloans for sustainable small enterprises have been organized. In Finland educational campaigns about global environmental issues were organized and educational materials about global matters were produced. Youth exchanges were also part of the project. The Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has supported the project.
Niger and Benin
The Guides and Scouts of Finland together with the African Scout Region have in 2011-2014 organized a project Foor for Life which aims to increase the opportunities of youth in Africa. The Food for life-project was divided in three parts from each of which scouts were able to receive a badge. The project focused on improving the food security of Scouts and their families by teaching youth about agricultural products and small scale farming. One object of the project was also to increase the number of Scouts in Africa. The project was coordinated from the regional scouts´ office in Kenia but the main activities were organized in Benin and Nigeria by local Scouts. The Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has supported the project.
The Guides and Scouts of Finland together with the Nepal Scouts have organized two projects in Nepal in 2010-2013 and 2013-2015 which aimed to strengthen the capacity of the Nepal Scouts organization and thus improve scouting in Nepal. The main aims of the projects were (1) strengthening the role of youth and women in decision making, (2) strengthening youth leadership, (3) supporting the Scouts program and (4) supporting the local communities. During the project youth leadership trainings and youth forums were organized in Nepal. In Finland the issues and topics of the projects have been utilized in the educational program of the Guides and Scout of Finland. During the project two youth exchanges were organized. The Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has supported the project.