This photo was taken in June 2006 at the launching of the solid waste manangement project in two neighborhoods in Senegal. There was a lot of excitement and celebrations for this project as residents were tired of living in a dirty city. The project has had tremendous sucess and is being expanded city-wide. Volunteer Curt is accepting the scarfs from the women in the audience as they express their gratitude. His wife, Nicole, watches from the side. Her turn is up next! These two Peace Corps Volunteers initiated a comprehensive solid waste management project that has become a model for Senegal and other developing countries. After a waste composition analysis revealed that 85% of the waste stream was organic (typical in developing countries), working with community and international partners, the volunteers created a system that centers on low-tech, non-mechanized composting, recycling plastics, and safely landfilling the remaining waste. The project is being expanded city-wide and to other communities in Senegal.