Welcome to the Segou Ecolodge Project site! The Ségou Ecolodge Project is a collaborative effort between the Peace Corps and the Ségou Campement Groupement. It is a locally driven ecotourism venture that aims to overachieve the triple bottom line of environmental, financial, and social responsibility. When you give your financial support to the project you will help provide a source of sustainable and environmentally responsible income to a rural African village. Further you will give a hand up to a community enthusiastically trying to make a better life for their families and their neighbors. Feel free to browse around, learn more about the ecolodge project, Segou, service with the Peace Corps, and Zach and his experiences over the last two years.

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Recent Announcements

  • Fully Funded!
    I woke up this morning and was surprised to see that we'd received all of the funding we needed for the Segou Ecolodge!

    I can't say how happy I am to be finished fundraising and how appreciative my counterparts are to have this support. When I told them we had the funding they launched into a series of praises that would inflate the head of even the humblest person. I don't yet have the list of everyone who donated, but when I do I am planning on getting a plaque made with your names on it to be permanently installed at the ecolodge. Thank you again to everyone who made this possible through donations or through spreading the word! Your charity to the people of Ségou and support of my efforts is appreciated beyond measure.

    And now that we have the funding, it's time for me to fulfill my end of the bargain and to get to work...
    Posted Dec 30, 2010, 10:28 AM by Zac Swank
  • Merry Christmas!
    It's Christmas eve and there is less than $2,000 to go. With a Christmas miracle the funding could be complete before the start of the new year. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible thus far!
    Posted Dec 24, 2010, 5:16 AM by Zac Swank
  • $4,415 Raised!
    The donations took a big jump up to $4,415! That's well over half way. We're getting there! Thanks again to everyone who has donated thus far. Please keep telling your family and friends about the project.
    Posted Nov 27, 2010, 7:50 AM by Zac Swank
  • $695 raised so far
    It's a good start! Thanks everyone!
    Posted Nov 11, 2010, 9:45 AM by Zac Swank
  • Trail Building
    Check out the new blog post about the trail building work party: zachinrim.blogspot.com
    Posted Nov 11, 2010, 9:42 AM by Zac Swank
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