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APS Nashville Delivers Project Handclasp Supplies to Senegal School and Children's Shelter
An international military team of Africa Partnership Station (APS) Nashville sailors delivered supplies to a school and a children&#39;s shelter in villages outside Dakar, Senegal, February 7, 2009. <br /> <br />APS representatives from Cameroon,
DAKAR, Senegal - A boy smiles after meeting a member of the Africa Partnership Station (APS) Nashville team, prior to a visit to Gallo Diouf Elementary School in Dakar, where crew members delivered donated school supplies from Project Handclasp, February 7, 2009. The Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship, USS Nashville (LPD 13), is deployed as a part of Africa Partnership Station, an international initiative developed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa, which aims to work cooperatively with U.S. and international partners to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Holmes)
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Photo 1 of 7: DAKAR, Senegal - A boy smiles after meeting a member of the Africa Partnership Station (APS) Nashville team, prior to a visit to Gallo Diouf Elementary School in Dakar, where crew members delivered donated school supplies from Project Handclasp, February 7, 2009. The Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship, USS Nashville (LPD 13), is deployed as a part of Africa Partnership Station, an international initiative developed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa, which aims to work cooperatively with U.S. and international partners to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Holmes) Download full-resolution version
DAKAR, Senegal - A volunteer plays with two children at the Vivre Ensemble orphanage in Dakar, Senegal, after a team of APS Nashville members delivered donated school supplies from Project Handclasp, January 9, 2009. The Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship, USS Nashville (LPD 13), is deployed as a part of Africa Partnership Station, an international initiative developed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa, which aims to work cooperatively with U.S. and international partners to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Lieutenant Doug High)
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Photo 2 of 7: DAKAR, Senegal - A volunteer plays with two children at the Vivre Ensemble orphanage in Dakar, Senegal, after a team of APS Nashville members delivered donated school supplies from Project Handclasp, January 9, 2009. The Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship, USS Nashville (LPD 13), is deployed as a part of Africa Partnership Station, an international initiative developed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa, which aims to work cooperatively with U.S. and international partners to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Lieutenant Doug High) Download full-resolution version
DAKAR, Senegal - Cameroon Navy Lieutenant Commander Clement Fru Fon, with Africa Partnership Station (APS) Nashville, organizes donated school supplies from Project Handclasp at Gallo Diouf Elementary School in Dakar, February 7, 2009.  The Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship, USS Nashville (LPD 13), is deployed as a part of Africa Partnership Station, an international initiative developed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa, which aims to work cooperatively with U.S. and international partners to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Holmes)
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Photo 3 of 7: DAKAR, Senegal - Cameroon Navy Lieutenant Commander Clement Fru Fon, with Africa Partnership Station (APS) Nashville, organizes donated school supplies from Project Handclasp at Gallo Diouf Elementary School in Dakar, February 7, 2009. The Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship, USS Nashville (LPD 13), is deployed as a part of Africa Partnership Station, an international initiative developed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa, which aims to work cooperatively with U.S. and international partners to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Holmes) Download full-resolution version
DAKAR, Senegal - Senior Chief Information Systems Technician Terrence Byrnes, a member of Africa Partnership Station (APS) Nashville, plays a drum at Gallo Diouf Elementary School in Dakar after a team of APS Nashville crew members delivered donated school supplies from Project Handclasp, February 7, 2009. The Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship, USS Nashville (LPD 13), is deployed as a part of Africa Partnership Station, an international initiative developed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa, which aims to work cooperatively with U.S. and international partners to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Holmes)
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Photo 4 of 7: DAKAR, Senegal - Senior Chief Information Systems Technician Terrence Byrnes, a member of Africa Partnership Station (APS) Nashville, plays a drum at Gallo Diouf Elementary School in Dakar after a team of APS Nashville crew members delivered donated school supplies from Project Handclasp, February 7, 2009. The Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship, USS Nashville (LPD 13), is deployed as a part of Africa Partnership Station, an international initiative developed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa, which aims to work cooperatively with U.S. and international partners to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Holmes) Download full-resolution version
DAKAR, Senegal - A staff member at the Vivre Ensemble orphanage in Dakar, Senegal (left) talks with Captain Cynthia Thebaud, commander of Africa Partnership Station (APS), and Cameroon Navy Lieutenant Commander Clement Fru Fon, crew member of Africa Partnership Station, following the delivery of donated medical and child care supplies from Project Handclasp, January 7, 2009. The Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship, USS Nashville (LPD 13), is deployed as a part of Africa Partnership Station, an international initiative developed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa, which aims to work cooperatively with U.S. and international partners to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Holmes)
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Photo 5 of 7: DAKAR, Senegal - A staff member at the Vivre Ensemble orphanage in Dakar, Senegal (left) talks with Captain Cynthia Thebaud, commander of Africa Partnership Station (APS), and Cameroon Navy Lieutenant Commander Clement Fru Fon, crew member of Africa Partnership Station, following the delivery of donated medical and child care supplies from Project Handclasp, January 7, 2009. The Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship, USS Nashville (LPD 13), is deployed as a part of Africa Partnership Station, an international initiative developed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa, which aims to work cooperatively with U.S. and international partners to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Holmes) Download full-resolution version
DAKAR, Senegal - U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class David Holmes, a member of Africa Partnership Station (APS) Nashville, shows digital photos on his camera to the children of the Gallo Diouf Elementary School in Dakar after a team of APS Nashville members delivered donated school supplies from Project Handclasp, February 7, 2009. The Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship, USS Nashville (LPD 13), is deployed as a part of Africa Partnership Station, an international initiative developed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa, which aims to work cooperatively with U.S. and international partners to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Lieutenant Doug High)
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Photo 6 of 7: DAKAR, Senegal - U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class David Holmes, a member of Africa Partnership Station (APS) Nashville, shows digital photos on his camera to the children of the Gallo Diouf Elementary School in Dakar after a team of APS Nashville members delivered donated school supplies from Project Handclasp, February 7, 2009. The Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship, USS Nashville (LPD 13), is deployed as a part of Africa Partnership Station, an international initiative developed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa, which aims to work cooperatively with U.S. and international partners to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Lieutenant Doug High) Download full-resolution version
DAKAR, Senegal - A Vivre Ensemble orphanage staff member (left) thanks Captain Cynthia Thebaud, commander of Africa Partnership Station (APS), after a team of APS Nashville members delivered donated medical and child care supplies from Project Handclasp. The Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship, USS Nashville (LPD 13), is deployed as a part of Africa Partnership Station, an international initiative developed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa, which aims to work cooperatively with U.S. and international partners to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Holmes)
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Photo 7 of 7: DAKAR, Senegal - A Vivre Ensemble orphanage staff member (left) thanks Captain Cynthia Thebaud, commander of Africa Partnership Station (APS), after a team of APS Nashville members delivered donated medical and child care supplies from Project Handclasp. The Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship, USS Nashville (LPD 13), is deployed as a part of Africa Partnership Station, an international initiative developed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa, which aims to work cooperatively with U.S. and international partners to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Holmes) Download full-resolution version
DAKAR, Senegal - A boy smiles after meeting a member of the Africa Partnership Station (APS) Nashville team, prior to a visit to Gallo Diouf Elementary School in Dakar, where crew members delivered donated school supplies from Project Handclasp, February 7, 2009. The Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship, USS Nashville (LPD 13), is deployed as a part of Africa Partnership Station, an international initiative developed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa, which aims to work cooperatively with U.S. and international partners to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Holmes)
DAKAR, Senegal - A volunteer plays with two children at the Vivre Ensemble orphanage in Dakar, Senegal, after a team of APS Nashville members delivered donated school supplies from Project Handclasp, January 9, 2009. The Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship, USS Nashville (LPD 13), is deployed as a part of Africa Partnership Station, an international initiative developed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa, which aims to work cooperatively with U.S. and international partners to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Lieutenant Doug High)
DAKAR, Senegal - Cameroon Navy Lieutenant Commander Clement Fru Fon, with Africa Partnership Station (APS) Nashville, organizes donated school supplies from Project Handclasp at Gallo Diouf Elementary School in Dakar, February 7, 2009.  The Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship, USS Nashville (LPD 13), is deployed as a part of Africa Partnership Station, an international initiative developed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa, which aims to work cooperatively with U.S. and international partners to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Holmes)
DAKAR, Senegal - Senior Chief Information Systems Technician Terrence Byrnes, a member of Africa Partnership Station (APS) Nashville, plays a drum at Gallo Diouf Elementary School in Dakar after a team of APS Nashville crew members delivered donated school supplies from Project Handclasp, February 7, 2009. The Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship, USS Nashville (LPD 13), is deployed as a part of Africa Partnership Station, an international initiative developed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa, which aims to work cooperatively with U.S. and international partners to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Holmes)
DAKAR, Senegal - A staff member at the Vivre Ensemble orphanage in Dakar, Senegal (left) talks with Captain Cynthia Thebaud, commander of Africa Partnership Station (APS), and Cameroon Navy Lieutenant Commander Clement Fru Fon, crew member of Africa Partnership Station, following the delivery of donated medical and child care supplies from Project Handclasp, January 7, 2009. The Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship, USS Nashville (LPD 13), is deployed as a part of Africa Partnership Station, an international initiative developed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa, which aims to work cooperatively with U.S. and international partners to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Holmes)
DAKAR, Senegal - U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class David Holmes, a member of Africa Partnership Station (APS) Nashville, shows digital photos on his camera to the children of the Gallo Diouf Elementary School in Dakar after a team of APS Nashville members delivered donated school supplies from Project Handclasp, February 7, 2009. The Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship, USS Nashville (LPD 13), is deployed as a part of Africa Partnership Station, an international initiative developed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa, which aims to work cooperatively with U.S. and international partners to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Lieutenant Doug High)
DAKAR, Senegal - A Vivre Ensemble orphanage staff member (left) thanks Captain Cynthia Thebaud, commander of Africa Partnership Station (APS), after a team of APS Nashville members delivered donated medical and child care supplies from Project Handclasp. The Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship, USS Nashville (LPD 13), is deployed as a part of Africa Partnership Station, an international initiative developed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa, which aims to work cooperatively with U.S. and international partners to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Holmes)
An international military team of Africa Partnership Station (APS) Nashville sailors delivered supplies to a school and a children's shelter in villages outside Dakar, Senegal, February 7, 2009.

APS representatives from Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, the United Kingdom and United States traveled to villages surrounding Dakar to deliver the goods, which were donated through the Project Handclasp initiative.
The first stop was Gallo Diouf Elementary School, where the team delivered more than 70 boxes containing school supplies such as pencils, notebooks, book bags and additional items.

Upon arrival at the school, the APS Nashville team was welcomed by school children with singing, dancing and heartfelt smiles.

Gathered around the stacks of donated goods, local residents thanked the APS crew members for the valuable supplies.

"On behalf of the teachers and the students and everybody in the village, I wish you endless presence here," said Djibrie Thianoloum, village chief and teachers' association head. "We know the beginning [of our friendship], but may we not know the end."

"This donation...is larger than you can believe," he added. "We cannot measure the real importance of your donations and work because the help you are giving the school will help these children concentrate on studies, so they can have a better chance to become successful professionals in our country."

Later that day, the APS Nashville team visited Vivre Ensemble, a childrens' "refuge" outside Dakar to deliver boxes of medicine, hygiene products and baby care items-- all essential items for Vivre Ensemble's operation, according to Michelle Buron, the orphanage's co-founder.

"Every donated piece that comes here has a continual need," said Buron. "But, please come back anytime, even without donations. People that come here, their hearts are changed forever."

The refuge is unusual in that Buron's facility provides care to infants up to one year of age to support mothers who are unable to care for them due to financial, health or other reasons. It also has a program that works with young street boys.

After offloading the Project Handclasp supplies, the APS team toured the facility, taking time out to interact with the infants and staff.

"The village that we went to was very grateful, and Vivre Ensemble thanked us repeatedly," said Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Wyeth. "Very few people here have what we take for granted back in the United States. Coming out here, even though it's a little bit, it's a lot to them. That makes a world of difference."

The Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship, USS Nashville (LPD 13), is deployed as a part of Africa Partnership Station, an international initiative developed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa which aims to work cooperatively with U.S. and international partners to enhance maritime safety and security for the continent of Africa. Nashville's APS mission is focused on operations in West and Central Africa.
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