Sponsor a child in Senegal
Many children in Senegal fall victim to child labour, begging, or street selling. In the capital Dakar alone, an estimated 7,600 children beg on the streets. SOS Children has been working to help children in Senegal lead a better life since 1976.
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Widespread poverty despite decades of political stability
Since independence, Senegal has been one of the most politically and economically stable country on the African continent. Nevertheless, nearly half the population lives in poverty, many with no access to drinking water, sanitation or healthcare. Thousands of young people dream of a life in Europe and some risk their lives to get there, many dying at sea on the way to Italy or Spain. Human trafficking is the only way many will leave the country.
Children forced to beg on the street
Estimates suggest around 100,000 Senegalese children roam the streets, begging for money and food. West Africa has one of the world's lowest primary school enrolment rates for girls. Though the situation is improving in Senegal, the challenge now is to enable girls to remain in school once they are enrolled. Today, thousands are forced into domestic labour as soon as they are old enough to do work.
Our Work in Senegal
We began working in the capital Dakar in 1977. In 1984, we began tackling poor medical infrastructure by opening a mother-and-child clinic to serve the Kaolack region. Since then, we have delivered emergency relief to fight food shortages and healthcare needs. Today, we work across five locations providing daycare, education and support to communities.
Our Children's Village in Dakar provides local children with essential services including healthcare and education. We support parents in developing methods for income generation, as well as providing care and support for families affected by HIV/AIDS. We provide a primary and secondary school education to many children from the neighbourhood as well as those living in the Village itself.
In 1983, we opened a Village in the city of Kaolack, situated in the rural region of the same name. SOS Children's focus is on providing support to families to help them overcome the dire social and economic conditions in Kaolack. We also help young people in their transition to adulthood. The success of the next generation is essential to the prosperity of the Kaolack region.
Our Village in the small city of Louga opened in 1990. Around 30,000 children have lost both parents, often to AIDS, and these children are a main focus for SOS Children.
We work with the community to help build their capacity to care for their children. Much of this work is based at our social centre, which also provides the setting for the healthcare, counselling, and support we offer to families affected by HIV/AIDS. At our vocational training centre, we provide young people with training in a number of local trades to help improve their job prospects as they enter adulthood.
Ziguinchor is located in the Casamance region in the extreme south of Senegal, close to the border with Guinea-Bissau. We began work in the region when we opened our Village in Ziguinchor in 1998. Today, we offer all manner of assistance to the local population. Through family support work, we ensure parents are strong enough to care for their children, offering financial support and guidance as well as practical advice on parenting and income generation. As children near independence, we help them enter vocational training and higher education.
SOS Children began work in Tambacounda in 2010. Malnourished children benefit from healthcare at our medical centre. We have increased our food relief work since famine struck the Sahel region in 2011, and vulnerable families receive a monthly food package, as well as rice, oil, milk and baby food for infants. We also provide children at our SOS school with daily meal and a snack.
Association Villages d'Enfants SOS Sénégal
Av. Bourguiba X
Allées Sydou Nourou Tall
BP 728 Dakar
Tel: +221/33 8242001, +221/33 8252190
Fax: +221/33 8243540