Senegal - Africa

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.

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Children in Senegal

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.


In 1983, we opened a Village in the city of Kaolack, situated in the rural region of the same name. SOS Children's Villages' 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.


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's Villages. 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.


SOS Children's Villages began work in Tambacounda in 2010. The SOS social centre here offers family strengthening programmes to the local community. One of the main goals is to ensure that children have access to essential material, educational, health and social services.

Local Contact

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


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