Working With Children in Senegal

Recently, when one million Senegalese people were impacted by severe drought, World Vision responded with emergency food kits to protect children and families from malnutrition. Longer term, we help farmers access drought-resistant seeds and develop cereal banks for grain storage. Cereal banks protect the harvest from damage by fire or pests and allow communities to set aside food for the lean season.  

In Senegal, school enrolment is increasing but the quality of education remains problematic. Another challenge is that approximately 25 per cent of children in Senegal do not have birth certificates, which are required for primary school graduation exams. We work with communities to strengthen the quality of education and help families gain access to birth registration services.

Your impact in Senegal

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation. 

  • 2,068 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 41 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 48 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 5 children survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 852 people are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.


  • 2,217 parents learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • 2,297 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 220 parents learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 32 children clubs are giving children and youth a safe space to develop new skills and have fun
  • 389 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 7 children who dropped out of school were reintegrated to the education system with the help of local volunteers
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • 1,130 farmers received inputs like livestock, seeds and tools, to increase their ability to produce more nutritious food and market the excess for a regular income
  • 11,259 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 120 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 452 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 481 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

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