Senegal

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:
  • 11,019 adults learned about child protection and how to report abuse
  • 20 child protection services have improved
  • 550 young people who received life skills training reported an increase in confidence and self-esteem
  • 294 girls and boys took part in faith-based activities
  • 22 faith leaders were trained to address issues like HIV and AIDS, gender equality, child health, and child protection

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Senegal funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 177,938 frontline workers were trained in child protection issues as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 123 hygiene kits including soap, jerry cans, and handwashing supplies were given to community members
  • 487 health facilities were given training or supplies as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 78,065 information materials about COVID-19 were shared in public places, in print, and online
  • 8,516 community members were given food assistance as part of our COVID-19 response

Results of World Vision Canada’s covid-19 response in Senegal, in partnership with other World Vision offices, from March to September 2020
  • 600 pregnant women and mothers of infants received counseling on the benefits of breastfeeding longer than 6-12 months
  • 185 children between six months and age five who were identified as moderately or severely underweight have gained weight
  • 644 pregnant women and caregivers of children under 18 were counselled in nurturing approaches to parenting
  • 644 pregnant women and caregivers of children under five received nutrition counselling

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Senegal funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 50 kids now go to after-school literacy activities
  • 40 books are available for every school-aged child
  • 123 teachers were trained in our literacy programme
  • 720 parents and caregivers were trained to support our literacy programme
  • 1,871 kids aged 3–6 go to preschool

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Senegal funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 1,200 tonnes of product generated by local producer groups have been sold 
  • 130 people we trained learned how to prevent and cope with future disasters
  • 315 families have adopted a more empowered worldview
  • 204 farmers learned better ways to grow, harvest, or process their products
  • 2,339 people are participating in savings groups

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Senegal funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 15 health and hygiene clubs were started in schools
  • 1,246 families built new toilets
  • 10,000 children have access to basic sanitation facilities at school
  • 15,125 families went to our hygiene training and now have a handwashing station with soap at home
  • 10,925 students have a place to wash their hands with soap at school

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Senegal funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.