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. 

  • We empowered local child protection communities to sensitize villages on the harmful effects of child labour and the importance of birth registration.
  • 11,588 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation
  • 2,084 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 39 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children in Senegal

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

  • 36,024 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases
  • 2,099 malnourished children in Senegal were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 17,221 children and women received mosquito nets, protecting them against diseases such as dengue, malaria and Zika
  • 9,856 people including children are benefitting from latrines and have better access to sanitation

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

  • We trained school staff in curriculum design, school management, standardized testing and evaluation, and teaching methods that improve children’s literacy and comprehension.
  • 150 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 782 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 5,790 children and youths are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps

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

  • 5,390 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 132 youths and adults were equipped to earn increased income through apprenticeships, or vocational and business training
  • 5,481 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
  • 4,037 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families

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