Maison de la Gare

Maison de la Gare's mission is to achieve integration of the begging talibe street children into formal schooling and productive participation in Senegalese society. Tens of thousands of talibe children beg on the streets of Senegal for 6 to 10 hours each day for their food and for money to give the "teacher" or Marabout who controls them. They live in unconscionable conditions in "daaras", without access to running water, rudimentary hygiene or nurture, often without shelter and subject to severe abuse. Human Rights Watch published a widely distributed description of this situation in 2010, "Off the Backs of the Children". Maison de la Gare is acting with t...

Issa presenting his vision for a new crisis center

Issa presenting his vision for a new crisis center
Photo from Progress Report 'American Ambassador at Maison de la Gare' (view small | med | large | orig)

Talibe children waiting to meet the ambassador

Talibe children waiting to meet the ambassador
Photo from Progress Report 'American Ambassador at Maison de la Gare' (view small | med | large | orig)

Issa Kouyate in discussion with Ambassador Lukens

Issa Kouyate in discussion with Ambassador Lukens
Photo from Progress Report 'American Ambassador at Maison de la Gare' (view small | med | large | orig)

Ambassador Lukens touring the MDG center

Ambassador Lukens touring the MDG center
Photo from Progress Report 'American Ambassador at Maison de la Gare' (view small | med | large | orig)

We appreciate our lunch break on the river bank

We appreciate our lunch break on the river bank
Photo from Progress Report 'Excursion to Bango' (view small | med | large | orig)
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