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...

Finished mural, welcoming children to the center

Finished mural, welcoming children to the center
Photo from Progress Report 'A Swiss Volunteer's Unique Contribution' (view small | med | large | orig)

Mbaye Ka, a talibe child precious to Francesca

Mbaye Ka, a talibe child precious to Francesca
Photo from Progress Report 'A Swiss Volunteer's Unique Contribution' (view small | med | large | orig)

Amadou Diao making a bracelet in Francesca's class

Amadou Diao making a bracelet in Francesca's class
Photo from Progress Report 'A Swiss Volunteer's Unique Contribution' (view small | med | large | orig)

Animating art activities in the library

Animating art activities in the library
Photo from Progress Report 'A Swiss Volunteer's Unique Contribution' (view small | med | large | orig)

Caring for a talibe in MDG infirmary

Caring for a talibe in MDG infirmary
Photo from Progress Report 'A Swiss Volunteer's Unique Contribution' (view small | med | large | orig)