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Chance For All in an African Magical Classroom

by Lets Be Ready
Chance For All in an African Magical Classroom
Chance For All in an African Magical Classroom
Chance For All in an African Magical Classroom
Chance For All in an African Magical Classroom
Chance For All in an African Magical Classroom
Chance For All in an African Magical Classroom
Chance For All in an African Magical Classroom
Chance For All in an African Magical Classroom
Chance For All in an African Magical Classroom
Chance For All in an African Magical Classroom
Chance For All in an African Magical Classroom
Chance For All in an African Magical Classroom
Chance For All in an African Magical Classroom
Chance For All in an African Magical Classroom
Chance For All in an African Magical Classroom
Chance For All in an African Magical Classroom
Chance For All in an African Magical Classroom
Chance For All in an African Magical Classroom
Chance For All in an African Magical Classroom
Chance For All in an African Magical Classroom

 In times of crisis like this, the association today more than yesterday is at the service of vulnerable community. They know that everywhere in the world runs the fear and weakness of people facing the corona virus. That virus that entire humanity still does not have control on does not make any distinction. Thus, with the measures established to protect from that virus, our brave people of Chance for All Senegal have not forgotten to educate, prepare and equip their lovely kids, to include them in the fight against the virus where perhaps many people have forgotten them. This being said, members of the association decided to visit children of some daaras. Too many people couldn’t go because there are more restrictions regarding organizing meeting, just to avoid the spread of Coronavirus.

The association chose the last weekend in March and still in the North, Saint Louis at their Headquarter to invite all these children they had been following since the beginning and the Daaras with their Marabout. It was on Saturday morning at eleven (11) o’clock they bought hygiene materials at the market first before visiting Daaras. The stuff bought was for hygiene and especially hand hygiene. It was bleach, disinfectants, hydro-alcoholic solutions, powder soaps, disposable towels and even plastic buckets (recipients to carry water for hand washing) ... At that image, on the faces of children you could’ve read a lot of questions, for others, it was a surprise. That did not last with the arrival on stage of 3 members of the association. They introduced the subject of the day: the illness due to Corona, it was an opportunity to sensitize more, for example, how we get sick? What are the symptoms? What steps to watch if someone has them and above all how to avoid that disease?

 

It was not so easy to pass the information to the children who we know somehow are living in their own world, which means, away from any information. By these times, all of them know a little bit about Corona virus, but they need accurate information and good measures to apply by themselves. Among the Marabouts who had witnessed the meeting, one stood on behalf of the others to encourage and thank the association, rewind everything they said, and support the observation of the prescribed measures. Learning was not only intended for children but especially all that accompanied them to always remind them.

Thus, the facilitators did not only give the materials, they also insisted on their usefulness and their good use with a demonstration. At the end, kids were singing in Wolof: ‘To avoid the Corona virus: I have to wash my hands….’. A small phrase they have been taught from this day. It is sure it will be very difficult for them to stay in confinement for always having been most of their time out and without restriction. But, this is another opportunity to remind everyone and to some marabouts that place to these children is not the street, full of danger and predators.

At the end of the meeting, when they had all left off with a lot of baggage as well as knowledge, in an interview, one of the pillars of the association entrusts us in these words: even with the corona, we cannot leave the children. It was not only words but Chance For All Senegal once again shows that he bears heart this mission, to carry out the well being of these children and that no matter the situation. They will chaperone them until they should fly by their own. let's hope that that Virus will disappear soon, because we don't have good facilities to help people in this kind of disease. For now let’s cross our fingers and hope to have better days for everyone in the world.

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Another day at the care centre.

After having gathered a dad and his son, a day of cleaning, raising awareness on road safety measures and first aid, what could be more normal than a day of free general check-in and free care for the protégés of Chance for All Senegal? This time our Samaritans from Chance For All Senegal with a Senegalese association of Doctors dedicated one more of their day to children and any member of the staff with medical expertise participated to offer them free consultations and care.

It was especially dedicated to street children and talibés and Chance for all got the support from Nancy and Fred from USA to buy all the necessary materials for that day (bandages, alcohol, betadine, plaster, ointments). We should always keep in mind that the main cause of people at Chance For All Senegal is to improve the lives of street children, those who are homeless.

The day was spent in the district of Darou in Saint-Louis. It was children who furrowed the neighborhoods to bring their comrades who needed medical assistance. Many children answered the call, around one hundred and fifty. Even children living with a parent came along.

 It was often wounds on the feet due to shards of bottles, sores all over the body, rashes sign of poor body hygiene and testifying the exposure to dangers of street children and their vulnerability . During that day our volunteers even found scabies in some children. You should also know that they did not skimp on any means, Senegalese volunteers even bought snacks (after having informed all friends and family members to participate), for those who needed them. It was also a collaboration with the local pharmacy (Pharmacie du fleuve), they sent a facilitator in order to supervise the activity.

Some children have been accompanied by their parents. Some marabouts of daaras showed a great curiosity until coming to see what our good people were doing. You should know that in daaras they do not have the culture of going to a health facility. It was really beneficial for all these children and there is no better feeling than the satisfaction shown by our scouts (children too) who brought their comrade to us. On their faces you could’ve read all the joy of being able to help.

It should be mentioned that it was not easy for our volunteers and all the people who accompanied the association in that day with the endless minutes to stand but the success of thas day and the fact of having given hope to those little angels just with a small bandage of wounds brought fullness in our Samaritans that their fatigue could not match.

That was just one day among so many to come to the care of those children.

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Here we are facing another battle of chance for all Senegal: children and road accidents !

To have repeatedly gone to hospital to rescue and assist a child, a talibé, a homeless child, Chance for all Senegal decides to put its resources to solve this problem.

Thus Chance for all Senegal has chosen the month of September, a period we all know the holidays are in full swing and the children with lots of energy escape the vigilance of parents not to mention street children. This is then an opportune time to reframe the children and raise their awareness on road safety issues and with the collaboration of the Senegal Red Cross on first aid.

It is through lively and fun activities that children have learned about these subjects. Under the guidance of the instructors and chaperones, Maodo now knows, when to cross the road you have to look left and right. Another kid Arona, knows not to run when crossing the road and if there is an adult on a busy road ask to be crossed. We taught them about traffic lights, even if Saint-Louis town doesn’t have any…..LOL, just in case they moved to Dakar with their Marabouts.

 

Indeed, at the traffic lights, they know that green does not allow pedestrians to cross, yellow is a hurry to get to the sidewalk and red is a clear path for all pedestrians. At the white stripes on the road: the pedestrian crossing, the children know that there is more safety to cross, they have priority. It was in a small groups and in a pleasant competitive games spirit that all these points among others were covered. In addition to that, children now know who to call first in case of a road accident and that goes without saying the first safety, survival measures to be taken according to their ability as a child.

The road next to Corniche in one of the busiest, with more accidents and it is not every day that we want to run to the hospital because a child has been involved in an accident (said Amina an Vieux from Chance for All staff ).In this month of  September, in the middle of the holidays, the children are full of ardor and above all left to themselves and who is more exposed than the talibés and the homeless children?

Aware of this and always present for the cause of the children, Chance for all Senegal is now extending its activities to fight against road accidents, especially for these children.

It was a great pleasure to hold all these activities and to see the children retain the instructions and note their importance.

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His name is Malick.


Eight (8) years in the street and almost two (2) years at the center Chance for All Senegal, which gathers, directs and serves, as a home for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and talibés, here is the decisive choice: find his parent or stay on the street, which he has always known.
Malick, aged 14, has been on the street since he was four, the day his father left him under the “skirts” of a Daara marabout in the city of Saint-Louis (Pikine).


Malick is a street children like no other. He always takes care of himself with the money he makes in his long days traveling around the city of Saint-Louis. He is a soccer lover, his love for soccer makes him always dressed in the jerseys of the national team. Of his habits, Malick prowls around the hotel next to the post office (Hotel de la poste), the hotel Residence and can earn up to 700 francs the day. With the little French he knows, he sometimes serves as a tour guide. He helps tourists make money change by taking them to the ideal places or by interpreting the local language, shows them the city he knows as the palm of his hand, from the cultural center, to hotel de poste and the walks under the "takussanou"(Evening) Ndar along the bridge.


From this activity, the boy meets "toubabs"called Fred and Nancy that led him to discover warmth and hope at Chance for All Senegal since he set foot there, one day, in March 2017. The change is not about to stop there for Malick. His stride at Chance for All Senegal was the beginning of finding his family. For a child as remarkable as him, to leave him, still, at the mercy of the street was not conceivable for his new friends, family.


In a desire to reunite him with his family, The local staff at the association in collaboration with other association in Saint-Louis lead inquiries and make their way back to his hometown.
After days and days, visiting several concessions, using photos that did not betray paternal traits, they found Malick's father. Actually his father lives in Daara Djolof.
In an interview with that latter, he confides to having left him to a "Serigne" of Daara when he was four (4) years old. Time passes, he loses contact and for not having set foot in the same place for a long time, he loses sight of his boy, who had no memory of where he came from.


The father is happy and eager to be back under the same roof with his son but this is not Malick's enthusiasm. When one learns to live at his own expense soon enough the family cocoon can represent the bird’s fear of the cage: being deprived of freedom, afraid to no longer fly high.
Malick fears that he will no longer be able to make money to support himself and be a burden to his dad.
Thus, the question of gaining his family or remaining in the life he has known since his four (4) years, with the new family he has made, remains unresolved.


What would you do instead of Malick? Compromises ?

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Countries around the world celebrate women during the month of March with the international women’s day. However often in times the focus is too much on women and girls here. Still women’s conditions cannot be improved without an increased consciousness from men. In our centre, for the month of April, we decided to sensitize our young boys on girls and women issues and challenges.

We believe that change will only be possible if boys are taught very early the importance to respect girls and women. So we organized discussions around women’s rights and shared with the kids stories of inspiring Senegalese women. To better raise awareness on critical issues, discussions were also held to tackle issues such as consequences of early marriages or school dropouts for girls.

As boys who are already out of the French academic systems, the boys may not always be sensitive to girls education. In some areas, the place of the girl is still in the kitchen and her future is about taking care of her husband and children. Often, men do not really understand the importance of education for themselves; educating a girl cannot thus be a priority.

Changing behaviors and beliefs seems to be difficult but it is important to start talking with children very early on this issues. This can even avoid abuse between children and may help to reach new milestones in the fight against violence against women. Change is only possible if we involve men in the fight. Involving men in the fight for better conditions is important and critical.

Our second focus was to extend our coverage areas and reach more children. Talibe children do not always receive proper care, they sometimes have wounds that they hide. Such situations may put them in danger as the wounds can evolve into dangerous infections. We visited more areas to meet some of the talibe children we do not usually see. We hoped to gain their trust after discussions and then proceed with the wounds. We hope that after the discussions, the talibes children will be more conscious of the importance of their health and will decide to seek care when needed

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