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Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal

by Maison de la Gare
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
All hands on deck - Issa leads screening of sand
All hands on deck - Issa leads screening of sand

Issa describes a renovation campaign that transformed the Saint Louis welcome center

“A Canadian family arrived at Maison de la Gare’s center a few months ago.  We have been working with a LeRoy family foundation for over ten years, the Rev. C.F. Johnston Foundation which has become a very important partner.  As proof, this Foundation has been supporting us since our very beginnings and it is still involved in all our activities.

This year, it was almost the entire family that arrived to work with Maison de la Gare and the talibé children, including members from the grandfather to the grandchildren.  This is the family of Rod LeRoy, our main partner, who was at our side facing the challenge of setting up the Association and has been with us ever since.  Rod spent his time getting our expenses in order and preparing the meetings that must be held every six months to support our organization and assure our financial stability.

Sonia, Rod’s oldest daughter, devoted her attention to several areas.  One was the karate program, which she organizes and inspires.  Another was the sewing apprenticeship program which has become an important revenue-generating activity for older talibés who are completing their training.  Sonia organized a karate tournament at the center, where Maison de la Gare welcomed some of Senegal’s major senseis.  This tournament was a showcase for young talibés demonstrating their skills and their commitment to become future champions.  Ah Sonia!!!

And Mike was there!!!  The work was divided up so that as much as possible could be accomplished in a short time.  A complete renewal of Maison de la Gare’s center was soon underway, and two key people drove it.  Mike, the eldest son of the family, demonstrated during this first visit to Senegal that he too is dedicated to the fight to eradicate child begging.  A jack of all trades, his holiday was transformed into a non-stop work bee.

Mike and Robin made a very visible contribution with their painting skills.  Robin is Sonia's husband, so Rod's son-in-law.  It was his second time in Saint Louis and he was also totally committed, working non-stop at the center all day for 15 days.

The painting, the cleaning of the center, the screening of the sand, everything was happening at once.  And, behind the scenes, the repair of electrical fixtures and toilets and the replacement of lights, windows and torn screens.  The center was being totally refurbished, with different family members working in every part of the activity.  And they motivated everyone else to help.  Abdou, Lala, Elhage, Abou, Mohamed and I as well as talibés of all ages painted, sifted the sand, moved books, cleaned and performed many other tasks.  It is a clear statement to the world that nothing is impossible if we all work together.

Grandson Robbie embarked on two fronts, painting the library and computer rooms and the emergency shelter, and at the same time training young karate students.  He is the founder and ambassador of this activity at Maison de la Gare, a sport that he has been practicing from a very young age.  He is a national champion in his country.

Granddaughters Alicia and Rowan launched a major renovation and reordering of the library and contributed to repainting the emergency shelter and the center’s walls.  Hard-working young people who have responded again and again to the call of volunteering.  That's the LeRoy mentality.

Our main partner did not hold back in his efforts.  Rod developed a new collaboration agreement between the family foundation and Maison de la Gare, to allow our two organizations to continue to work effectively together to help vulnerable children.  He proposed new projects and helped us with all the challenges facing Maison de la Gare.

We have found this exceptional family very determined and committed, believing in our work and supporting us in all the challenges and commitments of our mission.  In two weeks, they led us in beautifying our welcome center from the ground up.

It was a marvel to see the center after the LeRoy cyclone had passed!!!

A thousand thanks…”

Issa, Elhage, Mike and Robin, ready to go
Issa, Elhage, Mike and Robin, ready to go
Robbie and Alicia renew the stairwells
Robbie and Alicia renew the stairwells
Robin carefully mixing paint
Robin carefully mixing paint
Rowan & talibe helper preserve drawing of a bird
Rowan & talibe helper preserve drawing of a bird
Mike and Elhage replace torn screens
Mike and Elhage replace torn screens
Abdou painting wall, preserving a beautiful mural
Abdou painting wall, preserving a beautiful mural
Sonia & Robbie lead karate class in renewed center
Sonia & Robbie lead karate class in renewed center

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The tailoring center is a magnet for young talibes
The tailoring center is a magnet for young talibes

Maison de la Gare’s tailoring apprenticeship program takes off

A beautiful new building began to take shape within Maison de la Gare’s welcome center early in 2018, adjacent to the garden and the infirmary.  The hundreds of talibé children who frequent the center every day were very curious about what this would be.  But several of the older talibés knew, and they were waiting eagerly to begin a new and hopeful chapter in their lives.

The talibé youth who stay in their daaras for 5, 10 or even 15 years all face the challenge of what to do when they have completed their Koranic education or are otherwise too old to continue in their daaras.  They have no formal education and no marketable skills, and most do not want to return to their communities of origin where they remember almost no one and have no way of sustaining themselves.  These youth are desperate to find possibilities for a better life.

Many of these older talibés have been with Maison de la Gare for years, and we have become increasingly determined to support them in developing trades which can offer them self-sufficiency and respect in society.  The agricultural apprenticeship program in Bango was our first step in doing this, and this was followed in early 2018 with a poultry farming project.  The tailoring apprenticeship project complements these earlier efforts, attracting and motivating more youth.

The new center was completed in the late spring of 2018 and is now fully operational with 12 electric sewing machines.  An experienced Saint Louis tailor, Baka Fall of Baka Fashion, has made a commitment to guide the program as an instructor and a mentor for the apprentices.  And Kalidou, a talibé who has been developing his skills as a tailoring apprentice for many years, is thriving in his new role as the lead talibé for this program.  He is always present, and his quiet and supportive teaching approach is well accepted by the talibé apprentices.  With Baka’s support, Kalidou is now capable of producing excellent quality traditional clothing of almost any design required by the Senegalese market.  Kalidou is very proud of his role in this project.  Although he is ready to support himself independently, we hope that he will stay with the project for some time.

Two other apprentices are sterling examples of the opportunities offered by this new program.  Both have been the subject of earlier reports, as they have searched to find a direction for their lives.

Souleymane fully understands the need to have a professional skill, as he was launched from his daara without any ability to earn a decent living.  Souleymane was sent to a daara in Saint Louis from his home in the Gambia at a young age.  He began frequenting Maison de la Gare’s center in 2010 where he faithfully attended literacy classes and became a leader of the karate program.  In 2017, Souleymane’s family convinced him to return home for an arranged marriage.  Once there, however, he realized that it wasn’t possible to have the life that he had envisaged for himself and his family.  He returned to Saint Louis determined to learn a trade.  Souleymane expressed his motivation to join the tailoring program saying simply: “I want to have a meaningful activity and a trade.”  He faces the challenge of supporting himself and his family while continuing in the program.  We have provided living accommodations for him, but he must still eat and send a small contribution home to his wife in Gambia.  However, Souleymane has persisted, and he will soon have the skills that he needs to generate a living income.

Elhage has also persisted, with a personal drive and motivation that are truly exceptional.  He was very articulate when he signed up for this program: “Not having a trade at my age is like walking blind.  There was no work for me here and I want to train to have a better life, to have real work and a skill so that I can run my own business.”  Elhage spends two days a week in the market, working at odd jobs to earn enough money to feed himself for the week.  He works the remaining days of the week in the tailoring apprenticeship program and he sleeps in Maison de la Gare’s emergency shelter building at night.  With his tailoring skills, Elhage will soon be ready to use his boundless energy to build his own life; he is a model and an inspiration to the other talibés of all ages.

 

Apprentices have been at work in the sewing center pretty well every weekday over the past year, and often on weekends.  They have learned to make traditional clothing items such as pants, skirts and shirts as well as items like colorful shopping bags.  These are beautifully finished, fully on par with equivalent items purchased in the local markets or elsewhere in Saint Louis.

Many of Maison de la Gare’s volunteers have purchased clothing and other items to take home with them as gifts or for themselves.  The apprentices have produced robust and colorful bags of different sizes, and other volunteers have taken samples of these home with them for sale in Canada, the U.S. and some countries in Europe.  A flower shop in Ottawa, Canada – Alta Vista Flowers - is offering smaller bags with some of their floral arrangements and they reported sales over $200 during a recent month.    Such sales are very motivating for the apprentices and, if we can build successfully on these beginnings, can make an important contribution to the sustainability of this valuable program.

The tailoring program has allowed us to respect a promise that we made to the older talibé children who have grown up with us, a promise to offer them a way of finding true stability and self-respect in their lives.  The tailoring apprenticeship building has become a magnet for the talibé children participating in our other programs and is a visible statement and reminder to them that there are possibilities for them to become competent and self-sufficient, to take charge of their own lives. 

We asked Kalidou what the project means to him.  His response: “I feel too emotional to speak.  I don’t have words to express how much this project means to me.  It is a dream come true.”

The new tailoring apprenticeship building
The new tailoring apprenticeship building
Instructor Baka modelling a talibe-made outfit
Instructor Baka modelling a talibe-made outfit
Kalidou
Kalidou
Souleymane
Souleymane
Elhage
Elhage
Michael accepts bags for sale by AltaVista Flowers
Michael accepts bags for sale by AltaVista Flowers
Mamadou & Kalidou deliver dress to happy customer
Mamadou & Kalidou deliver dress to happy customer

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Lala with winning team at a Thursday tournament
Lala with winning team at a Thursday tournament

“I feed myself off of my love for the talibés and their love for me”

Lala sits under the shade of the bougainvillea, talking to a little talibé. Lala is listening to him, giving him her full attention. She speaks a few encouraging words. He nods, she pats him on the shoulder, and he runs off.

Maison de la Gare is lucky to have Lala Sène as a dedicated, long term volunteer. Lala played soccer with Senegal's Women's National Team in 2006, 2009 and 2012. Soccer was her life until 2017 when she received a career ending injury of a double fracture to her right foot. Wanting to use her skills to help the forced begging talibé street children of her city, Saint Louis, she began to volunteer at Maison de la Gare, coaching the soccer-crazy talibés and organizing a weekly tournament at the center.

As Lala's injury healed and the talibé boys of Maison de la Gare captured her heart, she increased the frequency of her volunteering until she could be found at the center every day, helping to prepare the daily food or lending a hand wherever it is needed. The Thursday soccer tournaments continue, but frequent informal pick-up games now also offer regular opportunities for the boys to receive coaching tips and the extra special attention that is so lacking in their lives.

Lala was born in Saint Louis, into a family of sixteen children. She began to play soccer with the boys in her neighborhood at age six. Her father knew of her love of the beautiful game and could see that she was always the best player on her teams. He encouraged her to feed her passion and pursue her dream of playing professional soccer. When her father was on his death bed, he asked Lala's coach to watch over her and continue to encourage her, a wish that her coach has continued to honor.

Lala's parents are both gone now. She lives in her family home with five of her sisters and three of her brothers. They support each other and they encourage her in her devotion to the talibés, recognizing the importance of this work for her.

Lala is now completely devoted to the talibés. Her greatest worry is that if she falls sick, or even needs to take a few days away from Maison de la Gare, the children will miss her. She says: "If God is good, I will be able to remain at Maison de la Gare and help these children who trust and need me." She adds that the talibés are like her little brothers or her own children. It hurts her heart to be away from them. And it touches her deeply when the talibés call her name out to her on the streets of Saint Louis.

It is Lala's greatest wish for the future to be able to continue to commit herself to the talibé boys of Maison de la Gare.

"I feed myself off my love for the talibés and their love for me. I am one with them." - Lala Sène

... with her boys in Maison de la Gare
... with her boys in Maison de la Gare's center
Always ready to help, here repainting the center
Always ready to help, here repainting the center
Distributing food to talibes with volunteer Alicia
Distributing food to talibes with volunteer Alicia
Refereeing a game at Maison de la Gare
Refereeing a game at Maison de la Gare
Lala leading games for the talibes, with Abdou
Lala leading games for the talibes, with Abdou

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On the beach - a lighter side of volunteering
On the beach - a lighter side of volunteering

Sixteen amazing human beings bring the best of themselves to improve the lives of the talibé children

From the spring of 2018 until early 2019, sixteen volunteers from the United States and around Europe had an enormous impact on Maison de la Gare, on the lives of the talibé children and on their own lives. With commitments that ranged from a few weeks to six months, these individuals brought energy, creativity and caring to the begging street children that Maison de la Gare exists to support. They taught the children French, English and Spanish, led games, provided health care in the clinic and in the daaras where the children live, led excursions and sports activities, and introduced the children to the magic of drama and art. Most importantly, they treated the children with respect as their full equals and left them with a greater sense of their own worth and of the possibilities for a productive future.

Our hope in sharing the stories of these volunteers is that you, the reader, will know of others who could bring their magic to the talibé children, and for whom this experience could be magic.

The first volunteer of the season was Christoph, a fifty something German journalist. Christoph brought his special skills to bear in an insightful and troubling article published on our website, “A Prison for Children.” Shortly after Christoph left, Sam, a student from New York City, came for three weeks and worked with the children in arts, games, music and sports, engaging them with a gentle caring personality that quickly earned their affection. A Senegalese friend who worked with Sam at Maison de la Gare wrote to say that Sam gave away most of his shoes and clothes before he left. He described going on a night round with Sam looking for talibés sleeping in the streets. They found a boy sleeping alone. When they woke him up he was shivering uncontrollably, and Sam gave the boy his shirt and brought him dinner.

Joy from England arrived next, in mid-May, and quickly engaged with the children. Her story is on our website. Some excepts give a feeling for her experience. “I find it nearly impossible to put in to words everything that was my experience in Saint Louis with Maison de la Gare. When I close my eyes and take myself back, I picture the love of my host family, the mother who cared for me when I fell ill in the first week. All the different faces of the many children, their excitement and eagerness to play, for attention and to learn.” Joy shares a deep understanding of the critical role of volunteers: “I would urge anyone with a passion for helping others and a desire to become a Maison de la Gare volunteer to do so. Stay as long as possible; two months was what I was able to afford. I wish I could have stayed longer. The more time you can spend building up relationships and working out how you can make a difference, the better. Most importantly the contribution to the center as a volunteer is vital to its invaluable work in fighting for the rights of children and maintaining a safe space for them.”

Three remarkable young women from Florida State University arrived shortly after Joy, Simone and pre-med students Savannah and Taylor. Savannah wrote this reflection six-months after her return to the U.S.: There are no adequate words to quite describe this summer. It was a completely unique experience that I won’t ever again be able to duplicate. My time at Maison de la Gare taught me a great deal about how to overcome challenging language and cultural barriers. I think the most impactful part of my time was the relationships that I formed with my host family, with the talibés, with the Maison de la Gare workers and with my fellow students, Taylor and Simone.”

Savannah has recently been awarded the Humanitarian of the Year Award by her university, honoring her work with the talibé children. Taylor expressed her feelings in a testimonial for future volunteers: “Working with Maison de la Gare was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life so far. Saint Louis is a beautiful and historical town filled with amazing, welcoming and joyful people.  The staff members at Maison de la Gare are people I now consider family and very near to my heart. They were always there to comfort and entertain me with their daily jovial auras and made coming to the center every day even more enjoyable! Treating the talibé boys in the clinic was a very rewarding and extremely insightful experience as they constantly showed their appreciation for my help. They would always smile and call for me, even as I would walk around downtown or on my way home. It felt nice to have little friends everywhere I went.”

Three Spanish students, Paula, Naomi and Alex, brought their special spark to Maison de la Gare for two weeks in the late summer. Even with such a short stay they became deeply involved with the children, engaging them in arts, music and games. They were joined by two English adventuresses, Billie and Emily, who took a break from travels around Senegal to become immersed in the lives of the talibé children.

Graciela of California arrived in September for six months, a formative experience before starting university. Graciela’s ability to listen and strive to understand served her very well in fitting into a culture and work environment foreign to her experience, and she thrived. She worked primarily in our education programs, teaching English to the older talibés and French literacy to the younger children. Graciela was joined in November by Norwegian nurse Mari and one month later by Mari’s sister Lise. Mari and Lise’s story is the subject of another article on our website, about their family’s Christmas in Saint-Louis. Mari concludes this simply with a commitment: “Thank you Maison de la Gare for helping us help these talibé children. We will never stop doing that.”

The new year began with two volunteers from France. Jean marie was with us for two months and was deeply committed to finding ways to use his experience with information technology to benefit the talibé children. And Nathalie, an intern from the University of Bordeaux-Montaigne is with us for six months, working with the talibés students to understand how best to motivate their learning.

It is a rich tapestry, and Maison de la Gare and the talibé children have been blessed by every one of these dedicated individuals.

Sam, surrounded by his fans
Sam, surrounded by his fans
Savannah with soccer balls she donated
Savannah with soccer balls she donated
Abdou giving Simone a certificate of appreciation
Abdou giving Simone a certificate of appreciation
Taylor at home in the infirmary
Taylor at home in the infirmary
Spanish volunteers Naomi, Alex and Paula
Spanish volunteers Naomi, Alex and Paula
Graciela delights a talibe child
Graciela delights a talibe child
Nathalie, intensely animated with her students
Nathalie, intensely animated with her students
Jean marie shares his computer skills
Jean marie shares his computer skills

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Le Book Humanitaire left a permanent reminder
Le Book Humanitaire left a permanent reminder

Le Book Humanitaire’s mission to Maison de la Gare in Saint-Louis, Senegal

"When we left, which was unbelievably sad, I was deeply moved by the appreciation of the young talibés, by their smiles. They had prepared a song for us," recalls Daphné Deschambault, a secondary-five student at Polyvalente Saint-Jérôme in Quebec.

Twenty students from the Polyvalente and two teachers, Alain Dionne and Isabelle Levert, joined Rachel Lapierre, the founder of Le Book Humanitaire, to take a flight to the far reaches of the earth, to Saint-Louis in Senegal. It’s a poor and overcrowded city where there are talibés confined in daaras (the name given to Koranic schools). A talibé is a young boy from a poor family who has been entrusted to a Koranic teacher (a marabout) and who is expected to perfect his religious knowledge. "Do not look for girls," says Geneviève Bédard, another participant, "it is total inequality between the sexes in Senegal."

The fate of the talibés could not be more tragic. "It’s enough to fall into the hands of a bad marabout," says Émile Éthier, still proud of his experience building a concrete floor in a daara. Indeed, these naive children, virtual slaves, too often have to beg and take care of domestic tasks to enable their religious master and his family to live well. Unhealthy conditions, filth, poverty, disease, malnutrition. So many difficulties, but these boys live without it ever suppressing their proverbial smile, their thirst for discovery and their faith in existence.

The mission of the non-profit organization Le Book Humanitaire is to bring about positive change in such situations.

 

Culture Shock

To help, to want to share one's knowledge, one's humanity, is one thing. To do this in a situation where the reality is so different from our cultural points of reference is something else. "Children here fight for food ; we throw it out," says Genevieve. Daphne adds: "When I realized that not all the children were going to receive the food we had prepared for them, I was really upset."

Children who reach out their hands, wanting food but caught in the deprivation imposed by the Muslim Ramadan. This reality opened the Polyvalente students’ eyes. They felt pampered and privileged. "Young talibés are happy and grateful for life. We have everything, yet we are materialistic and dissatisfied. It changed me. I can’t wait to leave on another trip" says Justine Ouellet, her eyes sparkling.

In a country where a man’s wealth is measured by the number of goats he owns, the cultural differences are obvious. When the number of television antennas on a Senegalese house indicates the number of women a polygamous man has married, the culture shock is total.

The Polyvalente students, including Émile among others, have changed their personal habits. "In this context, seeing such poverty, I realized that I prefer to give rather than receive, especially to those who are poorer. Since my trip I am more sensitive to the misery of others, to the homeless as well. I even finish my meals!” he exclaims thoughtfully.

 

Many Tasks

Several work projects organized by Le Book Humanitaire gave students a chance to develop new skills. Some students were introduced to the world of basic health care in Maison de la Gare’s infirmary. "I learned to bandage, wash and disinfect wounds and to take blood pressure," says Geneviève Bédard, while one of her companions adds that some young children seek care only for the sake of being comforted.

Other students helped by painting a beautiful mural at the entrance to the center, and by beautifying the garden with colorfully painted discarded tires. "I loved the contact with the children while we were working on these projects," says Justine.

 

Isabelle Levert, teacher and trip organizer, summarizes their experience on their last day: "After a little shopping, part of our last day at Maison de la Gare, we finished the mural, distributed school supplies and educational games, and prepared and served the meal (the only one of the day for most of the children). And, we distributed maple syrup candy to everyone, along with caps and bracelets made by the students. We were warmly thanked, individually, by the children and by Maison de la Gare’s staff members. We are now part of their big family. The goodbyes were very difficult for some. But, to cheer up the troops, we danced and sang with them.”

Isabelle continues: "I don’t know if I should be happy or sad. I am happy because young students from Canada have left their studies, their families, their work, their comfort zones to help the talibé children of Maison de la Gare, and to better understand the causes of forced begging of the talibé children of Senegal. But even more, we had the immense pleasure of working with them. We truly hope that the bonds that have been forged will last forever and that we can continue to be a vibrant network of young intellectuals ready to work for a better life for the talibé children."

But beyond all these unforgettable memories, a doubt remains. The needy glances, the powerlessness in the face of a society whose organization escapes us. Through all this, Émile's wisdom offers hope. "The talibés find happiness in all the little things," he says, comparing our attitude to theirs.

 

p.s. Please note that all the persons named in this report, with the exception of teacher Isabelle Levert and Le Book Humanitaire founder Rachel Lapierre, are the Quebec student authors of the report.

Some students were introduced to basic health care
Some students were introduced to basic health care
... painting a beautiful mural outside the center
... painting a beautiful mural outside the center
Making a new floor in the sleeping area of a daara
Making a new floor in the sleeping area of a daara
Reading with children in Maison de la Gare library
Reading with children in Maison de la Gare library
Rachel Lapierre dansing with MDG teacher Abdou
Rachel Lapierre dansing with MDG teacher Abdou
The humanitarians, with appreciation certificates
The humanitarians, with appreciation certificates

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Maison de la Gare

Location: Saint Louis - Senegal
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Rod LeRoy
Saint Louis, Saint-Louis Senegal
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