Talibé children discover a new world, right next door
The talibé children of Maison de la Gare recently had the opportunity to discover a corner of Gandiol, an area close to Saint Louis where they had never been despite its nearness. This excursion was organized by Maison de la Gare’s volunteers and staff working with volunteers and staff from the association “Hahatay - Smiles from Gandiol”.
Almost a hundred children gathered at Maison de la Gare’s center that day to participate in the excursion, which was to include minibus transportation, food and a guided tour of the area.
This day will be etched in the memories of the young talibés, thanks the opportunity to discover an extraordinary place. The mere fact of leaving behind their daily routine and the bustle of the city to spend a day of leisure in the Gandiolesque calm was a release for these children, a breath of fresh air and a source of energy for returning to face their challenging day-to-day lives.
In Gandiol they visited the House of the Little Ones, a classroom built by Hahatay volunteers and staff from plastic bottles filled with sand. They were able to play and sing with the young students and the teachers of the school, and with the Hahatay volunteer team. The school’s director donated a bag of soap to Maison de la Gare, a commodity that is used in large quantities at Maison de la Gare’s center both for personal hygiene and for the laundry that talibé children do every day.
Afterwards, the children went for a walk to visit the salt flats, where they learned how salt from the sea is concentrated by the sun’s energy so that it can be collected by community women. And they visited the emblematic lighthouse that gives its name to the district of Pilote, whose history they learned thanks to the friendly lighthouse keeper who explained the critical role that this lighthouse has played guiding ships far out to sea.
There was also time on the beach for free play and rest.
Lunch was prepared by Maison de la Gare’s team with help from the teachers from the House of the Little Ones; there were sandwiches, juices and sweets for everyone, shared by children and adults … a perfect ending after so much activity.
In addition to the benefits of this day for the talibé children, it was also a day of networking and sharing for staff and volunteers from the two organizations, sharing their commitment to working for the common good of vulnerable children.
It was a different day, a special day for the almost 100 talibés. The joyful faces, the smiles and the words of thanks make all our efforts worthwhile, and give us strength to continue fighting so that the daily lives of these children can be a little less difficult.
A ten for all the team members who participated in this event, from the organization of the event to the day itself, both the Maison de la Gare team, workers and volunteers and the Hahatay volunteers and staff including the teachers of the House of the Little Ones.
In conclusion, a day to repeat!