Project #10053

Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal

by Maison de la Gare
Dec 31, 2012

A Welcome New Member for Maison de la Gare's Team

Mapate Bousso, Maison de la Gare
Mapate Bousso, Maison de la Gare's administrator

Maison de la Gare is delighted to announce that a new member has joined its project team in Saint Louis, Mapaté Bousso.  As Maison de la Gare has grown, so has the urgent need for a member of the team to take charge of the myriad administrative details that need attention every day.

Mapaté holds a Master’s degree in Commerce and International Business Management from the Faculty of Economic Science and Management of Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar.  He takes his new role with Maison de la Gare very much to heart.  In his words in his letter of motivation:

“I am deeply moved by what I have read and seen of Maison de la Gare’s work, and feel very proud of how you have struggled on behalf of these children.  I agree with you on the question of talibé begging.  It is a public calamity which corrodes Senegalese society at its core.  All human beings must struggle for its eradication, whatever their social class, race or religion.  Aren’t these individuals born free and equal?  It would be a grave injustice – even a crime – to not take action in the face of the intolerable situation of the talibés.  These children, left to themselves and deprived of their most fundamental rights (food, clothing, medical care, education and happiness), deserve our full attention.  Wouldn’t it be a happy thing to fan the flame of hope that has been extinguished in them since they were labelled ‘talibés’?  Thus, I can only embark with great enthusiasm on such a noble mission.”

Mapaté is assuming responsibility for all administrative and financial aspects of Maison de la Gare’s operations, working closely with Issa Kouyaté and other members of the team.  He will administer Maison de la Gare’s web site (, set up and maintain records of the talibé children participating in the association’s various programs, prepare monthly reports following the development of Maison de la Gare and of the children whom it serves and, with Issa, take charge of financial reporting and financing efforts.

A very warm welcome to our team, Mapaté.  We are counting on you!!

Mapate with talibe children in MDG
Mapate with talibe children in MDG's office
Mapate at work with Canadian partner Rod LeRoy
Mapate at work with Canadian partner Rod LeRoy



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Maison de la Gare

Location: Saint Louis - Senegal
Website: http:/​/​​eng.html
Project Leader:
Rod LeRoy
Saint Louis, Saint-Louis Senegal
$65,367 raised of $69,900 goal
784 donations
$4,533 to go
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