Project #10053

Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal

by Maison de la Gare
Apr 26, 2013

Talibe Children Discover their African Heritage

Young talibe fascinated by his first African oryx
Young talibe fascinated by his first African oryx

Maison de la Gare staff and international volunteers accompagnied thirty talibe children on a field trip to the Guembeul Natural Fauna Reserve, a half hour drive from Saint Louis in northern Senegal.  The excursion was a welcome holiday from the regime of forced begging that the boys live with every day. For some the talibes, it was the first time they had left the city in over five years and, for many, it was their first exposure to the rich natural environment that is part of their African heritage.

Young talibes were fascinated to hold baby sulcata turtles in their hands and they were astonished at the size of the turtles' 72-year-old father.  The children enjoyed searching for and spotting scimitar-horned onyx and dama gazelles, now all extinct in the African wild. 

The day was a delight for the children and adults alike.  It was a day of freedom to play, explore and simply enjoy being a child.  And, it sure beats begging.

30 excited talibes arrive at Guembeul Reserve
30 excited talibes arrive at Guembeul Reserve
Talibe children marvelling at a turtle
Talibe children marvelling at a turtle
The talibes happily gather for a photo souvenir
The talibes happily gather for a photo souvenir

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Organization Information

Maison de la Gare

Location: Saint Louis - Senegal
Website: http:/​/​​eng.html
Project Leader:
Rod LeRoy
Saint Louis, Saint-Louis Senegal
$64,153 raised of $67,500 goal
766 donations
$3,347 to go
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