Project #10053

Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal

by Maison de la Gare
May 3, 2013

For the Love of the Beautiful Game

Victorious MDG team celebrates its win
Victorious MDG team celebrates its win

Maison de la Gare organizes regular football (soccer) tournaments for the talibes of Saint Louis. Football is universally adored, and the talibe children demonstrate an impressive level of skill as they play, despite poor nutrition and hydration and a lack of shoes on their feet. What they have no shortage of is determination, competitive spirit, and love for the beautiful game.

As the children waited for the bus that would transport them to the Senegol Field in Gandon, about 15 km from Saint Louis, they got pumped-up with djembe drumming, dancing, and a general spirit of celebration.  On the bus, which was packed to its limit with excited children, the celebrations continued with clapping, drumming, and chanting.

The tournament included three games, played among the teams fielded by associations dedicated to improving the talibes' lives, Maison de la Gare, Taliberte and Claire Enfance. Younger talibes, hopeful of a future spot on a team, watched attentively from the sidelines.

All the talibe players demonstrated heart and skill. But, Maison de la Gare's team was triumphant, winning both matches, 2-0 and 3-0, emerging as the victors for the day overall. The proud spirit of victory and sense of happiness clung to the Maison de la Gare children, staff, and international volunteers alike for the rest of the day, and beyond.

Djembe drumming, pumping up for the match
Djembe drumming, pumping up for the match
Young talibes dream of a future position on a team
Young talibes dream of a future position on a team
Lamine, team captain, proudly hoists the trophy
Lamine, team captain, proudly hoists the trophy

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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
$65,226 raised of $69,900 goal
780 donations
$4,674 to go
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