We are working to secure sustainable livelihoods in horticulture for 38 vulnerable boys (talibes) in Saint-Louis, Senegal. 18 boys already completed a 10-month training and are starting a chicken rearing income-generating activity. A 2nd cohort of 20 will receive the same training and support to access (self) employment. Your donation will allow for both cohorts to benefit from the technical, entrepreneurship and social support they need to succeed, as well as essential equipment and expenses.
In Senegal "talibes" are mostly boys aged 4+, sent by their parents to an unregulated Koranic school. Talibes are often forced to beg on the streets in huge numbers, estimated at 50,000. After completion, their job opportunities are limited and they have no access to formal vocational training. We successfully trained 18 talibes (aged 15-25) in horticulture and now provide follow-up support to help them secure a stable income, while giving the same opportunities to a second cohort of 20 talibes.
Having successfully trained the first cohort of talibes in a government-run vocational training centre, there is a real opportunity for this project to serve as a model. With your help, we will provide the training centre with a dedicated social worker and a "follow-up and integration" officer for vulnerable students and alumni, and cover the cost of essential equipment and other expenses to allow the talibes to either set up their own business or find employment.
Our project will secure livelihoods for 38 vulnerable young Senegalese, who will be able to provide for their families. It is our aim to document the importance of the social worker and "follow-up and integration" officer in guaranteeing successful outcomes for these young men. We hope that this project will serve as a model, opening the door to formal vocational training centres to talibes, and be replicated at a national level to tackle issues of youth unemployment and economic migration.