Every Kid Counts - Senegal

Tess Hunneybell - Trauma Psychologist
...making things better

Hi, I’m Tess and I have founded a child slave rescue project in Senegal offering care to 226 Talibe children who are forced to beg for survival and marginalised local children.

Over the last 13 months I have opened Café Jàmme Xaleyi (Peace Child Café) in the market square where we serve The Big Breakfast each morning to all children in need. We give basic medical and dental care plus we are emotional and financial allies of children needing long term hospital care. Currently our team is also working inside two Daaras, religious schools where the Talibé live in adverse poverty and squalor. We are repairing, decorating, adding utilities and furniture.  So far 53 children now sleep in a bed with warm bedding and not on a filthy cold concrete floor. Our goal is to have all 198 in a bed by the end  2021.

Raising £10,500 will enable us to support these children through the COVID-19 Crisis for another 6 months. Our coastal tourist town is closed due to the block on all tourists entering Senegal during COVID-19. Senegal is in no way equipped to for this virus. 

100% Less Tourists
85%    Less Population due to lack of work
78%    Less income for remaining workers
There is barley enough income to support the locals who in turn can no longer support the Talibé.

What we do…

We have over 100 children that show up to our location that rely on us to survive daily. We feed the children healthy meals so they can continue to survive.
If a child need medical attention, we have access to medicine that can help them get through sickness and injury. Especially trips to the hospital and dentist.
Most of these children have only the rags on their back as their entire wardrobe. We provide clothing and shoes to keep them going.
A simple thing as water is not easy to come by. With you help we can provide the basic necessities to children so they don’t have to drink out of dirty rivers.
Repairing, decorating, adding utilities and furnishing the squalid sheds these children sleep in after a hard days work begging. 

How your donations are spent
A safe space
Hot stew filled baguette + big slice of fresh fruit, clean drinking water, hot drink.
Tooth brush & paste.
Psychological & Loving Care
Football Coaching
Art Therapy

£5 Per Month 
Medical & Dental Care.

£15 Per Child
Shorts, t-shirt, sandals, tracksuit for Sleeping 

£30 Per month pays the rent on the center

£25 per month pays gas & electricity

At Every Kid Counts we urgently need to repair and decorate the squalid living quarters at Daara Nangal the home of 30% the street begging children who come to us for daily care. 

53 boys from 3 to 17 live in a concrete shed 28M2. 
35 children under 12 share 10.27m2 filthy concrete floor space.
They ungently need:
Beds – they sleep on a dirty concrete foot under a few rags
Warm blankets
Clean Running Water plumbed in
The leaking roof repaired
Toilets repaired 
Electrics – complete rewire (dangerous ancient lines) lights & fans
Window shutters fitted for security
Mosquito netting for windows. Malaria & dengue are rampant.
All walls stripped and painted
Cleaning products

Cost £985 - donate £2 and buy a sweeping brush

Let's make 'Every Kid Counts - Senegal, Sustaining Children in Crisis'  happen.

Aged between 1 to 17, an estimated 600,000 children called Talibés are sent to live and study at Daaras – religious schools, a practice grounded in cultural tradition. Based on existing data, Human Rights Watch estimates that more than 100,000 Talibés living in residential daaras across Senegal are forced by their Quranic teachers, also known as marabouts, to beg daily for money, food, rice or sugar. Thousands of these children live in conditions of extreme squalor, denied sufficient food, medical care and an education. Many are also subject to physical abuse amounting to inhuman and degrading treatment.

Each child who begs is vulnerable to all predators and perpetrators. The number of Talibés who die from physical abuse, abduction and accidents while working on the streets rises weekly.

The Talibés are a mix of Senegalese children who’s parents have them sent away for 3 years to get a religious education without truly knowing their child will be exploited and children who are orphaned, abandoned and trafficked from neighbouring countries.

The children wearing filthy rags beg from sunrise to sunset in full view of police and gendarmes, near government buildings, between moving cars and along busy highways. Some are as young as three years old, and many suffer from increasing post traumatic stress, attachment depression, exhaustion, malnutrition, skin infections, physical and mental abuse. They survive on handouts of little bags of sugar, an occasional meal and the garbage on the roads.

Time for Change: A call for urgent action to end the forced child begging of Talibés in Senegal.

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Theresa Hunneybell 
London, UK
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