A country in western Africa, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. It became independent of France on the 4th of April 1960. It is one of the most politically stable countries in Africa. Nevertheless, it remains among the countries with the lowest level of social development. Almost a half of the country’s area is occupied by farming land, but farming is becoming increasingly difficult due to frequent climate shocks. The highest temperature of 48.8 °C has been recorded in Matam.
- 38% of the society lives below the threshold of poverty, that is, for less than 1.90 USD per day
- the employment rate in Senegal is 50.6%
- 44% of the working population is engaged in farming
- only 13.9% of the population aged 25 or more has any post-elementary education
- the literacy index among the youth aged 15 to 24 is 69.8%
Good Factory makes dreams come true! Do you remember Emma, a student from our school in Dakar, whose biggest dream was hip surgery? We shared her story with you on November 20. Emma’s dream was to be able to walk like other girls. She was born with a deformed hip joint and spent years knocking on the doors of various organizations, asking for help wherever possible, losing time and hope in the process. She finally arrived at the Franciscan Sisters school, which is when we shared her story with you. It took you just one day to raise the money needed for her surgery!
See for yourselves just how happy this made Emma!