Give Laurinda the chance for a good and safe life

Senegal

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.

Overview:
  • 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%
We pay for education of

56 girls

at the vocational school in Dakar

100%

of our graduates work in their profession

20.04.2023

Laurinda watches in awe as her classmates – other schoolgirls – attempt to decorate their first ever tart. She’s great at embroidery, but has been trying to take on other challenges for a while, and the tart is this week’s challenge. A simple pastry to go with the coffee, which will be forgotten as soon as the last crumb is gone from the plate.

But Laurinda takes in the image as if she were at the most important lecture of her life. She doesn’t bake the cake for her own pleasure. She regularly appears in the Foyer kitchen with one task: to learn as much as possible. To practise as much as possible. Here, such knowledge means employability, and a job means security, a roof over your head, a meal and access to medicine.

Today, the kitchen smells of limes. A smell that will long be associated with new opportunities for our students. The difficult situation in Laurinda’s home forced the girl to drop out of primary school. Such a young child could not secure an education on her own, and when the girl had grown up and was able to earn her first money, no educational institution wanted to accept her at the age of 20.

That’s how she ended up in our Foyer – a school that doesn’t put up barriers, but looks for solutions.

The labour market in Senegal soaks up workers with specific skills at an incredible rate, and because the school is managed in an exemplary way and taught by masters in their craft, our students are guaranteed employment afterwards.

The condition? They must finish their education. Ambition is not a problem; each pupil understands that such an opportunity may not come again.

However, a school is not just about the building and the teachers and the burning ambition. It is also the simplest things that we have to provide: a bag of flour, sugar, sticks of butter, a bag of limes. This is an expense beyond the means of our schoolgirls.

A chance for Laurinda costs around PLN 23 – as much as the ingredients for her tart. Another skill which she will be able to bring with her to her first stable employer. Or maybe she will open her own business?

The young woman’s story kicks off Global Action Week for Education – close to our heart because in countries like Senegal, where we are fighting for equal opportunities, education is crucial for our charges to become independent.

By visiting GoodWorks 24/7 and donating ingredients for Laurinda’s baked goods, you are giving her the chance for a good, safe life.

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