Introducing Samusocial Senegal
Learn all about our work in Dakar
Samusocial Senegal was founded by myself, Isabelle de Guillebon, as part of the Samusocial International Network in 2003.
I took up this challenge set by Doctor Xavier Emmanuelli, the renowned founder of Samusocial International, leaving my job in Paris as a Human Resources Director to support street children in Dakar.
At first we coordinated mobile street activities with a small team, and then we opened a centre at Ouakam (Dakar). Our team and activities have been developing ever since, and I am proud to share our work with you today.
Why did we set up a centre for street children?
street children identified by our NGO
new children encountered each month
A core factor of this social exclusion: urbanisation
“The environment of humanity is changing; we are all going to end up living in cities, but traditional societies are no longer relevant in a city”
So what are we doing?
1. Street Rounds
with 2 Mobile Assistance Teams
in our shelter based in the district of Ouakam
3. Family reunification
coordinated by social workers, psychologists and our Mobile Orientation Team
Two Mobile Assistance Teams, made up of a social worker, who acts as team coordinator, a physician and a driver, tour the streets of Dakar day and night, 5 days a week.
Providing emergency care
We have 4 missions: offering medical assistance, psychosocial support, preventive education, and paving a way out of the street for the children.
Our centre aims to help children rebuild their spatial, temporal, social and psycho-affective bearings.
Facilitating street exit projects
Our goal is to ensure that family reunifications are long-lasting. We give particular attention to the quality of the support to street exit projects and monitor the children and their families once they are reunited.
Our key results in 2013
medical or social interventions
meals served at the centre
successful family reunifications
Why do we need you?
With the increasing number of street children requiring care and assistance, we have to find new sources of funding.
This is why we launched a crowdfunding campaign with United Donations to collect recurring donations from private donors and corporate philanthropists.
Curious about our crowdfunding campaign? See our next Storymaker!