OUR ORGANIZATION



Maison de la Gare is a non-profit, non-denominational and non-political non-governmental organization, founded in 2007 by a group of ten young Senegalese men and women driven by a determination to improve the lives of the begging talibé street children of Senegal.


Maison de la Gare's team works to help the talibé children integrate into Senegalese society, through education, professional training, and sports and arts activities



Maison de la Gare provides complete and balanced support for the talibé children



Emotional Support

The talibés often suffer from psychological problems related to their separation from their parents and family. They desperately need a place where they are listened to, and can reclaim their identities as children.



Education

Talibé children rarely have the chance to go to school. Learning to read and write and having access to books and computers gives them a sense of self-worth and helps them to not feel inferior to other children.



Health Care and Hygiene

Maison de la Gare provides the talibés with hygiene support and basic health care.



Sports

Organized sports let the talibé children forget their difficult lives for a few hours and feel a sense of belonging and accomplishment.



Support for Talibé Children in Crisis

Maison de la Gare recovers hundreds of boys each year who have run away and are living on the streets. Their cases are analyzed, and they are reintegrated safely either into their daaras or in their home communities.



Towards self-sufficiency

Lacking formal education, older talibé children mush acquires skills to become financially independent. Maison de la Gare has developed apprenticeship activities for them and, when they graduate, has a microfinance program to help them become self-supporting.



Development at the Local Level


Above all, Maison de la Gare is a local development initiative. The organisation lobbies aggressively for the cause of the talibé children, and works to make this a central issue of political debate both within Senegal and internationally. In support of it's objectives, Maison de la Gare's team works to build and maintain strong collaborative relationships with government authorities, other non-governmental organisations, and in particular with the marabouts who are the key to realizing real change.



Partners

Maison de la Gare was recognized as a Non-Governmental Organization by the Senegalese Ministry of the Interior on
July 3, 2019, with the number MINT/DGAT/DPONG/DAPI 01642

   Board of Directors


Members of Maison de la Gare's Board of Directors are elected for a period of three years by the annual General Assembly. Current directors are:



Ndeye Diodio Calloga Secretray General and Child Protection Officer






Maodo Diagne
Founder and Director of Action Femme Enfants, an association working for the most underprivileged, especially mothers and their children



Baye Ndaraw Diop
Treasurer, and responsible for Maison de la Gare's program to find, take into care, return and follow up on children in crisis



Issa Kouyaté
President and Founder (in 2007) of Maison de la Gare








Rod LeRoy
Partner since 2008, and president of Rev. C.F. Johnston Foundation (Canada)





Gora Sèye Regional Director of l'Action sociale in Saint Louis (Ministry of Health and Social Action)






Abdou Soumaré
Responsible for Maison de la Gare's educational programs