Empire of the Children
I have been involved with Empire of the Children for some time now, and during numerous visits to the project I have seen how it has developed over the years. Originally a small project helping only a handful of boys, the centre now takes in girls and vulnerable women too. It really does transform lives in a country where there is no safety net for the poorest people in society. I cannot think of a better way to spend my birthday than helping the centre grow.
Demba Ba - At the Human Appeal Gala Dinner
In Senegal’s capital city, Dakar, there is a growing number of children between the ages of four to 15 living rough on the streets.
These children are often sent to Dakar by their families, who live hundreds of kilometres away in rural areas. Extremely vulnerable and alone, they urgently need protecting from hunger, child trafficking, slavery and forced begging.
Although measures have been taken to put an end to the exploitation of children in Senegal, (the country is a signatory to the International Convention on the Rights of the Child), there are still around 50,000 children living rough on the streets of Dakar who require immediate medical care and psychosocial support. The children also need to be reunited with their families.Support this project
How we’re helping
In partnership with Empire of the Children, we’re helping to reintegrate the street children by providing basic education and food as well as medical care, psychosocial support, family mediation as well as accommodation and skills training.
The Empire of Children has been providing a sanctuary for children living on the streets of Dakar for over 10 years, reducing their vulnerability and redirecting the kids towards social rehabilitation. Together we’re constructing an emergency reception centre catering for 250 vulnerable street children. The children’s centre, which was once an open air cinema, also has dorms, classrooms, a dining area and a prayer area.
Please help support this fantastic project. Help us get these children off the streets.Support this project