Thiès Programme Unit
Area: 6,601 sq. km
Population: 1,442,338 (2005)
Sponsored children: Around 6,600
Thiès region is located in the western part of Senegal, 70km from Dakar, the capital. The dominant ethnic groups are Wolofs and Sérères. Most of the populations are subsistence farmers and cattle herders. They earn their living by growing peanuts, millet, beans and cassava during the rainy season, which generally lasts from July to September.
Plan Senegal started operating in Thiès in 1986 covering 137 villages. Every year, we work on a wide range of programmes to improve children’s lives, including health, education, livelihood, child protection, early childhood development and more.
Access to quality education
Plan Senegal aims to ensure that all children, youths and adults acquire basic skills to help them realise their full potential. We support quality education for children in reading, writing, counting and other life skills. Working with communities, we also help build and refurbish classrooms.
Improving living conditions
Facilitating better access to financial services has boosted living conditions in Thiès. In each rural community, a credit union is created, enabling women to save and obtain loans to run their own household businesses, such as livestock rearing and small street restaurants. The income generated allows women to meet their children’s needs.
Advocacy for children’s rights
Plan Senegal advocates for children’s rights by working in partnership with other local actors to promote Plan’s global ‘Learn Without Fear’ campaign to end violence in schools, and girls’ education.
Integrated early childhood care and development
In Thiès, Plan Senegal has launched a programme that combines health and nutrition to early learning stimulation for children aged from 2-6 years old. Caregivers from the community are trained to help parents care for their children and support their physical and emotional development.
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