Senegal, Africa
Our mission is simple:

SSMN has developed a partnership in the city of Saint Louis, Senegal.  Community development efforts focus on the poorest neighborhood where a handful of local Senegal nationals run the Yoonu Njup Community Center** which has a girls training center, medical clinic, library  and church on site.  The leaders of the center have focused on health and education as a way to bring about change in their community. 

SSMN has a tremendous opportunity to participate in bringing practical solutions and hope to a population that is caught in a cycle of poverty and despair.

Our efforts include:

Support of the medical clinic located in the Yoonu Njup Community Center

The medical clinic is run by staff who are well respected and known for their effective and compassionate care.  They have only basic supplies and limited educational opportunities.  SSMN seeks to come along side and provide teaching and training opportunities in addition to providing medical supplies and sending short term medical teams for intensive community outreach.

The medical clinic is a valuable resource in a community where  health care is unavailable to most people. 

Support of the girls school located in the Yoonu Njup Community Center

This school trains 30+ teen girls in reading, writing and a marketable trade over a 2 year period.  In a region where the literacy rate*for girls is sadly only 29%, this school provides an opportunity for an education and skill training that will give these girls a chance to break free from the cycle of poverty that their families have always known.

   • ("Literacy rate" is defined as: age 15 and over able to read and write)

Support of the outreach program to "street kids"

These are mainly boys aged 5-16 who spend their days begging in the streets. 

The community center provides hundreds of these kids with a safe place to receive a meal, medical care and most importantly, LOVE.

Support of the proposed vocational school

At the end of 2013, we completed the construction of a vocational training center focused on providing marginalized and at risk teens with valuable skills and career preparation. The school will start classes in October 2014.

About Senegal

Senegal is a developing nation in West Africa.  The official language is French, but Wolof is commonly spoken. This is a very poor nation where the unemployment rate is 48% and over 50% of the people live below the poverty level. Access to adequate health care is lacking, contributing to a high infant mortality rate and a low life expectancy.  Access to education is lacking, leading to a literacy rate (defined as: age 15 and over able to read and write) of only 29% for girls and only 39% for the population as a whole.

Statistics obtained from the CIA WORLD FACTBOOK  https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sg.html

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