The Foyer de Jeunes Filles is a beautiful facility in Tambacounda that houses young women from the surrounding villages who come to this regional capital to attend high school.
Because rural Senegalese communities still practice childhood marriage, with girls removed from school and forced to take husbands, the opportunity for advanced education is the most effective means of assuring them a different future. Inaugurated in November, 2007, the Foyer des Jeunes Filles provides dormitory space, a computer lab, a library, a dining hall, sports facilities, and a fully operational kitchen garden which produces locally grown ingredients for all daily meals. The young women who live there are able to attend either the nearby public lycée in Tambacounda or a local parochial school, while enjoying salubrious and happy living conditions that provide a strong sense of community.
Le Korsa funded much of the initial construction of the Foyer de Jeunes Filles through two generous grants from our benefactors. In 2009, we helped double the school’s original 50-student capacity.
In summer 2018, 20 girls from the Foyer underwent journalism training. They produced a newspaper and a radio program on the subject of early marriage. To download their French-language newspaper, please click here. To listen to the radio program, click here (please note it is in French).