The rapid growth of population with regional disparities, widespread poverty and insufficient provision of basic social services resulted in the pervasive child labour in Senegal. According to a survey in 2005, 36.7% of children aged 5 - 17 are forced by circumstances to work, and some get involved in begging, prostitution and illicit activities. In addition, low rate of birth registration hinders the access of un-registered children to basic social services such as health care and education. This project aims to improve the disadvantages of those children in Thies region through the following activities:
Strengthening communities, local government, religious leaders and NGOs through awareness raising campaigns and trainings on child labour and birth registration Liberating children from labour and providing them with informal/formal education, life skills training, vocational training and health care services Supporting families of targeted children through implementing income generating activities Promoting birth registration through supporting local NGOs, Community-based Organizations (CBOs) and communities Establishing community-based Child Labour Monitoring system This project is expected to promote both protection from child labour and empowerment of children in Thies region.