REACH - Senegal

Senegal is a country on Africa’s west coast known for its French colonial heritage and natural attractions. Despite the creation of an educational system that enables every citizen access to education, 61% of the population is illiterate. In rural areas, children may have to travel long distances on foot only to arrive at makeshift schools that are often far from ideal.

Why Senegal?

of the population is illiterate
of people live below the poverty line
almost half of the population is unemployed

Somaback, Senegal


There are 1,643 people living in the village of Somaback, which is part of the Niakhar community in the region of Fatick. Somaback was founded in the 1950s by Malick Sall and Djeguane Sarr. The people of Somaback belong primarily to the Serrere and Wolof ethnic groups, and there are also some Fulani people. Both Islam and Christianity are practiced here. The primary incoming generating activities in Somaback are farming and livestock breeding. Farmers grow millet, peanuts, beans and corn as their staple crops. Most families have well water in their homes. There is no electricity but there is cell phone reception. The nearest medical clinic is 1.2 miles away in the village of Mbadatte; people generally travel there by donkey or horse cart.
Click here to learn more about the school in Somaback, Senegal.


Thioce Est ONCAD, Senegal


The village of Thioce Est ONCAD, is located in the Thies region. Most of the people are subsistence farmers who rear livestock and grow corn, hibiscus, millet and beans. At the time of construction, Thioce Est ONCAD had one government supported primary school, with 128 students (64 girls and 64 boys). Two teachers taught two grade levels in one temporary classroom made out of sewn together supply bags. Students walked as far as 3 kilometers to another community with suitable classrooms for learning. Click here to learn more about the school in Thioce Est ONCAD, Senegal.