Mission report : April 2016

Participants members : Patricia Mowbray, Marc Perpitch, Emmanuelle Martin, Boubacar Seck, Ibrahima Khouma, Assan Faye, Lassana Keita


April the 11th

Wassadou – opened in 2014

In the presence of

the monitors Marie Camara (First year), Balassama Fofana (Second year), Mariama Ndiaye (Third year)

Mister Mamadou Sangaré, the managing comity president. Mister Dialo, the head of the primary school.

Mister Diarra Idrissa, representative of the company La Villageoise.


Number of pupils: First Section : 34 pupils

Second Section : 24 pupils

Third Section : 22 pupils Total : 90 pupils


Viewing of the premises :

The teachers desks have been delivered as well as the little tables for the children. They are made by Babacar Silla, a cabinetmaker in Tambacounda.

The monitors are starting to get their bearings in the school but they point out their need of a training program. The attendance sheets are well-filled.

With no change from the last mission, we notice that the school is not really well kept, except for the toilets and the lack of water is given as an excuse. The plantations are suffering from this lack too.

The WFP (World Food Program) has suspended its provision of supplies in 3/4 of the schools in Senegal. So the kitchen is currently not working.


Managing comity meeting :

The managing comity is informing us of the desertion of about 15 pupils during the year, apparently due to some families who are moving to look for new gold-bearing lode near the Guinea frontier.

Every family has to give 500 FCFA (around 90cts $) per child each month, but it is not enough to pay for the monitors and the maintenance.

Furthermore, no training program has been proposed to the monitors since last year.

It is reminded that the lack of water is standing in the way of the good working of the kindergarten.

The head of the primary school Mister Dialo has made a really positive assessment of the 101 children who have been in our kindergarten over the 121 children he is in charge of this year in 4th and 5th grade. Time saving, more disciplined children, level improved thanks to the acquisition of basics knowledge, and so on.

M. Dialo in Wassadou

M. Dialo in Wassadou

The notebooks we saw during our mission are proof of this improvement.


Everybody is very pleased of the work in progress for the well. It started the 4th of April and should be over before the wintering. The Tambacounda company La Villageoise, who is taking care of the works, has became in 2013 an economic interest grouping of 20 people and has already dig around a hundred of wells in the area. This company works with NGO like Aide Action and the Gambia producers association. It will also train two technicians on site so that they can maintain the well. It has been dug to a depth of 23 meters. To finish it, a wood lid and a pulley will be installed. There is a fence around it.

The pipes of the well

The pipes of the well

With this well, everyone is assuring us that the issues from the lack of water will be over… We hope so and will see it during our next trip.


-The managing comity has opened a land for food crops for the kindergarten. The plantations should start before wintering. They will be sold on the market to complete the monitors wages or will be used for the kitchen. The representative of La Villageoise Mister Diarra Idrissa offers to follow this project of vegetable garden as his contribution to Racines d’Enfance.

-In this village of more than 2000 inhabitants, we have to build a more aggressive enrolment method for next year (in the end of October, beginning of November according to the rainy season. We will ask some help from the Tambacounda Inspection and the village authorities. For the record, there were 150 children in 2014.

-Mister Dialo informs us about a monthly teaching activity committee which is training teachers and monitors in the Tambacounda area. This committee has been created by the Tambacounda regional education authority and is directed by Mister Ba. After a few discussions, the three monitors are included and since the 18th of April, the committee is coming several times a month to Wassadou to train them. There will also be a training in June in Missira. Racines d’Enfance will pay for the monitors travel expenses.

So despite the difficulties, we are happy to see that the school team is there and motivated. Mister Dialo is a major contribution for the good spirit of the team and the kindergarten organization.


April the 12th

Saal – opened in 2004

In the presence of

Mister Alphonse Mounkoro, contractor at Kabaye Consortium

Elisabeth Youn and Cécile Faye, monitors

Jérôme Thiaw, managing comity president


Number of pupils: 39 pupils in one hut because the second hut is in a really bad state.

First Section : 17 pupils (12 B / 5 G)

Second Section : 22 pupils (10 B / 12 G)



The children are still watched by the two monitors Cécile and Elisabeth for 8 years. They would also need a training program.

It is noteworthy that there are two primary school in Saal where the children can go after the kindergarten, a public one and a private one. The private school has been mostly built thanks to founds from Europe expatriates.

A snack payed by the parents is given to the children. There is no more canteen.

The families have to pay 500 FCFA (around 90cts $) per children per month.

The kindergarten in Saal has been built 12 years ago in strengthened mud by the craftsmen of the village.

We had decided last November to renovate the whole kindergarten. The company Kabaye Consortium will do the works, starting in May and ending in June.

We are still waiting for the last quotation that should include also the works in Koar.



-Everyone is really excited about the works so that the kindergarten can welcome more children next year.

-A training program has to be planned for the monitors.


Koar – opened in 2006

Number of pupils:

First/Second Section : 56 pupils (26B / 30G)

Second/Third Section : 47 pupils (28B / 19G)

Total: 103 pupils


The monitors Misses Samba and Camara welcome us in the school and then we meet the new managing comity, presided by Miss Adama Doumbouya, with the treasurer Miss Diouma Sene, the vice-president Louise Diouf and Mister Camara Salif, president of the pupils parents. And also Lassana Keita, head of the primary shcool.

The kindergarten asks 3000 FCFA (environ 4,50€) per child for a year. Recovery rate : 50 %, with a goal of 100 % by the end of June.

The canteen has also stopped due to the suspension of the WFP (only 8 schools over 35 are still receiving supplies from the WFP. But the primary school of Koar for exemple only receive 16 bags of rice against 40 bags in the last years, for 350 children).


Emmanuelle Martin in Koar

Emmanuelle Martin in Koar

Solutions :

-We took the decision to expend the land of 8*35 meters for food crops next year. The kindergarten is linked to the water tower so it has running water.

-The managing comity happily informs us that the children are coming back to the kindergarten (they were only 22 last November) and the issues at that time are now solved. As promised, Racines d’Enfance payed exceptionnally the monitors wages.

The managing comity will do it at the beginning of the year as we agreed. They assure us that the account will be in balance by then and that the kindergarten will be autonomous again.

-Renovation of the huts roofs in straw or sheet metal. We are discussing the quotations with the Kabaye Consortium representative.

And everything ends around a delicious Yassa  chicken at Miss Camara’s house with the contractor, the monitors and the head of the school.


Marc Perpitch

Marc Perpitch

April the 14th

Ndoss – opened in 2009 In the presence of

Mister Abdoulaye Solama Diallo, school inspector of Fatick

Khadi Faye, head of the kindergarten

Fatou Diouf and Khassime Faye, teachers

Assan Faye


The team of Ndoss

The team of Ndoss

Number of pupils: First Section : 32 pupils (15B / 17G)

Second Section : 35 pupils (17B / 18G)

Third Section : 43 pupils (16B / 27G)

Total: 110 pupils

The school is perfectly well kept ! The notebooks are filled regularly, so we can follow precisely the children improvement.

The children leave the kindergarten with a great head start to go to primary school.


Ndoss Maternity

Aïcha shows us around. The buildings are very well kept. There are about 30 child-birth per month. Two den mothers and one midwife are working in the maternity. 20 villages are depending on this medical center. The team asks for a new delivery table.

Since the renovation, there has been no death.

Ndoss Sanghaie

There are 2691 inhabitants in this village. The register of birth is computerized.

Attending the first meeting were the school inspector Mr Diallo, the representative of the head of the village Mister Diouf as well as some public figure of the village. Mr Diallo underlined the importance of preschooling and self-sufficiency. The comity settled on a 500 FCFA subscription per month per child with a 500 fcfa registration fees.

There is no temporary shelters. There are 486 children in the primary school.

The formation of the managing comity will be decided by the end of May by Mister Diouf. Mr Diouf is a franco-senegalese retired computer engineer who is spending his retirement in his home village.

We changed our mind about the land and decide to choose the other one which is closest to the primary school but also the water and electricity.


The future land for the school in Sanghaie

The future land for the school in Sanghaie

April the 15th

Diagane Barka – opened in 2011

In the presence of

Miss Ndao, head of the kindergarten

Miss Gakou, childminder

and Miss Diouf, family counsellor


Number of pupils:

43 pupils

Fall of headcount due to the competition of an “arabic” school (which is free) and the suspension of the WFP.

To face this, Racines d’Enfance decides to take care of the provision of supplies for one year. Starting November, we will give 8 bags of 50kg of rice, 70L of powder milk, 8 bags of 25kg of enriched flour, 25kg of sugar and 30L of cooking oil. Everything will be delivered on site.

The annual fees are reduced from 4500 FCFA (environ 7€) to 3500 FCFA (environ 5,50€).

We meet the head of the middle school and some representative of the administration who are aware of the low headcount and assure us that they will make sure it increase again.



One of the first thing we noticed is that the maternity is really well kept. There are more than 800 childbirth a year. Since 2015, on 874 childbirths, there have been no death. In 2013, the maternity gave birth to 1204 babies.

The team asked for an ultrasound scanner, a delivery table, a vacuum cleaner as well as gloves, delivery boxes and compresses.


Meeting with the midwife of PAssy

Meeting with the midwife of Passy

Koumbal – opened in 2015

In the presence of

Miss Diallo, president of the pupils children association

Misses Thiaw and Diouf, regional counsellor

Mister Ibrahima Ndiaye, head of the kindergarten

Fady Diallo and Mahmoud Niang, teachers


The team of Koumbal

The team of Koumbal

Number of pupils: First Section : 50 pupils

Second Section : 36 pupils

Third Section : 35 pupils

Total: 121 pupils


The fees are 500 FCFA per month per child with a subscription fee of 1000 FCFA .

The village gives notebooks and slates

The kindergarten opens between 8 am and 1 pm. The classes start at 9am.

For its first year, Koumbal is welcoming 121 children, among who 50 are in their first year.

It is a great relief for the village to have a place to take care of the children and work in good environment after years in a shelter.


April the 16th

Keur Assan

First stone ceremony

Keur Assan

Meeting with the head of the primary school Mister Youn, primary school teachers Mister Ndione and Mister Diop, city counsellor Miss Baal et country counsellor Miss Sarr.

The papers have been signed, the works can start.

Thomas Grand, our cameraman, is willing to follow the kindergarten works. Wintering will not be a problem for the works and will finish in November.

We are waiting for the formation of the future managing comity by the end of June.



We are keeping the pace of one school a year. But this year, we had some additional expenses due to Saal and Koar renovation. So we will need to raise more funds to keep up with this pace in 2017.

Working with local companies lead to a good following of the works and raise awareness to new operators.

We are overall really satisfied of our visits. The teachers are there and really motivated, receptive to new proposals and to training programs.

The teachers who take care of the children after our kindergarten are all recognizing that the children are well prepared to start primary school.


Third Section Blackboard

Third Section Blackboard


"Man" Notebook

“Man” Notebook

Third Section Notebook

Third Section Notebook

1st and 2nd year of primary school of Mr Dialo

1st and 2nd year of primary school of Mr Dialo

 1st and 2nd year of primary school of Mr Dialo

1st and 2nd year of primary school of Mr Dialo

Some advices from the architect Boubacar Seck

-Keep the idea of different wall colours as well as colourful mosaic for great atmosphere and educational support.

-Think about contextualizing the ceiling (either it is in Bassari country or elsewhere) according to the budget.

-Add a few centimetres to the space between the walls and the ceiling for more light and better airing.

-Bring extra care to the metal works.

-Bring extra care when laying the base-board and add a few centimetres. To ease the cleaning, maybe fit it into the wall.

-Sous-faces des ouvertures (dépôt de poussière) ??

-Structural cracks (check the mixing and the drying time etc )