There is a large amount of street children in the city of Dakar, Senegal. However, the Senegal Mission Initiative of the United Methodist Church does not have any programs that cater specifically to children, either inside or outside of the church. This project allows for the children in the church and community to receive the attention they need and so desire. Street children have simple needs, such as food, clothing, and hygiene. These things can be provided through this program, while allowing the community to see the love of Jesus in the face of the Senegal Mission Initiative.
Goals & Objectives
- To hold weekly children's programs at the United Methodist Church in Dakar, beginning in October of 2012.
- To deliver hot meals on the street two to three times each week, beginning in October of 2012.
- To set up makeshift baths for street children approximately three times each week, depending on the need, beginning in October of 2012.
- To visit United Methodist churches and their surrounding communities outside of Dakar at least once each month to hold children's program.
- Organize volunteers and advertise the weekly program in the church community.
- Plan innovative and exciting material for the weekly program.
- Make hot meals, consisting of rice, meat, and bread, and deliver those to the street children in different areas.
- Locate an area where a small bath could be set up, filled with water, and made private with a tarp. In addition, take all of it down at the end of the allotted time.
- Contact UMC pastors outside of Dakar and ask if they are interested in a program for children, and if so, ask for approximate numbers and ages.