“What does Diouma mean? ”, people often ask me. In the logo, you see a women, Diouma, with her grandchild on her back. Diouma is a 50 year old women from a village in the countryside of Senegal.
The village is one like many others in Senegal, very peaceful, a few huts here and there fenced of with some branches. Children playing with each others, chickens walk around and goats graze. In the middle of the village a big baobab tree. Under this
tree you always find villagers sitting and talking about politics, religion, family matters etc. It is their meeting place. A few hundred meters behind the fence there is a water well with fresh water, where the women and girls every morning go and get their
daily water supplies.
Diouma stands for many mothers and grand mothers, who are cheerful women, but who are also worrisome, especially when they look at her children and grandchildren.
Two years ago Diouma’s oldest daughter moved to the big city of Dakar to earn some money. She has found a job as a housekeeper, just like many girls from her village. This is not an ideal situation for such
a young girl. They should not wander in the crowded, hot and dusty streets of Dakar looking for a job. Many young girls end up in awkward situations, such as living with many girls in small rooms without decent facilities, they often get underpaid or not paid
at all. It might get even worse, when they become victims of physical and psychological violence.
So, a 15 year old girl should be at school, but many parents do not have enough means for that.
Therefore many parents send their their oldest daughters to the city to earn some money for their family. Even if they would have had the means, there is no education centre or professional school in the rural areas.
In case of Diouma, her daughter, came back to the village, after a year in Dakar, without a job, without money and pregnant. This sad story I hear many times when I speak to women in Senegal. Some of them said “our dream would
be an education centre for the village, so that our daughters can stay here to learn a profession and find a job in the surroundings. Their lifes would become much better”.
Such a beautiful dream
needs to come true! With my experience, network and passion , I want to help women like Diouma with their dream. We now share the same dream….