Maison du Rugby, Senegal

The world of sport is a valuable terrain in which to learn the values of discipline, teamwork, respect and ambition. In Yoff, a district in the city of Dakar, many families are struggling or jobless, while children fall out of school and have no one to take care of them.

Rather like a second home, Maison du Rugby welcomes around 200 children aged 7 to 17 and offers a variety of free educational and sports activities.

Here, the warm environment goes a long was to preventing young kids from becoming victims or perpetrators of violence and street crime, which they may otherwise be tempted into.

Educators coordinate with parents and schools to help re-enrol the children. 

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Activities include help with homework, computer science, theatre, pottery, and civics and hygiene awareness.

The primary focus however is rugby, which takes up 4.5 hours a week and is taught to girls and boys alike.

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