Enhancing educational and healthcare outcomes for children


The Rawda Foundation focuses on educating and uplifting youth around the globe by building and improving existing educational institutions and eradicating hunger and malnutrition. Specifically, we focus its efforts in Senegal and other African countries where the need for such assistance is extremely dire. 

Everyone Has a Right to Food

The right to food is a human right derived from the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The United Nations Special Report in 2002 defined it as follow

“Right to adequate food is a human right, inherent in all people, to have regular, permanent and unrestricted access, either directly or by means of financial purchases, to quantitatively and qualitatively adequate and sufficient food corresponding to the cultural traditions of people to which the consumer belongs, and which ensures a physical and mental, individual and collective fulfilling and dignified life free of fear.”

The Plight of Children

In 2016, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) organization published a report with heartbreaking statistics on the plight of children in religious schools in Senegal.

“A survey from a national anti-trafficking unit counted 54,000 talibés in the Dakar area alone, 30,000 of whom were forced to beg daily. Another 14,000 talibés were counted in the northern Saint Louis region of Senegal. Many of these children come from rural areas or neighbouring countries such as Mali, Gambia and Guinea Bissau. They are aged between 3 and 18, live without their parents and spend most of the day begging in the streets.”

“A 2014 daara mapping by the national anti-trafficking unit found more than 1,000 daaras and 54,000 talibés in the Dakar region alone, of whom more than 30,000 were forced to beg daily.

A mapping of Senegal’s northern Saint-Louis department in 2016 counted more than 200 daaras and 14,000 talibés, with more than 9,000 compelled to beg, a researcher involved in the mapping reported to Human Rights Watch, just before President Sall’s June order to halt forced begging.”

2 Campaigns. 1 Hope.

Education Hope

Focused on improving educational outcomes in underserved and poor communities. The Foundation will assist teachers and students to achieve a high-quality secular and religious education and provide innovative training resources for educators by building schools that are designed as safer and healthier place to learn, pray, and play.

Health Hope

Focused on improving healthcare outcomes by building infrastructure for sustainable wells that will provide clean drinking water, enhanced farming equipment, and healthcare facilities.

The Rawda Foundation shall offer free, innovative and strategic learning and devotion opportunities to kids and adults in areas with scarcity or absence of quality services.

With a goal of remedying and improving these deplorable conditions, The Rawda Foundation aims to provide a quality complementary and/or alternative educational and religious environment that encourages the elimination of the begging practices in traditional Daraas. The goal of the Rawda Foundation will be to provide funding, oversee the construction and operations of the Daraa’s, as well as appropriate coaching and mentoring for the teachers and other leaders. With a free education, begging is eliminated. The students will receive a better education and awareness while growing to become the future leaders if their communities, country, and the global community.

Leveraging the Power of Generosity

The foundation will leverage the power of generosity found within our society to raise funds that will be used to facilitate improved education & health for poorer communities across the globe. 

This will be achieved through personal solicitations, conducting informational presentations, providing written material and uploading online content that will generate voluntary donations to fund initiatives and capital projects to build high-quality educational institutions beginning in Senegal and eventually throughout Africa and across the globe.

“The believer is not one who eats when his neighbor beside him is hungry.”

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

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Please use the form or contact us via email at  Rawdafoundation@gmail.com





    We aim to bring hope to those living in poverty, empower the less fortunate with solutions to allow them to see a better life.