Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Foundation
Inspiring Hope and Supporting Empowerment to Transform Lives
When Sisters from the US and Italy arrived in Senegal in 1978, they encountered extreme poverty, infant and maternal mortality, and little access to healthcare and education. They established missions to minister to the forgotten poor in the impoverished village of Koungheul in the interior of the country and in Parcelles, a suburb of the capital city of Dakar. Today 16 Sisters operate programs across the country in Dakar, Koumbidia, Koungheuyl, Missira, Samine and Rufisque-Keur Mbaye.
Maternity centers at two health clinics have helped decrease the mortality rate for mothers and children through pre and postnatal care; immunizations against the scourge of parasitic infections; and educational outreach on disease prevention and nutrition. Four vocational centers provide skill training for women to enhance their economic opportunities. Daycare centers and two well-equipped elementary schools extend educational opportunity to children who would not have had a chance to learn.