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Basic Indicators

Source: UNICEF: The State of the World's Children Report

Population: 12,534,000 (2009)
National language: French, Wolof
Per capita income: US$ 1,040/year (2009)
Life expectancy: 56 (2009)
% of population using
improved drinking water sources:
69% (2008)
% of population using
adequate sanitation facilities:
51% (2008)
Under 5 Mortality Rate: 93/1,000 live births (2009)

Sponsor a child today! Senegal has been one of Africa’s most stable and democratic counties since its independence from France in 1960.

Located in Western Africa on the Atlantic Ocean, Senegal is slightly smaller than the state of South Dakota. It shares borders with Mauritania to the north, Mali to the east, and Guinea and Guinea-Bissau to the south. The burden of international debt has impeded the spread of economic reforms throughout the country.

Most Senegalese work in agriculture, cultivating millet and corn for food and peanuts for cash. Peanuts are the most important national crop, accounting for close to 50 percent of exports. Unemployment in Senegal is high, and many families suffer from economic difficulties.

Plan has worked in Senegal since 1982, and currently works with over 32,000 children and their families in 600 communities. Except in emergency situations, Plan does not provide direct assistance. Instead, we help communities develop, grow and, ultimately, support themselves.

Hear from the children

An essential part of Plan's work is empowering children to discuss the issues that matter to them and to take part in decisions that affect their lives. To help you learn about these issues, the children in Plan communities have put together a series of publications called "See Our World": Read what the children have to say about their lives.