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Thank You
Nov 30, 2022

THANK YOU for your generosity yesterday. Your donations exceeded our $10,000 goal!

Because of your support, our agricultural team can begin clearing space at the Foyer des Garçons for an urban garden. It is the first step towards restoring this site that will help more young men go to college, and we’re thrilled to have you alongside us. We will keep you updated as the project unfolds.

Thank you for being part of the Le Korsa family.

Help Us Restore Another Foyer — For Boys
Nov 29, 2022

Each year the Foyer des Jeunes Filles is helping more and more young women from rural Tambacounda transform their lives. With the Foyer giving them a safe, supportive place to live while they complete their high school studies in the city, these girls go to college instead of to early marriage. They become nurses, journalists, accountants, agricultural engineers and pursue careers of their choosing. We want to help young men from rural villages do the same, and we’re asking for your help.

Our goal is to rehabilitate the Foyer des Garçons, a campus of classrooms and dormitories designed for young men, which was built in 2007 by French NGO Le Kinkeliba as the partner site to the Foyer des Jeunes Filles. The boys’ Foyer never became operational because of a lack of funding. Then in 2016, a fire jumped its wall and destroyed the campus.

It’s time to restore it.

On this Giving Tuesday, we’re asking you to join us in taking the first step towards rebuilding the Foyer des Garçons by planting an urban garden on the site. The garden will provide additional food for the Foyer des Jeunes Filles, which is 100 yards down the road, as well as jobs for young men who will oversee the gardening. We are seeking $10,000 dollars to clear the weeds, test the soil, dig a bore well, and begin planting the seeds of a new Foyer des Garçons. 

We hope you will join us in creating two Foyers, just steps apart, working in harmony to send hundreds of young men and women to college. 

It starts with you!

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Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 22, 2022

As many of you gather with family and friends this week, we wanted to say THANK YOU for being part of the Le Korsa family.

Without you, none of our work—from helping more families grow food to sending more young women to college—would be possible.

Thank you!

Save the Date

On Tuesday, November 29, people will join together to promote a more generous world by celebrating Giving Tuesday. We have an exciting new endeavor to tell you about, and we hope you look forward to learning more.

Promoting Street Art in Tambacounda
Nov 15, 2022

Art is an essential part of Le Korsa’s work, from running the artists’ residency at Thread to supporting art classes at Les Foyers des Tambacounda. A new initiative, led by Tambacounda office director Massamba Camara, is to enliven public spaces across Tambacounda by contracting artists to paint murals on the city’s walls, and to do so with input from the population.

As Massamaba writes, “In a city where the formal education rate is low and we have many local languages, promoting visual art can be a means of communicating and also making the city more attractive. The aim of the paintings is to highlight some important challenges that we face.”

Of the painting above, Massamba says, “This first one is about the national park, Niokolo koba. It shows the importance of protecting rare animals. Part of protecting rare animals and wildlife in general is to protect the trees and the flora. That’s what explains the kind of dialogue between this painting and the green space. It’s like the animal is hidden behind the two planted trees.”

We hope to have artists paint two more sites this fall; what follows below is an exhibition, with Massamba’s explanations, of some of the work achieved so far. The paintings were made by Aliou Niang, an English teacher and artist. 

“The three paintings above are in the same site as the Niokolo koba painting in the green space next to the national road. The first is about the Senegambian megaliths, which are an important part of our historical and cultural heritage but are unknown largely; the second celebrates organic bananas, a product that can improve the economy of the region of Tambacounda; and the third painting represents the Senegalese soccer player Sadio Mane and the Africa Cup of Nations, which Senegal won for the first time this year”

“These two paintings are at the school in front of the Foyers de Tambacounda. They are done at the request of the parents’ association. To me, it constitutes a positive feedback from the population. The parents’ association asked for paintings that could sensitize against violence, and promote education and cleanliness in the JEAN XIII primary school. Furthermore, they paid for half of the cost.”

These paintings, combined with the landscaping and tree-planting Le Korsa has undertaken in the city this year, represent significant contributions to Tambacounda’s public spaces. It is just the beginning.  The two sites that Massamaba and his team plan to paint this fall are shown below, and we hope you will consider making a donation to help us purchase paint, primer and brushes.

Thank you for reading, and thank you for looking — we couldn’t do it without you.


Full Court Press
Sep 28, 2022

Three years ago, Le Korsa built a basketball and tennis court next to Thread and the soccer field in Sinthian, so that more people in the village — especially young girls — had access to sports. While soccer has long been popular in the village, and Le Korsa has hosted an annual soccer tournament at Thread since 2015 for regional teams, there were no other sports facilities in the village until we built this court.

To maximize its use, each year since 2019 we have invited coach Maissa Fall from the Tambacounda Basketball Association, and tennis pro Lamine Keita from Dakar, to run a free sports camp for hundreds of boys and girls. We donate the equipment—racquets, balls, shoes—and provide food. The coaches teach the children skills and drills,  then help them compete in scrimmages at the end of each session, which are always full of laughter and teamwork.

Because of the village’s isolation, this camp is one of the few opportunities to formally compete, or to just shoot hoops, without traveling to Tambacounda, 60km away, where there are basketball courts, but no tennis facilities. The camp has been a huge success: hundreds of children have been coming from Sinthian and other local villages to pick up a new sport or refine their already solid groundstrokes and jump-shots, and just have fun in late summer.

Ryan returned this past August to teach lacrosse alongside his son, Daegan, who plays at the college level. The pair raised money to bring a host of equipment to Sinthian, which they then donated, and they are already coming back in November to run another lacrosse camp. Lacrosse is a growing sport in Africa, and we  could have never foreseen that a basketball and tennis court could help it grow in Sinthian, but we’re thrilled it’s happening.

If you would like to help all of these sports programs grow, we hope you will join us by making a donation. Athletic shoes are often the greatest need for children in Sinthian, and even a small donation can help us buy more shoes. Thank you.