The Forgotten Children of Senegal hosts “Afri-Can” event this Friday night!

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The Forgotten Children of Senegal

AFRI-CAN

Friday, April 13th 6-9pm at Armory Park Ballroom

Tucson, Ariz. —

The Forgotten Children of Senegal will be hosting the event, Afri-Can, Friday April 13th from 6-9pm.  Come out to the Armory Park Ballroom to celebrate the culture of West Africa while raising money to provide a better life for the street children of Senegal.  Bring the entire family to a fun night of music, dance, and food while also “giving a safe life to children on their own.”

Music performances include “Sticks and Fingers”, the dynamic steel drum percussion group led by Richard Noel producing energetic Afro-Caribbean sound featuring Uzo and Maxame dancers which will keep you moving and grooving to the African drums all night.

There will also be a silent auction with items such as a 5-day Bahamas Cruise, a weekend trip to El Conquistador Resort, and much much more.

Funds and donations raised during the night will go to provide shelter, clothing and safety for the Forgotten Children of Senegal.

All tickets can be purchased at the door.  $10 admission and free for children 12 and under.

The Forgotten Children is a non-profit 501(C) (3) organization working to provide the basic necessities and protection for the orphaned children primarily in region of Mbour, Senegal West Africa.  The organization was created by Elhadj Ndoye, in Tucson, Arizona.  Ndoye grew up in Mbour, Senegal where he witnessed children begging daily on the streets and their poverty and impeding health problems.

According to UNICEF, there are upwards of 100,000 child beggars in Senegal.  Many of these children come from rural settings and villages, sent by their families to be raised and receive an education.  However, what they find in the cities is much harsher than they realize.  Contracted teachers, called Marabouts, receive compensation and gifts from families however, nowadays, more Marabouts are taking advantage of this for their own quality of life and sparing from the children. Daaras, or orphanages where children live are often ramshackle buildings with dirt floors, no running water or electricity where children sleep on the ground without blankets, huddling together to keep warm at times.  These appalling conditions lead to rampant diseases among them.

During the day, the children are sent out to beg for their food or money and if they do not make a certain quota set by the Marabout, they are beaten when they return to the Daara. After this education, these children often cannot find employment and continue to beg on the streets or even turn to stealing.

It’s the goal of The Forgotten Children Organization to provide some level of care and assistance.  This includes constructing a daytime shelter to provide them with services such as showers, basic health care, vaccination, recreational activities and simple skills training.

This last summer, Elhadj Ndoye, president of The Forgotten Children of Senegal was able to personally handout clothing to over 300 homeless children when he returned to the country for a month long trip.

The Forgotten Children is now aiming higher with goals to build a home and school for the children beggars and get them off the streets.

“Our mission is to help those who need it. Helping other is like helping yourself. We believe no child should be left alone, hungry, and helpless.  Together we can conquer hunger.”

With your donations, we can make a lasting change by delivering clothing, household items, non-perishable food, and other necessities to these children.

“If you’ve got a heart, you’ve got to consider each child you see as your own child.  Let’s not fail these kids. Join The Forgotten Children in any way you can show support.”

For More Information:

Elhadj Ndoye, President: 520-208-5395

Friday, April 13th

6-9pm

Armory Park Ballroom

220 South 5th Ave.-Downtown Tucson

Ticket sales at the door:

13 and up- $10, free for children 12 and under

Monetary donations can be made to:

The Forgotten Children

2175 W. Silver River Way,

Tucson, AZ 85745

Or donate online:

http://www.theforgottenchildren.org

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