Senegal - Zakat Foundation of America | Zakat Calculator | Muslim Charity | Muslim AidSenegal

With an estimated 54% of its population living below the poverty line, high unemployment and high concentrations of rural poverty, Senegal faces severe challenges. The country’s agricultural production only covers around 52 percent of the country’s total food needs and malnutrition is becoming increasingly common.

Senegal’s health system as a whole faces serious limitations and weak social services ensure that many of the population face daily struggles to provide their children adequate food and education.

Further complicating the situation, a prolonged, low-level separatist conflict in the southern Casamance region of Senegal continues to claim lives and displace people trying to escape the violence.

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Masjid an-Noor in Buchekun Village - Senegal

Masjid an-Noor in Buchekun Village - Senegal - Zakat Foundation of America | Zakat Calculator | Muslim Charity | Muslim Aid

The Muslim population of the southern Casamance Region of Senegal appealed for Zakat Foundation to construct a mosque in the Buchekun village. Despite being on the land of a once great Islamic civilization, Buchekun did not have an official mosque to perform congregational prayers and community services for the more than 5,000 Muslims in and around the village. continue reading »

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Vital Stats

Population: 13,700,000
Infant Mortality Rate: 59 deaths / 1000 births
Life Expectancy: 59 years
Major Diseases: High degree of risk; bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, dengue fever, malaria, Rift Valley fever, yellow fever, and rabies
Religions: Muslim - 94%
other - 6%
Literacy Rate: 39 %
Unemployment Rate: 48 %
Poverty Rate: 54 %
Natural Hazards: Lowlands seasonally flooded; periodic drought