21/11/2017 - 17:18


Led by Taekwondo Olympic Champion and Champion for Peace, Marlene Harnois, the Caravan for Peace traveled across Senegal to meet children, families and associations to promote the values ​​of solidarity through sport, to inspire youth and provide support to areas affected by precariousness.

Organized in a spirit of friendship and sharing, in partnership with Peace and Sport, the organization placed under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Caravan for Peace brought together the greatest Champions such as:

LADJI DOUCOURE: Double World Athletics Champion – France

DABA MODIBO KEITA: Champion for Peace, Taekwondo World Champion – Mali

BALLA DIEYE: Double World Taekwondo Medalist – Senegal

SALIF DIAO and KHALILOU FADIGA: Senegalese Football International

AMADOU DIA BA: Unique Olympic Medalist in the history of Senegal

The representatives of the Senegalese Government, the Senegalese National Olympic Committee, the national sports federations, and the partners were gathered around an Opening Conference in Dakar on the theme “Sport, education and culture for development and peace”, the first day of the Caravan ended with a meeting with the Director of the National Council of Fight against AIDS and the visit to orphans in the nursery of M’Bour.


The second day was an immersion in the heart of the village of Keur Massamba. All the village of Keur Massamba and the neighboring villages gathered to participate in the Caravan for Peace.


The program included sport activities such as:

– An introduction to Taekwondo by the Champions for Peace

– A demonstration of Taekwondo by the Senegalese national team

– Athletics competition led by Ladji Doucouré and his Golden Blocks team

– Football, wrestling and other traditional sports competitions

– A collective photo gathering the hundreds of villagers’ present showing a #Whitecard, symbol of peace through sport

But also social actions that will have a long-term impact on the village:


– Installation of a drinking water fountain, filtering up to 24,000 liters of water per day

– More than 250 free medical consultations

– More than 200 HIV / AIDS screenings


The third and final day of the Caravan began with a visit to the island of Goree, symbol of the memory of slavery and one of the first places to be added on the list of world heritage managed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The #WhiteCard, a symbol of Peace through Sport, was made on the island.


To close its journey, the Caravan went to the Léopold Sédar Senghor National Stadium in order to hand over to the President of the Senegalese Taekwondo Federation sports equipment endowments offered by the Canadian Taekwondo Federation.

For Marlène Harnois: “During these 3 days of emotions, the Caravan for Peace conveyed a spirit of friendship and sharing and I hope it brought joy to the people we met. I would like to thank all the athletes, partners and donors who supported us for this first edition in Senegal and I look forward to seeing you next year for a new edition of the Caravan for Peace.”


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