The people in Baraka will not forget this day fort he rest of their lifes: The president of Senegal, Machy Sall, visited them in their slum in Dakar and expressed his joy about the improvements about to begin. 2000 inhabitants enthusiastically celebrated the president addressing them in their mother tongue Wolof. They know that substantial changes are on the way, and that he officially supports the project “Baraka – From slum to autonomous quarter”. UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Dr. h.c. Ute-Henriette Ohoven initiated this project to make sure that the people in Baraka enjoy basic human rights and financial freedom.
APPLICATION FOR PILOT PROJECT BARAKA IN SENEGAL SUBMITTED
The final phase in Dakar has begun: Soon, excavators and construction materials will occupy the dusty clearing that until now has been used as a soccer field by children. “Since more than 20 years, I know this slum and its refugees. It was high time to put an end to their poverty and to provide an alternative to perilous attempts to reach European shores by boat. perilous boats,” says Ute-Henriette Ohoven, founder of the “YOU Foundation – Education for Children in Need” and driving force of the project “Baraka – from Slum to Self Sufficient Neighborhood”.
BARAKA PLANNING MOVES AHEAD
Students at the PBSA Düsseldorf majoring in architecture have supported the development of a district for refugees. In cooperation with the „Bund Deutscher Architekten (BDA)“, they undertook a complete urban planning and design in and for the Senegalese Baraka (a refugee slum in the middle of Dakar) on behalf of the YOU Stiftung. In addition, they created blueprints for the construction of fit-for-purpose residential buildings. Construction is expected to commence at the beginning of 2016.