BARAKA – the first roads are being paved!

Progress continues, and we are happy for the inhabitants of Baraka that work has started on paving the first real streets in the area that used to be a slum. This development is being done by the public works authorities and Promoville-Dakar together with the construction ministry of Senegal. They have committed to execute this part of the project. This participatory approach, coupled with the community’s self-responsibility, is especially important to ensure all project partners’ commitment. Also, this approach highlights that only when we work together, with everyone also taking responsibility for their individual contribution, can we ensure the well-being of everyone.

The new district is growing, and after already 60% of the slum dwellers have now moved into the clean new apartments, all other works are continuing in parallel.


The people in Baraka will remember this day for the rest of their lives: The President of Senegal, Mr. 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 Modern Neighborhood.” 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.

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Übersichtsplan Baraka

Layout Plan: This is what Baraka will look like soon. Apartments for the residents, business premises and public institutions.

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 Modern Neighborhood.”

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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.

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Red Dot Award für Baraka

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The internet site won accolades from the jury of the Red Dot Awards in three categories: Online, E-Commerce and Social Responsibility.

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