Far from the beautiful villas, all-terrain vehicles and cobblestone streets, is dust, promiscuity and poverty characterizing the Baraka district, which is located in the elegant neighborhoods of Sicap Liberty VI.
In this neighborhood the YOU Foundation of the UNESCO Special Ambassador Dr Ute Henriette Ohoven helps since 1996, with the aim of improving the living conditions of the population of Baraka and restoring their human dignity. This dream of Ute Ohoven was transformed into reality by the visit of the President of the Republic of Senegal His Excellency Macky Sall on Thursday 27th April 2017 in the morning in Baraka. This visit never imagined by the populations was a very pleasant surprise and full of emotion for them.
In the focus of this ceremony to launch the work of the « Baraka City », initiated by the YOU Foundation and its partners, among others CASA ORASCOM of Mr. Samih Sawiris, the President of the Republic of Senegal Macky Sall said in his speech « It is an immense pleasure that I am here to launch the project of rehabilitation and restructuring of this neighborhood, made up of Baraques that earned it its name: » cité baraques « .
Located in the heart of the liberty 6 district, an emblematic city in the history of urbanization of our capital, this suburb, with the expanse of approximately 2 hectares, will be modernized by the construction work. Indeed, according to the President, « with this project consisting of three complexes (14 buildings) structured around common areas, the about 2000 inhabitants of Baraka will ultimately benefit from 210 apartments in a completely renovated area in compliance with modern hygiene standards. In addition to road infrastructure and modern housing, Baraka will be equipped with community facilities (vocational training center facilities, several shops, a market, a medical center, a school and a Mosque) Flourishing of its valiant populations « .
This important investment is aimed for getting the poor families of Baraka out of precariousness and insalubrity by offering them a more attractive and coherent living environment. With our new urban planning policy. « I would like to take this opportunity to recall the essential role of Honorary Consul Ute-Henriette Ohoven, President of the YOU Foundation, in the progressive structuring of this locality. She has been interested in this atypical neighborhood as UNESCO Special Ambassador since 1996 ».
« It is appropriate to pay a heartfelt tribute to Mrs. OHOVEN for her decisive engagement with the people of Baraka. It is because of her determination that the YOU Foundation has obtained the support of a great benefactor Mr Samih Sawiris of CASA ORASCOM who decided to finance this project through SOREBA (Society for the Reconstruction of Baraka).
In other words, the building of this new district, made of stones and cement, is the result of admirable human solidarity.
Here are some photos….