The construction works will finally start in Baraka on the basis of the preliminary works of the architecture students of the Düsseldorf School of Art Peter Behrens and the Association of German Architects.

Baraka will completely change its face, the master plan, developed by German architecture students for a new district related to the needs of the population, « Baraka New » will open not only to its neighbors, but also to the outside .

A lottery was organized in September 2017 at the Town Hall of Sicap Liberté to choose the type of apartment and rules to read. And every family or representative with their national identity card was present for the draw. The lottery consisted in making the draw depending on the building and the number of the apartment


A symbolic signing ceremony of the contracts of provision was organized on February 05, 2018 at the Sicap Liberty Town Hall in the presence of the YOU Foundation with Mrs. Ohoven and Claudia Jerger, Casa Orascom with Mr. Stefan Zingerle of the Ministry of Urbanism with Mrs Soumaré Technical Advisor of the Minister and the representatives of the population as well as notables.
This is a « Housing Provision Agreement » signed between the beneficiary and SOREBA (Baraka Reconstruction Society) represented by its Managing Director Mr. Stefan Zingerle.


The duration of the agreement is 15 years for all lessees and the amount of the monthly special compensation to be paid in return for the provision differs according to the type of apartment (F1, F2, F3 and F4).
For the first time in their lives, these populations will have a document certifying that the apartment they occupy will be their property after 15 years of rental.

The architectural plans are in the final phase and the start of the works is officially scheduled for March 15, 2018. The safety standards of the trail by the zinc fence of the construction site began to be installed at the football field in Baraka.

A manual describing the whole process of reconstruction called « Cité Baraka » is being developed to be popularized or duplicated in the future in other horizons of the world for another slum reconstruction project.


Mrs Ohoven and her daughter Claudia have made another 10-day stay in Senegal from 30 to 7 February 2018
As usual « Blonde Mom » ​​is always with his family in Baraka that is close to his heart during his various visits to Dakar to follow his actions in joy.rps20180221_005215

This time again « Blonde Mom » ​​is in Baraka with partners to please the children of the primary school.
As a reminder, this primary school was recognized by the State of Senegal in 2012 thanks to the support of the YOU FOUNDATION in this case « Blonde Mom ».


The YOU FOUNDATION and its partners first practiced a recreational activity by painting with various drawings of the inside wall of the school with the participation of all elementary school students, teachers and committee members piloting of Baraka.


This activity was made in an atmosphere of celebration, joy and joy !!!


Then gifts were given to the 210 primary school students and 90 children in the Baraka neighborhood to the delight of students, teachers and parents.


All thanked warmly « Blonde Mom »



The Foundation wants to ensure the well-being of children in Baraka by building a nursery school.
The Foundation for the OMNITEST project, the German company well known in Germany and the AGFUND (Arab Gulf Program for Development)

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A lottery organized for the 210 families of Baraka.

As a prelude to this lottery, a meeting was held in Baraka on 12 September 2017 between the YOU FONDATION, its partner HOPE’87 in Senegal, the Ministry of Town Planning represented by the President of the Steering Committee of the project « Cité Baraka » , the Town Hall of Sicap and the population of Baraka. This meeting was attended by Ambassador Ohoven, Mrs Claudia Jerger, Mrs Soumaré, and Mr Santhie Sene Agne, Mayor of Sicap Liberté.

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As part of the training of the craftsmen of Baraka supported by the YOU Foundation in Germany and started since July 2017, we continue our series of interviews with the direct beneficiaries that are the artisans themselves. This time we went to meet the trainers to give us their impressions, their views on the behavior of craftsmen to the training.
Here are their reactions:


M.SECK, Professor of Management and Marketing: « I am very pleased to be among the teachers of the artisans of Baraka and it is with great pleasure that I help these craftsmen because they are very motivated and courageous. Most of them are illiterate cause why courses are done in Wolof to enable them to better understand and participate. To evaluate them one does that orally because as you know their levels of education is very low and most do not know how to write so it is a difficulty and a constraint. But it is possible to manage by explaining through case studies, simulations until all participants are at the same level of understanding. The other difficulty is that there are many absences and cases of delay which according to the craftsmen is not easy for them as they combine work and capacity building sessions. But on the whole we can say that it is acceptable because they always manage to get by.  »


M. KANE, Professor of General Informatics: « As my colleague MrSeck has said, it is with pleasure and love that we do our work. In general computing there are two, Mrs Sara DIÈNE and I, we divide the groups according to our timetables. I see that the craftsmen of Baraka are very courageous and I welcome this behavior because that is what will facilitate our work. In computer science, the practice is more important than the theory and this I explained well to the craftsmen. We have a heterogeneous group composed of those who have little notion in computer science and those who do not have it so I am obliged to put them on the same level. We also noticed that it is the young boys who are most involved in computers compared to women. But among women, there are also those who have a capacity for understanding faster than others, so it is for us to assist them more so that they are at a certain level.  Overall, the group follows the courses well and on a regular basis.  »


Mr Diouf, Professor of Management Informatics  » It is with pleasure that I am practicing this trade in Baraka. Craftsmen are courageous and ambitious because it is not easy for them to combine work and these capacity building sessions. Many of them have no concept in management, so we try to separate them into two groups to better work in coherence. All courses are in Wolof to help them better understand and evaluate them orally. The only difficulty we face is delays and absences. Sometimes we are obliged to organize remedial sessions or they disrupt the course by questions that we have already overcome. If not all in all we can say that the sessions are going well and the craftsmen of Baraka are really brave and patient. « 


The training of the craftsmen of Baraka started Monday, July 17 at the primary school of Baraka from 18 hours.
The courses will be held from Monday to Friday from 6 pm to 8 pm GMT on the demand of the artisans and according to their calendar.


Things to do in Baraka

This Thursday, June 15, 2017 the population of Baraka is immense pleasure to receive three architects of the agency architecture local index D which works in collaboration with Casa Orascom at the level of Senegal for the phase of project implementation and supervision of works.

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On the occasion of her visit to Senegal from 22 to 29 April 2017, Ambassador Ohoven and Mrs Claudia Jerger paid a courtesy visit to the European Union delegation in Senegal on 27 April 2017. This visit to the delegation of The European Union enters into the framework of sensitizing potential partners in Senegal to accompany and support the project « Cité Baraka » initiated by the YOU Foundation and its partners as well as beneficiary populations.

At the end of this visit, and on the suggestion of Mrs Jerger of the YOU Foundation, Mr Clemens SCHROETER, Team Leader, ECONOMY AND SOCIAL SECTIONS, Hugo VAN TILBORG, Team Leader, SECTION INFRASTRUCTURES, Delegation of The European Union in Senegal visited Baraka.

The visit finally took place on 3rd May 2017 and the delegation was welcomed to Baraka by the team of HOPE’87 in Senegal and the members of the steering committee of the Baraka district.

A courtesy visit was made to the neighborhood head and the imam before touring the neighborhood.

A brief presentation of the neighborhood was made (how the people live) and what will the neighborhood be in the future with the project « Cité Baraka » by the HOPE’87 team.

The visit was guided by members of the steering committee in connection with the HOPE’87 team and all the infrastructures were visited. These include the primary school which has been completely renovated and formalized thanks to the YOU-Fondation, the hairdressing salon for the accompaniment of young girls, the IT center to facilitate young people’s access to New Technologies Information and Communication.

Questions were asked by the visitors on the way of life of the populations of Baraka and what they expect from the new city Baraka as summed up on the board.

In the reply, the neighborhood chief and chairman of the Baraka district steering committee said: « Since the beginning of his intervention in 2005, we have asked the YOU-Foundation to get us out of the precarious situation in which we live. It was after 12 years of fighting that our blond mum was able to find a partner and that is why we arrived at this result. We also attended all the stages of the project until the ceremony to launch the work by the President of the Republic of Senegal who supports this project.

According to Clemens SCHROETER, Mrs Jerger gave them a presentation of the project and they came to visit the site in Baraka as promised to Mrs. Jerger. Their structure can do nothing for the moment in Baraka because all their projects are running but that in the future it could be that it does something.

The head of district and all the members present at the visit welcomed this initiative of the YOU-Foundation, which consists in inviting all the development partners intervening in Senegal to get involved in the « Cité Baraka » project.

As well as thanking the guests for their visit to Baraka, the neighborhood chief and the notables present also prayed for the YOU-Foundation and its partners to make this project possible for the benefit and happiness of the people of Baraka.