The rehousing of the 26 families impacted by the project « Cité Baraka » started since June 28, 2018.
These families joined the barracks built by Baraka craftsmen allowing these families to stay in Baraka according to the wishes of Madame Ambassador Ohoven, their « Blonde Mom ».
The Baraka craftsmen, especially the carpenters and masons, gave their all for the rapid realization of these barracks.lounge

This project « Cité Baraka » which is strongly supported by the State of Senegal through the Ministry of Urban Renewal of Habitat and Living Environment receives the weekly visit of Mrs. Soumaré, President of the Steering Committee.
Indeed, after relocation of the families impacted by the construction of the buildings, Ms. Soumaré visited the site to check their living conditions in these new barracks which are only temporary.rps20180718_204628

The displacement of the populations will enable the company IC SUARL to be able to pursue properly its construction work and to widen their perimeter of safety. Now the area of ​​the North and South zone of the site is completely freed to facilitate the construction of the first six buildings.rps20180718_204824

Outside the State of Senegal, the « Cité Baraka » project is also monitored by partner Casa Orascom. On June 24, 2018, Mr. Stefan Zingerle and Alex Calderoni visited the site and the  rehousing site of the affected families.rps20180718_204508

After a visit to the relocation site, the partners decided to expand the site by moving households from the East and West zone of the site.rps20180718_204535

Craftsmen especially carpenters and masons are hard at work for phase II of the construction of barracks …
Some photos of the visit to Baraka of the partner Casa Orascom with Mr. Zingerle and Mr. Calderoni accompanied by Mr. Boubacar Mané, representative of HOPE’87-Senegal, local partner of YOU Foundation- Education for Children in Need (Germany)



artisans of Baraka prepare the relocation 26 families impacted by the constrction buildings

The relocation of the 26 families impacted by the project « Cité Baraka » had a huge delay and that is why the Baraka development committee in relation with the artisans of Baraka decided to get their hands dirty by proposing to build much cheaper Baraques.
Baraka craftsmen, especially carpenters, masons and electricians are hard at work for the realization of 78 Baraques.rps20180619_212804

This work is also facilitated by the Municipality of Sicap Liberty with the unfailing support of the Mayor Sir Sathie Agne who has the means to clear the occupants of the road and to clear the site which was made of large stones.
As a reminder, the space located on the main road at the entrance to Baraka was chosen to build the first 20 barracks and relocate families located southeast of the site. This will allow the contractor to properly continue building construction.rps20180619_212550

This « Cité Baraka » project is strongly supported by the State of Senegal through the Ministry of Urban Renewal of Housing and Living Environment which has set up a steering committee to facilitate the implementation of the project.rps20180619_212506

It is in this context that the chairman of the said committee, Mrs Soumaré, makes a weekly visit to the site to see the progress of the work.
Baraka artisans will never stop thanking the YOU Foundation for building capacity by empowering them in their fields.
According to them it is this training which motivated their implication in the proposal of the construction of barracks to relocate the 26 affected families.
Below are some photos of the project for the relocation of families impacted by the project:


The President of the Steering Committee of the « Cité Baraka » Project is monitoring the construction site

The president of the steering committee of the « Cité Baraka » project Ms. Soumaré paid a visit to the construction site in Baraka on Thursday, May 24, 2018. This visit was facilitated by the team of HOPE’87 Senegal, a local partner of the YOU Foundation in Germany and the Baraka Development Committee.
As a reminder, this steering committee was set up by the Ministry of Urban Renewal of Housing and Living Environment to facilitate the implementation of this project which is very dear to Mrs Ohoven.
Ms. Soumaré discussed with the site manager Talla Diop and the director of operations Mr Kane of the company IC Suarl who specified that the site is in phase of installation with the preliminary orders.rps20180530_101439

This is the sand dune site supply for 20 m3, 3/8 basalt concrete for 20m3, 8/16 basalt concrete for 8m3, cement for 4 tonnes, 8 for 3 iron, 5 tons, iron of 10 for 1.5 tons, iron of 12 for 2 tons and iron of 14 for 0.3 tons.rps20180530_101523

According to Talla Diop site manager, the current job is to dig holes called building footings for a depth of 2m and a width of 1.5m to 2.20m.rps20180530_101510

For each building, only half of the footings were dug.
Workers who are on average 20 people a day are confronted at the moment of the work with the presence of the connecting pipes of the ONAS (National Office of the Sanitation of Senegal). The chair of the steering committee suggested that IC SUARL approach the ONAS to transfer the connecting pipes.rps20180530_101409

After the site visit, the chair of the steering committee held a working session with the team of IC SUARL, the members of the Baraka Development Committee and the HOPE’87 team in Senegal. During this meeting, Mrs. Soumaré informed the company IC SUARL that the work is late and will be late compared to the delivery time if no solution is found.
Site manager Mr. Diop responded by noting that the relocation of affected families had slowed down the work considerably.
This is how the Baraka Development Committee, in connection with the craftsmen of Baraka, decided to get their hands dirty by proposing to build much cheaper Baraques.rps20180530_101425

This initiative is taken on a consensual basis with the 26 affected families so that the work can be done in good conditions.


After the ceremony of launch of the works by the Minister of Urban Renewal, Habitat and Living Environment on March 15, 2018 in Baraka, the final adjustments are being made to start the actual construction.
In order to facilitate the movement and supply of the site with sand, cement, iron and other inputs, it is planned to move 26 households to the east and west of the construction site. SOREBA, a construction company is currently studying the case to see how to relocate these displaced populations in relation to the steering committee of the project « Cité Baraka ».

People are in a hurry to see their dreams become a reality.
This is motivated by a fire that ravaged the house of 2 households located in front of the primary school which part of the houses were bamboo.


These were the houses of Madame Fatou Sy and Fatoumata Sangaré. These two ladies are neighbors and the origin of the fire is unknown because no investigation was conducted.

The fire took place the night of 9 to 10 April 2018 and fortunately no loss in human life but the material damage is enormous.


All the small household appliances, furniture, beds, kitchen equipment and gas bottles were washed away.
The solidarity of the inhabitants of the neighborhood allowed the two ladies and their children to have clothes to wear as was the case for this lady above.



Construction work has finally started in Baraka with the ceremony of launching the works by the Minister of Urban Renewal, Habitat and Living Environment this Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Baraka.
This ceremony was attended by all the members of the « Baraka Steering Committee », the YOU Foundation with Blonde Mom and Mrs. Claudia Jerger, Casa Orascom with Mr. Stefan Zingerle and Mr. Alex Calderoni, Ambassadors of Italy and Italy. Germany in Senegal, the Director of UNESCO in Dakar, the Mayor of Sicap Liberté, the team of HOPE’87 Senegal, a local partner of YOU Foundation and the people of Baraka.

The ceremony was marked by speeches of gratitude, prayer and thanks.


Minister Diène Farba Sarr said in his speech; « … as part of the implementation of this path that is part of the urban renewal program, the Head of State of Senegal has taken all necessary measures for the effective conduct of this project … ».


The YOU Foundation by the voice of Mrs. Ohoven thanked Mr. Samih Sawiris his partner in this project, the Head of State of Senegal Mr. Macky Sall who believed in his project and supported it, the Steering Committee of the project « City Baraka » and the Minister of Urban Renewal and Living Environment Mr. Diene Farba Sarr.


The district chief and the Mayor of Sicap Liberté thanked the YOU Foundation partner but also the state of Senegal for the implementation of this « New Baraka » project.

The objective of this project is to restore the human dignity of the people of Baraka who lived for a long time in this precarious neighborhood.


The dream of « Blonde Mom » ​​for these populations finally becomes a reality for her but also for the people of Baraka.



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 »