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We would like to tell you a story – the story of Baraka.

When you hear "slum" you immediately have
a picture in mind.

We decided to change our situation using a very powerful force:
a dream.

Sometimes
you have to break down a dream
to bring it to life.

So we broke our dream into tiny little pieces...

And we will put the little pieces
back together.

Brick by brick.

Volt by volt.

Drop by drop.

This adds up to something
so much greater than the sum of its parts.
A new future. Our future.

€5

SEEDS

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€5

SEEDS

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Life begins with a seed. Nutritional food is the basis for healthy families and part of a fit lifestyle. With your donation, inhabitants will no longer have to worry about empty plates and where their next meal comes from.

You will be helping to cultivate the emerging gardens of Baraka.

With a bit of tender loving care from the inhabitants, water-based vegetables like cabbage, carrots and potatoes will easily grow in this climate. This gives them a chance to improve their agricultural skills and more people are able to live self-sufficiently. In addition, any harvest items not needed for their own consumption can be sold at the market for additional income.

€10

SCHOOL MATERIAL

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€10

SCHOOL MATERIAL

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Education is the most powerful weapon for change. It breeds confidence and hope.

Your contribution will help the children of Baraka improve their educational opportunities, e.g. with new schoolbooks, desks, chairs, pencils and the like. It’s easier to learn subjects such as reading, writing and math with the proper equipment.

A teacher can better help students learn with books or the support of a chalkboard. Visual aids make lessons more vivid and learning more fun for the children. Most of these children only know the slums; help them learn that there is a whole world outside. Children are the best hope for the future, let’s prepare them for it.

€10

TOYS

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€10

TOYS

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The harsh slum life has forced the children of Baraka to grow up too soon, but kids should be allowed to be kids. They are already happy, but they will be happier playing with dolls, plush toys, jump ropes and a lot of other things that will make them smile brighter. More importantly, playing has an immense impact on infant development and learning – especially on their motor skills and intellect.

The newly established kindergarten will also be equipped with balls, puzzles etc. to encourage the kids to play together teaching them valuable social skills for their adult lives. Educational toys would also be helpful in preparing them for their future lessons at school.

€20

PLAYGROUNDS

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€20

PLAYGROUNDS

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This donation will help Baraka’s residents to construct a playground and sports complex that can be used by the people of Baraka and its surrounding neighborhoods.

Children can romp around, play football or just have fun.

But that’s not all! The play- & sports ground will serve as meeting place for all people.

Family and friends can spend quality time together, current news will be exchanged and it’s possible that new friendships will result. Baraka and its inhabitants can enjoy their new positive reputation and acknowledgement from outside of the community. People in other districts can also benefit from this new meeting point resulting in a feeling of unity between districts.

€20

WOOD

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€20

WOOD

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Wood is the central building material for inhabitants, but is quite scarce. Due to the continual urbanization in Senegal, forests have greatly decreased in the last decades.

The Senegalese must import teak and acacia from well-wooded areas in Central Africa at very expensive prices.

With your donation, residents can buy wood and build household and garden items themselves, e.g. beds, baby cribs, fences for their gardens and much more. This material will help them equip and decorate their newly built houses and make them much more comfortable. They can also sell hand-made products to earn a living.

€20

TOOLS

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€20

TOOLS

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By donating tools such as saws and hammers, you are helping the people of Baraka help themselves. They will become more self-sufficient in that they can help build their own homes or make furniture and decorative items. They will learn valuable skills in carpentry, which will not only create jobs in the district, but will help them find work elsewhere.

Their new confidence and abilities will ensure their own livelihood. Furthermore, having proper tools can lead to more creative endeavors, e.g. making their own art or artisan items. This can be a fun leisure activity or another source of income. For the inhabitants of Baraka, tools are small items that make a big difference.

€25

HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES

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€25

HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES

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Most inhabitants of Baraka currently live without the convenience or comfort that modern appliances provide. Your donation could save these people valuable time and money while making their homes more livable. Most families have very little and cannot afford to waste. Refrigerators could help keep food fresh longer.

Ovens, stoves and washing machines can make managing a household easier. Air conditioning units could make the hot climate more tolerable.

The people of Baraka work very hard and by donating household appliances, you can make daily life easier for them.

€30

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES

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€30

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES

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Life in the slums is difficult enough already, you can make daily chores and jobs easier with electrical appliances.

With your aid, the inhabitants will obtain electrically powered appliances, e.g. vacuum cleaners or sewing machines. Not only are these devices convenient, but help people in their profession.

For example, sewing courses are offered at the educational center and sewing machines give them the chance to make clothes for themselves or to sell at the market. With the new power supply and basic equipment, they could establish a small business. This will allow them to earn money for their family and respect within the city.

VEGETABLE GARDEN

€50

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VEGETABLE GARDEN

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With your aid, residents can plant gardens and grow their own vegetables. This is the first step in creating a productive agricultural system. Under professional supervision, they will learn the basics of garden care, e.g. how to plant, best sowing periods, tending the garden and when to harvest. In this way, they learn agricultural skills which make them more self-sufficient.

If they have a successful harvest, they can sell or trade the surplus at the local market, ensuring their own livelihood and that of the community. The lively hustle at the market and the variety of products sold will attract people from neighboring districts.

€80

PCs

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€80

PCs

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Help the people of Baraka get computers and IT training so they can connect with the whole world. Technology can be a valuable teaching tool, which is why it is also planned to equip both the education center and school with computers. As a first step, a professional blogger is currently teaching 3 youths of Baraka about blogging and journalistic work.

These people will be the first to report on daily life and progress in Baraka. It is something they can be proud of because they will have learned a profession and they will become role models for others learning modern communication skills in Baraka.

€100

SCHOOL ENLARGEMENT

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€100

SCHOOL ENLARGEMENT

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School materials are not the only thing important for education. The existing school in Baraka is too small to accommodate all students. This is because the number of children and youths makes up nearly 50% of all inhabitants. By contributing to school enlargement, you help guarantee a basic school education for every child. Both traditional subjects and life skills are taught.

Learning will never stop with the four new classrooms and library. In addition, a computer lab with internet is planned so that they can learn how to sensibly use these tools for education and communication. Further education for teachers will lead to a more substantiated education for the children.

€100

KINDERGARTEN

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€100

KINDERGARTEN

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With the new developments such as better healthcare and more jobs, more residents will enter the workforce or bring children into the world.

Help provide the people of Baraka with child care and a safe place for their small children. Your contribution will help children have a safe and relatively carefree childhood.

The kids will be supervised by a staff made up of inhabitants educated at the newly established vocational training center in Baraka. Children will have the opportunity to meet other children their own age and gain social skills. Proper child care and early childhood education are vital in shaping the minds of the future.

€100

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

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€100

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

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Good health is our most precious asset. With your support, we can supply the hospital wards with medical equipment like hospital beds and bed stands.

Aid us in providing the required supplies and medication for basic treatment, e.g. medicine, sterile single-use syringes, gauze bandages, mosquito nets etc.

These medical supplies will help in performing the necessary vaccinations to protect kids against serious illnesses or heal those already sick. Inhabitants will have quick and direct access to medical treatment and won’t need to go to pharmacies or doctors far away.

€125

EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

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€125

EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

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Equally important to general school education is vocational education. Your donation will flow into an educational centre where people are trained for different jobs such as bricklayers, carpenters, electricians, painters etc.

Their strengths and interests will be taken into account when helping them choose the best profession and training.

These people will have better prospects for their future long term and will help in building a new Baraka with their acquired skills. The best thing is that we are promoting regional development at the same time. The people of Baraka have a lot of potential and desire for personal growth: they just need a chance to show it.

€200

SHARED BATHROOMS

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€200

SHARED BATHROOMS

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Poor hygiene is a critical issue in Baraka resulting in unsanitary conditions and widespread illness, all of which affect the life expectancy of residents.

With your support, the inhabitants of Baraka can construct proper community shower facilities for up to three households at a time.

These bathrooms will be connected to the new water and plumbing systems, which will have already been established as one of the first parts of the project. The construction of these facilities will promote both the awareness and practice of hygienic behaviors. This is a major step forward to improve the standard of living in New Baraka.

€250

MEDICAL STATION

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€250

MEDICAL STATION

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Residents of the Baraka slum must currently travel a long way to the next pharmacy or doctor. Join us in providing basic medical treatment for New Baraka by enlarging the tiny hospital ward with the help of the residents themselves. The medical station will be expanded to include new rooms for treatment and stationary residence.

Naturally, a bigger medical station calls for more staff, which is why on-site medical training for new staff members is planned. Help us build, equip and staff these medical facilities to provide new Baraka with general medical care and a station for medical emergencies or acute illnesses.

€250

COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISES

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€250

COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISES

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A further step to transforming Baraka into a flourishing district is establishing commercial enterprises. Buildings such as shops, offices, a translation bureau, an internet café and a printing facility are planned.

With your donation, the inhabitants can practice and further develop their newly acquired business skills to earn money.

Baraka will become a commercial center and then be acknowledged as an established district. Inhabitants of the surrounding areas will develop a positive image of Baraka, which leads to them being drawn to the new possibilities. This will boost economic and social development within the district and in the surrounding areas.

€500

MODULAR HOMES

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€500

MODULAR HOMES

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Your contributions will support residents in the step by step assembly of the pre-fabricated components of their future homes.

The shanties will be gradually replaced until everyone has a solid home able to withstand the extreme weather conditions, e.g. dust during droughts and heavy rain in the rainy season.

Your contributions will aid the people of Baraka in erecting new modular homes with modern commodities, e.g. electricity, running water, plumbing and a waste water system. By paying micro rent payments, the houses will eventually become property of the citizens. This means a major step towards independence and privacy.

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Sunday, 11 December 2016

THANKS FOR CARING!

FUNDS RAISED SO FAR

€1,732,435