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Spring semester 2017
Republic of Senegal is located in West Africa with an estimated population of 13 million. Its capital city is Dakar with a population of around 2.5 million. Currently, Senegal has a quasi-democratic political culture, and has achieved one of the more successful post-colonial democratic transitions in Africa. Local administrators are appointed by, and responsible to, the president. The marabouts, religious leaders of the various Senegalese Muslim brotherhoods, also exercise a strong political influence in the country. Senegal’s economy is driven by mining, construction, tourism, fisheries and agriculture that is the primary source of employment in rural areas. The country's key export industries include phosphate, fertilizers, agricultural products and commercial fishing. It is also working on oil exploration projects. Senegal relies heavily on donor assistance, remittances, and foreign direct investment. The population below the poverty line is estimated at 47%. Senegal has a wide variety of ethnic groups and, as in most West African countries, several languages are widely spoken. The Wolof are the largest single ethnic group in Senegal at 43 percent; the Fula and Toucouleur (24%) are the second biggest group, followed by the Serer (14.7%). Senegal is a secular state. Islam is the predominant religion in the country and is practiced by approximately 94% of the country's population.
The Project: A home for 40 orphan children and a health centre in Sindia, Senegal. The Children’s home will accommodate the 40 children in common rooms according to their ages. A quarter of the children are expected to be handicapped. The functions which the children’s home will contain include a visiting room for relatives who come to visit the children, common bedrooms for several age groups, administration offices, kitchen, dining, laundry, storage, etc. The buildings containing these functions will have an area of around 600 m2. In addition, there will be a small walk-in Heath Centre catering both for the neighbourhood and the children. The Health Centre will provide basic nursing facilities. When medical care is required patients will have to go to the nearest hospital which is in Dakar, 1.5 hours away by car. The Health Centre will function as an independent facility, it will have its own entrance from the street, and visitors will not be engaged with the activities of the Children’s Home. However, when children require nursing care there will be a direct connection between the Children’s Home and the Health Centre. The health centre will consist of a waiting room, consulting room, toilet, and storage and is expected to have around 30 m2. The site as a whole will be surrounded by a wall/fence which will provide security for all activities within the compound. The outdoor facilities will consist of three areas: 1. A courtyard for the children that will have gardens, shaded areas, and covered areas. This is a place where children can carry out a multitude of activities, play, learn, rest, etc. It should be possible to roll out beds with children that are ill or handicapped from the bedrooms to the outdoor spaces. 2. The Health Centre will have an outdoor space of its own, which will act as an entrance space where patients can wait for their turn to see a nurse in pleasant outdoor spaces that will be shaded and/or covered. 3. A service courtyard in which staff can park their cars securely within the compound and which will provide facilities for outdoor storage and refuse.
Baobarn Children’s Organisation is a non-governmental, non-religious humanitarian organisation, dedicated to working with children in West Africa. It was started by Elin Hansen Demoniere. Up to now they have bought a 1500 m2 site to the south-east of Dakar, in Sindia, where they plan to build a home for orphan children and a health center.
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The site in the wet season
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