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Joan Laporta to travel to Senegal
The Barça president will travel on Wednesday to Senegal in order to inaugurate an integral support centre for children, part of the FC Barcelona Foundation’s “XICS” programme.
The Fundación FC Barcelona has undertaken, with the support of the Senegalese ‘ASBEF' organisation, the Catalan “Barcelona Sida 2002” and the Richard Toll council, a project to create a solidarity centre for education and sport in Senegal as part of its XICS programme (International Network of Solidarity Centres).
What is the centre like?
The centre was designed by the Foundation with the collaboration of a local architect and in located in the north Senegalese municipality of Richard Toll. The 2 hectare site provided by the Council includes 450 metres of constructed area that will be used for classrooms, training rooms, a medical surgery, a dining room and a library. It also has a sports pavilion and a football pitch.
The centre will provide education, and health, nutritional and psychosocial care to vulnerable boys and girls aged between 6 and 16 years. This solidarity action will help reduce the risk of social exclusion that these youngsters face, with particular focus being centred on young girls.
New hope for Senegal
An FC Barcelona delegation will fly next Wednesday at midday to the African country, and will be made up of the leaders of the Fundación FC Barcelona international projects department as well as club president Joan Laporta, and vice president Alfons Godall. A team of reporters will also be travelling to give the visit the coverage it deserves.
This is a long awaited trip as it is the first XICS project to have been developed entirely by the club. The idea is to create an international network of solidarity centres using sport as the means to offer new opportunities and to guarantee such basic rights as education, health and free time to children in precarious situations. As well as the project in Senegal, the Foundation is also working on projects in Morocco, Brazil (through Edmilson’s foundartion) and Cameroon (through Eto’o’s foundartion).
The city of Richard’s garden
The Senegalese city of Richard Toll lies in the northeast of Senegal, close to the Mauritanian border. It is named after M. Richard, a French market gardener who established a farm in the area in the early 19th century. The word “toll” was added to his surname, which in the Wolof language, one of the most widely spoken in Senegal, means ‘garden’. Richard Toll is the largest producer of sugar can in the area, and is part of the region of Saint-Louis some 360 kilometres from the national capital, Dakar. The city is home to some 150,000 people.
In Senegal, and especially in the north, there are children known as “talibs”, who beg in the street and live in dreadful conditions, with very limited education and only very basic health care. FC Barcelona’s XICS programme will be making a priority of these children.
Some older info about Eto'o's foundation:
Fundació Samuel Eto'o
Collaboration agreement between Fundació FC Barcelona - Fundació Samuel Eto'o
The two foundations have signed a collaboration agreement by which they will work together for the benefit of the most vulnerable children in Cameroon, in particular, and Africa in general, where so many young people are at risk of social exclusion. In this sense, the two parties have agreed to actively collaborate in the implementation of an integral programme that will use sport, football and, especially, support in the form of education, health care and psychosocial care to children at risk, especially in the most deprived parts of Cameroon. The Fundació FC Barcelona is committed to providing institutional, financial, media and logistic support that can help make the projects being carried out by the Fundació Samuel Eto'o in Africa a reality..
The agreement was signed in person by President Joan Laporta and the player, Samuel Eto'o, in the president’s office. Laporta said he hoped that "this will be the starting signal for many more agreements.” Samuel Eto'o, meanwhile, was very grateful for the club’s collaboration because “we can make millions of boys and girls happy” before adding that “FC Barcelona is a club with a huge heart ".