Doua’s Blog

The applications for next year have been sent

18/12/2020 – Doua has delivered letters of application to several companies, banks and institutions in person. From January/February 2021, annual contracts are being awarded in Senegal. Doua has already received the first positive reactions. He tells us it looks all “promettant“ – promising.

The training for his cleaning personnel is planned for early January. In this way, 32 of his young applicants will be able to enjoy a training for free. Doua managed to get the GIZ on board, which will offer rooms as well as help with the development of the training concept. For the practical training, Doua has found a hotel for everyone to clean thoroughly from top to bottom.

Everything runs smoothly so far. However, the next obstacle will be the acquisition of a delivery van to transport cleaning carts, cleaning utensils and products. For this, he needs your support. The car will cost 4000 €, for which we are currently raising funds.

Farewell to Germany

Finally, the day of farewell had arrived. On October 3rd, Doua flew back to his home country of Senegal, which he had left 30 years before. First, however, he had to say goodbye to Germany. On 27th September, Doua travelled from Munich to Prien and attended the Protestant church service, led by pastor Wackerbarth who used this occasion to issue a travel blessing for Doua.

Doua has big plans for Senegal, which he pursues determinately for years. He wants to establish a cleaning business in Dakar, train new co-workers, introduce modern hygiene standards and create new workplaces.

The odds are in his favour, since an ambitious building project next to Dakar is on its way just now: Diamniadio Lake City. A second modern city aimed to relieve the over-crowded Dakar. Besides, Doua has been to Senegal time and time again over the years to make new contacts there.

He is most certainly well-prepared as he has led a cleaning business in Munich for many years. In order to start anew in Africa, he developed a business plan together with Social Impact. Hats and T-shirts as well as business cards with his logo and the company’s address in Dakar are already in place and wait for him in his old home country.

Almost a week to his departure to Senegal, Doua said goodbye to his friends and supporters from Vision Yamalé. After the service, Helke and he went on a tour to the Herreninsel isle. Afterwards, Helke invited everyone to her home for coffee and cake. Assitan Soumare, a doctor and author from Mali, who studied in Germany, also participated via video chat as did Nuria, a Spanish student from Munich and Ibou from Senegal. This way, Doua was able to make new contacts with supporters of our association from Mali and Senegal. They helped him with advice and useful addresses.

After the subsequent dinner, Doua gave a farewell speech in which he thanked everyone for their support along the way.