Project Launch: 6-21-18
The Salama Africa Creative Centre project aims to build a creative space in Dzaleka Refugee Camp in order to boost, develop, and promote creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship among youth for positive social transformation. This space will be the hub of free thought, entrepreneurship, and innovation in Dzaleka and create a market and arena for local artists to market and advance their work.
To date, members of Salama Africa have actively and energetically worked on the project, doing most of the labor themselves to level the construction site, dig the foundation, purchase and transport materials such as timber and iron sheets, build walls to the top level, and identify carpenters who have worked on the roofing of the structure. The project was affected by an increase in the market prices of construction materials, but the group was able to leverage additional resources from United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to cover the costs of the ceiling and floor. Once completed, the creative center will provide an opportunity for youth in the camp to showcase their performance and develop their talents, which include singing, dancing, design, and other artistic endeavors. Progress is showing that this is a groundbreaking initiative in the camp that will impact many lives in the years to come
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