In the fall of 2011 Project Niafourang travelled to Niafourang, a small coastal village in the Casamance region of Senegal. The population of Niafourang is around 300 inhabitants; the village is very poor with a high unemployment rate. Hilde Huus-Hansen leads a non-profit organization; Friends of Niafourang, that works to improve conditions for local youth and create job opportunities in the village. December 2010 Hilde got in touch with three architecture students from NTNU. She was looking to build a Youth Center in Niafourang that would include a computer room/library and a larger multi-purpose room. The intention was to create opportunities, jobs and development in the village. An important aspect of the project was to involve the local community in both the building and planning stages, in order to create a sense of ownership and pride in the resulting building.
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