Richard Toll support centre opens
There were nearly 3,000 children present for the opening of the new support centre in Richard Toll in Senegal and, through the club's Foundation, spread a smile across the faces of everyone.
President Joan Laporta unveiled the plaque to commemorate the opening of the support centre in the
town, upon which was written XICS (Network of International Support Centres), which was founded by
the FC Barcelon Foundation.
The huge number of people who gathered to witness the even showed just how big the news was
that the centre was opening and Laporta was delighted withthe reception that he has received.
"Meeting the children was really great," he said. "They have made us feel Senegalese."
Help for over 250 children
The centre will provide education, medical and psychological support to
around 250 children during its first three years. Almost 40 per cent of those that are members of
the centre will be children in extreme difficulties who live in a precarious sitation in the
Koranic schols in the country. The other children from Richard Toll who are at risk from social
exclusion will be inscribed with special attention being given to girls.
800 square meters
The community centre covers 800 square metres and has two classrooms, a library, two
workshops, a kitchen and two sanitary areas.
Back to Barcelona
The Barça party flew out of Dakar on Friday towards Paris, where they will then catch another
flight back to Barcelona. The club representatives and the Foundation members left Richard
satisfied with a job well done. That satisfaction came from the knowledge that the task that they
set out to complete and been accomplished.