Dreary daily life for children and young people
The camps have been in existence for nearly 40 years. Daily life is dreary and offers little variety for children and young people in particular. Smara, with 45,000 occupants, is the largest refugee camp in the Western Sahara. In the last seven years, seven youth centres have been created there with the help of terre des hommes schweiz. They are managed by our partner organisation UJSARIO Smara.
Working for the future
In the youth centres, young people learn how to improve their future prospects and make use of their own resources. USJARIO Smara offers classes in languages and IT and organises courses in sewing and cooking. The young Sahrawis are very interested in these courses because they can learn practical life skills which improve their career prospects. There is also the option of taking part in all kinds of activities at the youth centres: music, sports and games are among the core services provided by the organisation, as well as information events on subjects such as health, protecting the environment and preventing violence.