Baraka social cultural association

National Network

str. Ghiocei, nr. 30, bl. 30C, sc. 1, et. 1, ap. 6, sect.2

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Mobile Phone
Mobile Phone (other)
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
  2. Democracy and community development
  3. Gender
  4. Human rights
  5. International/Cultural relations
  6. Youth and education
General Information
Baraka social cultural association has been founded in June 2002 by a group of young youth workers and artists. The organization is currently managed by the coordination group of 5 persons, supported by 25 volunteers involved in various activities. General work in the organization is done on a voluntary contribution, however within specific projects paid staff is ensured. The association has divided its work into 4 main directions: Human Rights Education with Young People, Support for Participation, Intercultural Dialogue, and Training & Development within Youth Organizations. The association has run various projects within the 4 main actions lines, funded by various institutions such as: European Commission, Council of Europe, Schuler Helfen Leben, VDAY, private donors. A broad set of actions has been used: training, seminar, youth and cultural exchanges, awareness raising campaigns, theatre and performance with social message, e-learning. Baraka is a founding member of Human Rights Education Youth Network, and has stable partners at local and international level: highschools and universities in Bucharest, youth and art organizations as well as various artists.
Mission and Objectives

BARAKA is a non-governmental, apolitical and non-profit youth organization based in Bucharest, Romania. It has been founded in June 2002 to help in building co-operation network among young people from the Balkans and Europe through social and cultural activities, inspired by values of volunteerism, peace and tolerance.
Why ''BARAKA''?:
Within the entire Balkan region, the meaning of baraka is similar; it represents a limited, poor space for living. As each of us is the heir of a significant bundle of stereotypes, which determines us to often refuse to leave our own “barrack”, our association’s aim is to challenge the validity of these pattern images by experiencing the difference through social and cultural programmes. Hence, BARAKA Association’s undertaking to open the pathways to and from our own “barrack”.

Main Projects / Activities

Current projects include:
"Europe for all?" a long term project, coordinated by ANCE (Greece), aims to involve young people with fewer opportunities (2nd generation immigrants) in the organization of an information campaign and cultural events addressed to other young people, exploring and dealing with the issues of cultural diversity and European citizenship.
V Day Bucharest 2009 within the frame of the V DAY global campaign against violence against women we are organizing representations of the collective play "A memory, a monologue, a rant and a prayer" (ed. Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle) with non-professional actresses and actors, followed by an awareness raising campaign on violence against women and the need of activism and community action.
Trainings on role of art in social change, realised in partnership with Hajde da (Serbia) include "Get their message heard", training for youth leaders, contemporary dancers and persons with disabilities on how to use contemporary dance in work with mixed-ability groups and "Performance as a tool for social action", designed for youth and social workers as well as artists who are interested in using performance in their work.
Together. Human Rights Education with Young People, is a program run by the organization since its begining, curently we're developing training for students and teachers in human rights based on Theatre of the Oppressed, Sensorial and Labyrinth theatre.
Baraka is also partner in various exchanges around Europe and not only with different youth and art organizations, and undertakes work within Human Rights Education Youth Network to promote and develop HRE.

Contact (1) Full Name
Ruxandra Pandea
Head of the organisation
Ruxandra Pandea, President
Contact (2) Full Name
Vlad Atanasiu