Board of Trustees

Interim Board of  Trustees

Tomasz Sadowski

Tomasz Sadowski, 68, psychologist, founder of model institutions for integration and social economy, chairman of the Barka Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Member of the Committee of Public Benefit Activities of 1-st and 2-nd term, member of the Strategic Group on System-based Solutions in Social Economy affiliated to the Prime Minister of Poland. During 1989 – 2004 created a system of social, vocational and economic rehabilitation for vulnerable groups of people.

The system consists of the following:

  • Programs of family-based communities – organic farms for the socially excluded;
  • Socio-educational programs which provided grounds for the Act on Social Employment;
  • Programs of new work places and social cooperatives’ creation for the long-term unemployed, Act on Social Cooperatives;
  • Program of accessible housing, Act on Government’s Financial Support to Social Housing;
  • Program for development of civil society, Act on Public Benefit Activity and Volunteerism;
  • Programs of social development of new institutions within local councils;
  • Programs of social reintegration within a system of local partnerships at a regional and sub-regional level;
  • Programs of integration of intra-EU migrants (United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands and Poland);
  • In the process of preparation is a development aid programme for African countries.

Social Involvement:

  • During 2002 – 2006 co-created National System of Social and Vocational Reintegration of Socially Excluded Groups. Pioneer programmes initiated by T.Sadowski have had a decisive influence on the development of social economy at national and international level.
  • Initiated legal acts in the area of social policy as well as new institutions and structures of the social market economy.
  • Established the School for Leaders of Social Animation to benefit employees at national and international level.
  • Founded Regional Social Economy Centre, a model institution created in partnership with the President of the Wielkopolska Region in Poland, local authorities and civic institutions. The Centre supports the formation of local partnerships as well as social and economic entities for integration and social entrepreneurship.
  • Member of various organisations working for civil society such as European Anti-Poverty Network EAPN, International Association of Innovators for the Public ASHOKA (USA), World Economic Forum Social Entrepreneurs and others. Conducted a number of study trips and traineeship programmes in North and Central Africa, USA, Brazil, China and others. Received a number for international awards for his social inclusion work including European Hero by Time Magazine, World Habitat Awards, Henry Ford Conservation Awards, Global Development Network and World Bank First Prize for Most Innovative Project to name a few.

Baiba Dhidha Mjidho

Baiba Dhidha Mjidho, 64

  • 1987 – 2003: Member of the Rotary Club of Kilindini, Mombasa. Served one term as Club Chairman (President) and attended two District conferences.
  • 1993-1995: First Chairman of the Urban Tribal Council in Mombasa with status of sub-group of the Pokomo tribe even though under age for the position.
  • 2007 appointed Vice Chairman of Kenya Community Liverpool on migrating to the UK in 2005.
  • May 2009 to date : appointed Chairman of Kenya Community Liverpool. Name change to Kenya Community Association Nov. 2010.
  • 2010 to date: Member of Merseyside Independent Advisory Group to Merseyside Police Authority.

Has been for the last 25 years through Membership to Rotary, Tribal Council, Kenya Community in Merseyside and involvement with Police offering services to communities outside his official duties out of compassion for others. In April-May 2012 organised Barka delegation’s study visit to Kenya and Ethiopia.

Godwin Bateren

Godwin Bateren, born in Nigeria in 1953, school and College there was followed by scholarship entry into the Merchant Navy. Following a distinguished career as a Navigation Officer he became increasingly involved in helping individuals and communities of Black and Minority Ethnic origin now located in Liverpool, England. Having lived in a (sometimes) troubled part of that city for nearly thirty years he is currently the Project Manager of “Chara Trust”, an organisation he helped create in 1997. Having resigned as a Trustee in order to become more actively involved, he has been an inspiration to many in his drive to promote personal development, community development, capacity building, and skills enhancement through collective and collaborative activities. During the last decade, his instinctive desire to help others to help themselves has brought Africa into his vision, with Uganda in particular benefitting from his energy and generosity; his personal projects providing textbooks for schoolchildren, clean-water storage tanks for a village and the creation of a poultry farm. Inspired by the work of the Barka Foundation, with others, he is currently embarking on a project aimed initially at creating a farm in Uganda to grow maize on a large scale for export to areas of famine elsewhere. Local communities will then be taught how to duplicate this to increase the export yield and diversify production for local consumption. Godwin is involved in this project independently of his work with the Chara Trust.

Sister Scholasticah Nganda

Sister Scholasticah Nganda, director of Mukuru Promotion Centre, Nairobi, Kenya. The Centre is a church based charitable organization that was established by the Sisters of Mercy in 1985. The organization started as a temporary school in the heart of the Mukuru slums and its key objective then was to provide education to the children of Mukuru hence get them off the streets. Since its inception, MPC has expanded a great deal and now operates several projects that focus on three key areas: Education (including vocational training), Health, and Social Rehabilitation.

Ewa Sadowska

Ewa Sadowska, 30, is a member of the Barka Foundation Board of Trustees and Chief Executive Officer of Barka UK and coordinator of the European Migrants Integration Network with projects in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland and Poland. Graduate of Palmer High School in Colorado, USA; holds a master degree in Ethno-Linguistics at the Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan, Poland and a post-graduate degree in the Social Economy Management from the Warsaw University.

Grew up in Barka communities established by her parents Barbara and Tomasz Sadowski in 1989.

  • 1995 2003: International Contacts Coordinator at Barka Foundation for Mutual Help.
  • 2003 – 2004: Planning Officer in the Population and Community Development Association (PDA) in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 2003: completed a traineeship at the Grameen Bank, Dhaka, Bangladesh in microfinance and capacity-building consulting services innovative solutions to global poverty led by Professor Mohammad Yunus.
  • 2004- until now: completed a number of educational modules including the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, leadership training at the Yale University and a number of international seminars and study visit programmes.
  • Since 2006 has been involved in creating support programmes to assist European economic migrants in reconnection, rehabilitation and vocational and social reintegration in the UK and Ireland.
  • Since 2008 – until now: CEO of Barka UK in London supporting vulnerable European migrants (the programmes have been awarded with Andy Ludlow Homelessness Awards 2009).
  • 2008: World Economic Forum announces Ewa Sadowska a Young Global Leader 2008
  • 2011: Involved in establishing Barka Reconnection project in Hamburg, Germany.
  • 2012: Involved in establishing Barka organisations in the The Netherlands and Ireland; Member of the Board of Trustees of Stichting Barka Nederland and Barka for Mutual Help Ireland.

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