Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile – Surviving violence, creating hope, rebuilding lives


Bitenge Makuka

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Head of Groupwork, Bi‑cultural Senior Group and Support Worker

  • MA Refugee Care (Psychosocial Model, Holistic and Multidisciplinary Approach, using of different dimensions and Human Rights Lenses)
  • IGA Diploma in Group Analysis

A few words about me

Many years of personal, academic and professional experience in this field. Good understanding of The Push and Pull factors and challenges facing asylum seekers and refugees. Dedicated and passionate person. Always enjoy the internal and external transformations happening in the holistic life of our Young People.

What does your role at Baobab involve?

Co-facilitating the Young Adult Group on Fridays and leading on facilitating the Monday Group (Adolescents), supported by two interpreters. Having an overview of all groups happening at Baobab – Music, Art and community activities…

What is your desert island book or music?

Music from Miriam Makeba from South Africa and Congolese music in general

What 3 words would you use to describe Baobab?

Not 3 words, but 3 ideas. Baobab is…

  • A transitional space
  • A place to learn more about your internal and external challenges and strengths 
  • A place to rebuild confidence, interact with others, build resilience and hope