In 2018, Sara Nuedling from Hamburg and Yusuph Masanja from Dar es Salaam were involved in coordinating an exchange program for social workers between Dar es Salaam and Hamburg called Tuko Pamoja. The Exchange took place in both cities —Hamburg in 2018 and Dar es Salaam in 2019. Sarah and Yusuph were inspired by the participants’ efforts to connect, learn from each other, and exchange experiences. As a result, they wanted to keep such connection and learning space alive!

In the following year, Sarah and Yusuph developed DAKA Network! The acronym stands for Dada and Kaka (Sister and Brother, in Swahili language). The Network signifies respect to humanity’s potential for collaboration and solidarity towards making the world a better place. In 2020, their attempt to realize the first DAKA exchange was undermined by COVID-19, but they were able to make use of available online tools to realize a virtual program as an alternative! Learn more about this virtual exchange (meeting halfway) here.

Sarah and Yusuph are grateful to dock europe eV, Saving Africa’s Nature, Dar es Salaam and Hamburg cities, exchange participants and all friends who have continued to support the network.

You can learn more about them and the DAKA Network by reading the below recently published article: