New building openings are among the most common emails to drop into the Metropolis inbox. But one last week featuring the Obama name definitely caught our attention.

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Former president Obama meets Alexander Busl, managing director of the PATRIZIA KinderHaus-fondation

Far from the usual opening featuring construction leads and financiers, the sixteenth project opening for the PATRIZIA KinderHaus–foundation was graced by an appearance from the 44th president of the US himself, Barack Obama. 

The PATRIZIA KinderHaus-foundation works with the former president’s sister Dr Auma Obama and her Sauti Kuu Foundation, which supports disadvantaged children and young people in Kenya.

The former president lent his support to the cause by attending the opening of a new training centre for children and young people in Alego on the northern shore of Lake Victoria earlier this month. 

This new facility features computer rooms, a library, vegetable gardens that are used for providing training in sustainable agriculture, living rooms and sports facilities.

PATRIZIA may have recently acquired a €90m (£80m) Brussels office asset 98% let to the European Commission but for Alexander Busl, managing director of the PATRIZIA KinderHaus-fondation, there is no doubt over the company’s highlight this summer.

”Meeting Barack Obama was, of course, a personal highlight,” said Busl. “The new PATRIZIA KinderHaus in Kenya is a great example of our work in action. With Sauti Kuu, we have a strong local partner that shares our philosophy. Like us, Auma Obama and her foundation are focusing on enabling a confident, autonomous path for children and young people through education, personal development and reliable structures.”

The Kinderhaus in Kenya is the 16th project of the PATRIZIA KinderHaus-Stiftung worldwide. Since its formation in 1999, the foundation has financed Kinderhaus children’s homes in ten countries, particularly in various African countries, as well as in Peru and Nepal. In addition, the foundation has built four children’s homes in Augsburg, Munich and Hamburg.