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"I decided to take this path because I can envision a future here," says Ibibi after explaining that on the day he turned 18, he could no longer stay at the center for minors where he had been living. He decided to come to Barcelona. Ibibi didn't know anyone or anything about the city, but he believed he would find more opportunities than he had in his hometown.


"When I arrived, I was assigned a social worker who informed me about the shelters where Icould sleep and eat," Ibibi points out. It was her who told him about BarcelonActua. "I was able to enter the BACstation and start from scratch," he explains. Now, that Ibibi had a home he could continue studying languages, pursuing training courses, and building a new social network.


"I had a mentor who supported me a lot and taught me many things about her culture. She even explained to me who La Moreneta is," he says with a laugh. Ibibi admits that he really liked the BACstation, and that's why he wanted to take all the opportunities that came his way. He also says that he requested to be part of the BACacollida Families program because he was sure that if he lived with a family in Barcelona, he could continue to progress and meet new trustworthy people. "Well that, and for the affection they would give me too," Ibibi confesses with a shy smile.


Not long after, the program coordinator called Ibibi. "She told me they already had a family for me, and I was very happy," Ibibi explains. He also admits that he was nervous because, although the first meeting with Lina and her three children had gone very well, he wanted to make sure to respect the family's culture and guidelines so that everyone would be happy with the coexistence.


Ibibi confesses that on the day he arrived, he felt that everything would be fine. "We played, went for walks, cooked Catalan and Moroccan food, and shared how our day went," he explains. They cared for each other because they are a family. Before reaching the 6 month mark of living with the family, Ibibi found a job. "Right after, I managed to renew my NIE, and thanks to all the cooking courses I took through the Foundation and the internships, I was offered a job." That meant he could start looking for a room and become independent.


He narrates with excitement how his host family celebrated his new position as a cook with pride. "They are my second family, my Spanish family, and when they are happy, I am happy too, and vice versa," he says, admitting that he has no words to thank them for everything they have done for him. "When I arrived, I didn't know if anything would work out. It was a dream, and now it has become a reality."