I was born on 15th April 1985 on the slopes of Etna Mountain in Catania (Italy), the biggest active vulcan in Europe. After studying in Aeronautics I graduated in engineering and architecture in University of Catania on 2015. In childhood i developed passion for art, drawing and modeling. In adulthood food a deep interest in the cultures and traditions, I studied the masters of Buddhist philosophy which leave deep marks in my spiritual training. The great civic masters like Gandhi, Sankara and Mandela inspired my sense of altruism, which guide me to become the founder of Balouo Salo project and develop different theories and concepts on the approach to solidarity, integration and development projects. I dedicate most of my life to social activities, to fight prejudice and stereotypes, to promote equality and peace. I'm also sociologist and anthropologist self-taught, promoter of the traditions, histories, african cultures and languages, as well as the various historical environmental and civical phenomena that have hit the continent. I believe that the intellect and human love can overcome any boundary, and that the only limits that exist are those that we give us. I always tried to think and to do beyond the limit, whatever it is: cultural, geographical, intellectual etc. My actions are fueled by a strong desire to overcome all barriers and contribute with love for the establishment of an equitable and balanced world. Many of my values ​​were the result of philosophical and religious studies, as well as deep interiority of being reflections. What I always try to promote is love and brotherhood, the basis of of everything.

Cheickna Diebate
In the south of Senegal, in one of the villages where I work, a Griot family has given me the name Cheickna Diebate and has adopted me as a family member. This is a Griot's name. The Griots are a very important cultural figure in mandinga society and generally in the territories of sub-Saharan Africa. The Griots are people that transfer the knowledge of Africa. This name has gratified me and gives me a strong sense of responsibility towards society because during my experience in africa I became a teacher and a promoter of a culture. The local people call me "the white Griot".

Raoul Vecchio african architect

Awards

2017 - 1° premio Concorso per il Monumento in Memoria di Elisa Springer, Comune di Manduria, Italy
2017 - 2° premio per il Concorso per il Monumento in Memoria di Pietro Mennea, Comune di Barletta, Italy
2015 - Premio Giovanni Lorenzin per progetti sulla gestione idrica in Africa, Portogruaro, Italy
2015 - Premio solidarietà internazionale 2015, Federico Giovanni II, Rosolini, Italy