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Jan 24, 2019

A GREAT YEAR!

We can proudly say that the project ended the year with excellent results. In the second half of 2018 30 children have been taken in charge by the program. Furthermore 55 workshops and 70 home visits were organized involving about 500 children and teenagers. To increase the effectiveness of the preventive actions, 50 meetings were held with the representatives of the protection network, which involved more than 1850 people. Furthermore, 2 training courses and 1 seminar for the operators of the protection network were organized, involving over 1000 people. Finally, different material for dissemination has been realized, especially brochures and DVDs with videos about sexual abuse prevention. We thank all of you for your precious help! Together we can make the difference in many children’s life!

Jan 18, 2019

Many changes coming

At the beginning of February our India Country Manager Sara and one of her colleagues are leaving on a monitoring trip to India, where they are going to visit also the ‘Threads of Hope’ project. They will bring some updates and photos, that we can’t wait to share with you all! Moreover, on that occasion, the women who took part in the tailoring and computer courses last year will receive their certificate, which means they successfully completed their course!

As far as the general situation in the country is concerned, India is now preparing for the forthcoming general elections, which will be held in spring, between April and May. We are going to keep the situation monitored in order to register any possible political change and its impact on the local communities we work with. We hope our Country Manager will be able to learn more about the current political situation during her trip.

Meanwhile, we would like to renew our gratitude to all of you for believing in our project, since it is thanks to your support that we can carry on our actions!

Finally, we take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year!

Jan 11, 2019

A meeting full of emotion

Coffee beans!
Coffee beans!

In the occasion of the Christmas holidays we met our local referent Simona who, together with her husband Luca and Bolò, one of the children welcomed in Casa Italia, has returned from Ghana for the holidays. It is always exciting to talk with Simona who, with simple words, manages to convey all the love with which she takes care of her coffee beans. It's been 12 years since Simona and Luca decided to leave for Ghana and dedicate their lives to the many children in difficulty and that, especially if disabled, are abandoned to themselves, without any right and possibility of redemption. The stories that Simona tells us are really touching and sad: almost all the children hosted have been victims of violence, abuse and inhuman acts by their own parents who have caused traumas and physical or mental delays. Knowing the past of these children, we are even more surprised and happy to hear from Simona the progress achieved by these little heroes: thanks to the care and affection of our referent and the entire team of mamam, in the last three months many children have had a marked improvement. It is the example of Rebecca who, arrived at Casa Italia 6 months ago and with a diagnosis of serious brain injury that prevented her from walking and interacting, now she speaks correctly, understands everything and is starting to crawl. Based on his experience, Simona has been able to ascertain that if children "without problems" and children with disabilities can live together, the latter achieve results in less time: it is a question of mirror neurons, that is how we can influence neurons who is next to us. This, combined with constancy, gymnastics and stimulation, can really make the difference.

It is precisely these beautiful goals that every day give strength and hope to Simona who, despite the effort and sacrifice, can not wait to leave again and embrace her children. Simona, in addition to providing a family and a home to 23 children, is also increasingly active in activities to combat the marginalization of disabled children. If you could spread the information that being different does not necessarily mean being nobody or not being able to play or not being able to talk, then there could be hope for all those children who left alone can not find any other way to let themselves die.


The words of Simona are really stimulating and, even from a distance, encourage us to do even more to give a better future to these children; sure we can continue to count on your help, we wish Simona, Luca, the little Bolò and all the coffee beans a year full of smiles and serenity.

Rebecca!
Rebecca!
Rehabilitation session
Rehabilitation session
with Simona, Luca and Bolo
with Simona, Luca and Bolo
 
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