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Feb 17, 2017

Threads of hope

The Threads of Hope project has been seing his first cycle of graduate women in 2016, when our project leader Sara and her group have visited Nagercoil, in southern India. Here, 20 women are following the cutting and sewing class, and 35 women the computer class.

As soon as our correspondents arrived in front of the building wich hosts the classes, they immediately understood that everything was ready for a big festivity! In fact, a big Mandala had been painted all over the entrance stairs! Some of the women following the classes had welocomed them with jasmines to put throught the hair and painted on their faces typical symbols with bright colors and given a rose to each one.

They visited the small spaces in which the computer classes are held, and afterwards, on the second floor, the sewing spaces. The participants had made another wonderful decoration with flower petals on the floor. Here they could see the women at their stations with the 12 sewing machines of the centre; on the walls thei could see all the samples of clothes and purses they had made, and the local sewing teacher Upalt showed them all the notebooks which every women has to fill with the samples drawings beforse she can start working with the materials.

The women have then continued celebrating, bringing sweets, singing and reciting poetry, beforse donating to each member of the group a personal gift. The festivity ended with the signature and the consignation to each participant of their certification of competence.

Now those women can be conscious than, thanks to these competences, they can build a future for them and their children, in a reality which still sees the women as inferior to the man.  

They saw that those classes are very appreciated, and hope to extend the spaces and the range of women which can follow the classes!

Feb 17, 2017

Little butterflies start to fly

The project “Little Butterflies” is born with the intent of giving legal, psychological and sanitarian help to children victims of sexual violence.

In the context of Manaus, located in the north-east of Brasil, between the Rio Negro and the Rio Amazon, Father Joaquim has accepted the difficult challenge of helping boys and girls who were victimes of sexual violence in the domestic or street environment by organizing psychological sessions for them and their families, as well as extra activities, such as field trips in the nature which surrounds Manaus and to the local Institut for Amazonian Research, so that children can form an environmental consciousness.

Father Joaquim, furthermore, is engaged in an active program of prevention of sexual abuse through school activities. He is also in contact with local ONGs to form a cooperation in the region to reach out to as many children and families as possible.

Joaquim has received, for his strong and constant engagement with children, from the Legislative Assembly of the Amazonas, a special mention as his is one of the best projects of the State.

We hope his work, and that of the volunteers he so proudly trains, will continue as long as there will be children out there in the region in need of assistance. We thank you for all the help you are giving us, helping us to reach out to situations which are in need of attention, and hope you will follow us in this project of great engagement!

Feb 16, 2017

Volunteers of hope

As our director Daniele Saibene returns from Malawi, pleasant news return with him!

Daniele and his delegation have been visiting the Mangochi region for one week, to check out how things were progressing and to consult the local physiotherapist Gift and the Italian volunteer nurse Marina.

As they were there, they could feel a change. Gift isn’t, in fact, the only local volunteer; many others have joined him in his mission! Indeed, 30 volunteers are currently participating to the training course to become physiotherapist help, so that the families who can’t leave their homes and drive or walk all the way to the Tiyende Pamodzi operative center, can be assisted in another way. Gift, whose work is passionate and whose actions are guided by a sincere willing to help, isn’t able to work with more than 20 patients a day, so that the assistance of the local volunteers has become an essential resource.

But those 30 volunteers aren’t the only ones who are offering help! As a matter of fact, the mothers of those children who have been lucky enough to get already a treatment, are sharing their knowledge, offering their help and affection. Mothers who first were ashamed to have disabled children, are now the force to continue and to grow.

Furthermore, a new project is starting to see light. Marina and Gift are starting to put everything in place so that the GYM can be fully equipped for the treatments, and new materials can be lend to the families who work with their children from home.

Together, we have already reached so much, but much more can still be achieved if we all believe in it and work for it! Let’s do it, for the children, for the mothers, for Namwera, for Magochi, for Malawi! 

 
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