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Jul 2, 2019

Valentina is back!

As you might remember, our volunteer Valentina flew to Ghana in May to discover the “Coffee Beans” project – are you curious about her amazing experience there? Well, let’s hear her story!

“As soon as I landed, I was amazed by the chaotic beauty of its landscapes and its inhabitants, who were trying to sell Simona, Luca and me weird products of any kinds (from WC paper to exotic fruit!). But, the most pervasive emotion came when we dropped off our car: the 23 children at Casa Italia ran towards us, jumping up and hugging up as we have known one another for years!

After resting in a small but well-endowed bedroom, my visit of the Centre began. “Coffee Beans” mission has several small houses having a specific goal per each: an administrative office, a kitchen, volunteers’ and children’s bedrooms, a central hall, Simona and Luca’s house and an upcoming physiotherapy studio. All around this structure there was a big garden the assistant manager Mr Collins took care of to keep the jungle and its risks away from the children.

Who’s living this miraculous reality? There’re Simona and Luca, the volunteer Viola, Mr Collins, two cookers Yvonne and Ester who prepare meals for 40 people every day, 5 “mami” who lovingly look after 23 children, who are the heart of this mission!

Awh, only if you met Nana and JD! Nana is a 9 months lovely baby and JD is a 15 years old young man who see the world in his own special manner. In Casa Italia you can find both children with or without disabilities and those who go or not to school – but each of them is precious and this mission wouldn’t be worthy without them.

It’s impressing how fast they remembered my name and they started calling me “mami”. Even being overactive and never tired, they are very well-educated and respectful… but they go wild as soon as it’s time to play games! They wake up at 4.30 am every day and can’t way to lunchtime where volunteers, as me, help them (especially Ella, OJ and other disable children) eat. You should have seen how happy they got when we all played with a balloon I had brought from Italy, and soap bubbles!

One day we had to cope with an emergency. Koby needed to be brought to the hospital to have his hand operated – what a courageous boy!

What an awesome experience…. So many of little pretty hands asking to be held in our arms. I learnt a lot from Coffee Beans – this trip is a lesson of total integration: a child having cramps gained solace from one without hands, all children take care of one another, they all value the most. Their energy is a proof that integration is possible even when it seems to be a deal breaker”.

Valentina was looking forward to tell her story and what She witnessed in Ghana – all these results couldn’t be possible without you.

Thank you again for your irreplaceable help!

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Jun 27, 2019

Hurray Martin!

Hurray Martin!

For many African children education is the only way to be able to imagine and make a better future real. Among his fellow-students, our Martin already has very clear ideas about his future. Many difficult circumstances have tested him since he was a child, but he never gave up! Martin had to grow quickly: not only is he taking care of himself but he also has to look after younger siblings. Even though his life has been tough, he still fights for accomplishing his dreams! Martin is a straight-A student: his dedication and commitment to study has allowed him to achieve excellent results in his classroom. That’s why Martin was selected as a student at the excellent secondary school of Nguviu Boys: his biggest dream is to become a doctor, so he’s studying as much as possible to have the chance to redeem himself from a life of hardships! Well done, Martin!

Without your contribution, nothing like this could have been possible. You’re helping many children as Martin to achieve their goals and dream a brightful future!

Thank you from the bottom of our heart!

Jun 17, 2019

Help for Basma!

We have fresh news for you: Miriam and Laura, our Country managers, have just come back from their monitoring trip to Damour! They can’t wait to tell the story of one refugee child….

“When the war started, Abdo had one goal in mind, save his family from what they feared most. He just didn’t know that things will go that fast. He left his wife with four children, the eldest 7 years old, and came to Lebanon to try to find a place to stay and a job. Short after that, the war had reached Aleppo, and Ghazale had to flee with her four children to Afrin. Two months later, Ghazale was able to flee with her daughters to Lebanon. The family lived for four years in Ouzai, one of the poorest banlieues of Beirut. They moved after that to Damour, where the family had two other children, the youngest of which, Basma, is now 9 months old.

Basma suffers from birth from health problems and malnutrition. Since birth her intestines are not functioning properly. Because of that her body is unable to get rid of toxins. At 6 months she did tests that showed high levels of inflammation, malnutrition and severe anemia. The family was getting the needed medicine but was unable to purchase the prescribed milk. The doctor declared that breastfeeding was not giving her any nutrients, but the family could not afford baby’s milk. Because priority was given to medicine, the mother was diluting yogurt in water with the hope that this will help her daughter. Milk is provided to Basma when donated, as was the case of the milk provided by Aleimar”.

As you may already know, the 20th of June is the World Refugee Day, a very important opportunity for you to support Meals for All. From 00.00 ET on Thursday 20th of June to 23.59 ET on Friday 21st of June, GlobalGiving will double your donation!

Only a donation per person is possible, so it would be great if you could engage your friends, relatives and colleagues. Please tell them who we are, what we do and help us spread this call. You’ll make the difference in these families’ lives!

Thank you from the bottom of our heart!

 
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