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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
Dec 19, 2018

Updates from Damour!

We strongly believe that one of the main characteristics of Oui pour la vie’s foodbank, is the stability and the security it conveys and inspires to people. Actually, our project is still operating four days per week, serving meals to Lebanese as well as to refugee families. However, the number of families in need is constantly increasing, and unfortunately in this moment we are not able to provide complete meals for all the people who come to us. Therefore, for the time being, we are maintaining a list of families who receive bread, juice and any other kind of food we are able to provide.

Refugee families who are able to travel abroad, are being replaced with other families which are on the waiting list. The list is constantly updated by Oui pour la vie volunteers, who visit newcomers to the region, and keep in contact with already established families.

We are deeply thankful to all of you, for the fundamental support we are receiving, without whom it would not be possible to carry out this project.

We also take the opportunity to wish a very merry Christmas and a happy new year to you all!

Dec 6, 2018

Emotions of a trip!

As promised, here's what our project leader Angela recently told us about when she returned from Malawi:

"The trip to Malawi is an experience that always puts me to the test. We move from pre-travel anxiety to the great melancholy of the return for those who leave themselves: looks, smiles, hugs ... but also a return full of adrenaline for everything we do and that there is to do.

A continent, 26 hours of travel, thousands of miles divide us from this country, but as soon as you arrive in this land, all the misadventures and difficulty vanish to leave space to the emotions.

Also this year we visited two villages to which we had purchased irrigation pedal pumps in the Mangochi District. It was surprising to finally see a "green" vegetation, fields well kept by their leaders. We are confirmed that thanks to the pedal pumps we guarantee three crops of maize for year, in addition to growing vegetables. In this September of anomalous heat, where along the roads you can not see other land, dry trees and the predominant color is brown, get to the cultivated fields where the water comes thanks to the pedal pumps puts us in front of a different landscape.

Thanks to the contribution of many sensitive and supportive people, we were able to buy two pedal pumps for the Tiyende Pamodzi Group which, made up of local volunteers and coordinated by the Aleimar local referent Marina, supports and provides help to disabled people and children in different villages of the district. The pumps were delivered personally to two volunteers carefully selected by Marina and the group: "Mbwana Watch" of Mtuluko Village and "Saidi Yahaza" of the Village of Mpwaira Kutuli. These two volunteers have been trained, will take care of the pedal pumps as well as the direct cultivation of the fields, ensuring food to combat malnutrition.

Before returning to Italy, I had the opportunity to visit the village of Manjawira: here we are proposed to build a well because in hot times like this, people, as well as suffering from malnutrition, have no water to drink and to to cook. This is a very poor village, 22 km away from Mangochi and it takes 45 minutes to reach it. Currently, the women of Manjawira and other neighboring villages go to get water to the river, 2 km away, a dirty water that in order to drink it must be boiled for a long time, consuming a lot of wood. In this emergency, we are thus evaluating the possibility of committing ourselves to the construction of a well that would really change the lives of many people. .

The time has come to return to Italy: the stay in Malawi has been quite heavy physically, but the scorching heat and frenetic rhythms are nothing compared to the emotions that are experienced when meeting friends, volunteers, children but especially disabled people and people sick. I am amazed by the serenity with which these people with their problems live everyday life, by their ability to build relationships of trust, but above all to be there for each other. This must be a great example for us too, "KNOWING BEING" rather than "KNOWING TO DO".

Pedal pumps for Tiyende Pamodzi Group
Pedal pumps for Tiyende Pamodzi Group
Manjawira
Manjawira

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