Mar 31, 2021

Helping the most vulnerable during the pandemic

The pandemic crisis is still on the rise in Italy, as in the rest of the world. Many activities (shops, restaurants, theatres) have been closed one again, kindergadens and primary schools have been closed, and high schools have been closed since February 2021. Hospitalisations have surged and Hospitals are once again under pressure.

Fondazione Francesca Rava with has helped hospitals in the South of Italy, in the most vulnerable regions of the country such as Campania, Calabria, and Sicily. Diagnostic devices and ecographs have been donated to the hospitals of Naples, Crotone and Agrigento. Morevoer, devices for the ICU in Cagliari Hospital, in Sardinia, have been donated.

Fondazione Francesca Rava is especially involved in helping vulnerable families and children in this long pandemic with SOS Spesa and SOS Scuola projects. With SOS Spesa we help vulnerable families and shelter homes with food supplies: more than 180 people are volunteering with us, preparing food boxes and delivering to the so-called "new poors": families with precarious employments, that the the pandemic has driven poor. We have helped more than 40.000 vulnerable people, since the pandemic outbreak.

SOS Scuola is Fondazione Rava's new projects to help vulnerable children: school drop-outs and educational gaps have risen, after almost a year of distance learning and school closures. 357 devices (pc, tablets and smartphones) have been donated to 67 shelter homes for minors in Italy. A programme supporting minors, with digital literacy lessons, has been launched. 

 

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Feb 8, 2021

A letter from Celinda, pequena of NPH Mexico

Dear the World!

During this COVID-19, I have been feeling stressed and frustrated with online studies. I know that going to school is not the same as studying online because the topics I have learned are harder to understand in comparison to a teacher explaining and telling me if what I’m doing is correct or not. This has been a huge challenge for me, but I’m sure that when I attend university, it will be easier to handle, and also I’ll have a better comprehension of the topics I’ll study.

I’m also worried because I’m not able to do the same things I used to do, such as enjoy the companionship of my friends, walk to school with my friends, and talk about the things we see on the way to school. My family lives in the state of Guerrero; my grandparents are older and I don’t want them to be infected by this virus and not be able to see them again. I feel sad because I can’t talk to them. In the area where they live, there is no phone signal. Furthermore, due to the pandemic my little siblings haven’t been accepted to enter NPH yet. I hope this ends soon so they can come to the home and we can be together again.

I want to tell my family to keep calm because at home: we have had the necessary measures to avoid contagion at NPH Mexico. I also want to tell them to take this seriously because in my home town people have their own beliefs and don’t pay attention to what actually happens. Every day I’m praying for their safety and health.

During these uncertain times, I have learned that we should give more value to the people that surround us: our friends, our family, and my godparents that care for me. I have learned to enjoy my new NPH family and the incredible moments we have together. I’ve also learned the values that our Father William Wasson left us.

Thanks to what we are currently living through, I’m now assigned for being responsible for our library, which is a great opportunity because one of the things I love most is to read in my spare time. I love this new assignment. I know it is a huge responsibility because I have to control the books I lend out. I have proposed that children read books in the library, but there are too many and thus, I don’t know where to begin. I’m really thankful for this opportunity they have given me and I’m going to make the best of it.

After concluding my first year of high school, I am preparing for different activities such as origami, how to prepare fruit-flavored soft drinks, and how to make typical Mexican sweets, as well as how to save money and learn to create a successful business. My favorite activities are emotional sciences, typical Mexican sweets, and origami. I like them so much that I’m going to teach my siblings when they join me here. We have had sports activities like soccer, basketball, and volleyball; though my team hasn’t won, the most important part is to have fun and enjoy my friends’ company.

Regarding my godparents, donors, and caregivers, I just want to tell you that I’m really happy to have you near me, supporting me in the easiest and hardest moments. I want you to know you are always in my heart and I’ll never forget you. I hope you are well, and I pray for you so this pandemic doesn’t get to your homes and families. I thank you with my heart for all your efforts to keep this family moving on.

Love,

Celinda

 

Feb 1, 2021

Laying of the first stone of the Civic and Sports Center

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On a  sunny December day the laying of the first stone of the new Gym and Civic Center took place in Pieve OTrina
"One year after the delivery of our nursery school, we return to Pieve Torina with great emotion" declared Elisabetta Strada, coordinator of the Foundation's projects in the areas of central Italy hit by the earthquake. "In starting the works of what is the ninth school building built by the Francesca Rava Foundation for the children of Central Italy affected by the earthquake, and on the day when the tremors were felt again, this time in Tuscany, we demonstrate, together to the donors who have supported us and to the institutions we work with, that we can make a difference and move forward despite the difficulties ".

The director of QN il Resto del Carlino, La Nazione Il Giorno, Michele Brambilla, then took the floor who, recalling his experiences as a reporter during the earthquakes in L'Aquila and Emilia, underlined the role of information in support of local communities especially in difficult situations, ensuring its commitment to keep the attention of its newspaper high so that the reconstruction does not suffer further delays.

Finally, the mayor of Pieve Torina, Alessandro Gentilucci who, in front of a crowd composed mainly of children, spoke of the future, and of a town, Pieve Torina, which has ancient roots evidenced by the recent archaeological excavations that accompanied the start of the works of construction of the civic center.

“The laying of this stone has a fundamental symbolic value" underlined Gentilucci "because it indicates the will of a country to resist and look ahead thanks also to the generosity of those who made all this possible, primarily the Francesca Rava Foundation”

 We thank all the donors that so far contributed to this project, and we prompt your generosity to further support it  Grazie!

 

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