May 21, 2019

Haiti Report #1

"We want to share the story of a young mother, Bertina, who one afternoon came to our NPH St. Damien Pediatric Hospital with her infant daughter Sabina. Fr Rick found her standing in the hallway holding her small child. He immediately sensed that something was wrong. While seemigly asleep, the child was, to his eye, lifeless. Sabina was dead, and this poor mother could not accept she had not arrived in time to get assistance. For two hours she kept rocking her child refusing to give her to the nurses and return to her other children waiting for her at home. With great wailing she finally accepted that death had taken her little girl, and gave Sabina's body to Fr Rick.

This is an extract from Father Rick Frechette's letter to family and friends:

This is the kind of thing that happens when roads are blocked with violence, when hatred rules the streets, when mothers are afraid to risk the roads with their sick children.

We have had a few calmer days with minimal riots, and Bertina finally could come to the hospital with Sabina, today.

When the nurses asked her why she didn't come early in the morning, she said that morning was her only chance in the past two weeks to refill her buckets, barrels and jars with water. She could not miss the chance. She needed water for the children, for drinking and cooking, to wash and clean and bathe. She planned to bring Sabina to the hospital after she could assure water for her family.

This is the kind of thing that happens when you live in absolute poverty, when in the hierarchy of needs, all basic and essential, the needs must compete with each other, since you can only choose one at a time.

It is important for all of us to see clearly the rotten fruit of poverty, and violence. 

Its not just about the smashed storefronts, or the burning cars. 

Silently and tragically, at the level of a mother and her child, the consequences are deadly."

Thank you for your help in giving Fr Rick and his team the possiblity reach to mothers and children in need in the streets of Port au Prince.

May 20, 2019

Educational activities and support to schools

Presentation of AICRON in Reggio Emilia
Presentation of AICRON in Reggio Emilia

The first school year in the schools built by the Rava Foundation in Arquata del Tronto, Norcia, Cascia, Eggi and Pieve Torina, has been exciting for all the students, from kindergarden to middle school.

We are flanking the families and teachers by organizing and partecipating in several educational workshops for the classes. In Pieve Torina we sponsored the construction of a vegetable garden. The children from 3 years of age this spring seeded the seeds, and are following the growth of their little plants.

In April we delivered tech blackboards for the classrooms of the Middle School  in Cascia and a science lab is in the making.

For high school students, we are collaborating with Italian Universities. Up to now we have given 6 grants for three year college courses in Milano to students from the area.

We also believe that it is important to disseminate the experience of the children that lived through the eartquake among their peers. We have developed a program of presentations of the book AICRON and workshops in primary schools across Italy.

AICRON stands for Norcia and is a book created and proposed by the Rava Foundation to raise public awareness of the situation of children after the earthquake in Central Italy and show the projects completed by the Foundation in the earthquake-stricken countries. It's composed of the materials of the art laboratories led in the primary school of Norcia  and merges with the creative work of famous authors. The book intends to be a testimony of the Foundation's commitment to children, especially in the reconstruction of their schools, but not only this: it is also a book of stories to read to other children like them, to symbolically unite them in this work of reconstruction.

The concept of the worshops we are leading in the schools is to create a new village, where every child creates his or her own building. Everyone decides at the beginning which building to create, using his imagination and the proposed materials and following the indications provided. The new village is then hung in the classroom.

GRAZIE DI CUORE for your attention and help!

Presentation of the book in Norcia
Presentation of the book in Norcia
University grants for students
University grants for students
Seeding the seeds
Seeding the seeds
Apr 9, 2019

Rebuilding update #5

Children in the dining room
Children in the dining room

A number of major interventions has been made at Casa San Salvador in Miacatlàn in the past months.

We are happy to announce the kitchen building is back to being used, our children are again eating their meals in their dining room! Soon we will begin the rehabilitation works of the kitchen.

In two dorm homes the rooms are being refurbished and subdevided to house smaller groups of children. The foundations have been build for new homes.

The blacksmiths are manufacturing new bedroom closets and mounting windows and doors.

The Southern and Western perimetral wall of the property was 100% completed by the contractor. It's an important endeavor for the security of the NPH coummunity.  

The hydraulic network was refurbished. The old network was dismantled, the new one is now connected to the water tank and fully operating. Demolished areas were repaired. Water pressure was tested to satisfactory levels.

In the tractor storage area the damaged wall was demolished and is currently being rebuilt.

Tahnk you for your support. Stay tuned for the next update!

Building new homes
Building new homes
Perimetral wall
Perimetral wall
New windows
New windows
 
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