Jul 8, 2020

Report July 2020 - Cinderellas of Bukavu

This year, the Foyer Ek’Abana welcomed 24 new children who were abandoned by their family or chased out after being accused of witchcraft.

In the same period, 22 children were reintegrated: most of them were welcomed into their family of origin and 4 were welcomed into foster families.

The Center sensitizes families and provides also concrete help. In fact, children going back home received some items they need: a bed, a blanket and clothes, as well as the payment of their school fees.

At the Foyer Ek’Abana, the mission has always been to allow children to develop their talents. They receive three meals a day and perform various activities.

Unfortunately, COVID19 spread also in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The official numbers in the country are close to 8,000 cases (data updated to 07.07.2020) and measures have been immediately taken to limit as much as possible the spread of the virus.

Schools have been closed since March 19th but the Foyer Ek'Abana has never totally closed: some children continue to be welcomed inside. During the day boys learn crafts to become tailors or bricklayers in the future. Girls learn to make beautiful colored bags that they will sell in the future.

In order not to completely stop studying, social workers bring to the neighborhoods radios with which children can follow the lessons that the school broadcasts and go on with their homework!

Thank you for your past support in favor of the girls of Bukavu! Please keep donating to help abandoned children, stay by their side during this new emergency!

Mar 26, 2020

Report March 2020_Back to school_Iraq

Great results, new challenges

 Thanks to COOPI, in 2019, 3949 children were able to back to school and complete their academic year. Our project to set up temporary classrooms in the villages around Mosul has been successful with a total of 12 new classrooms built and appointed, 53 teachers trained, 23 toilets and 5 water tanks installed. We also have provided sports materials

In the Qayyarah Subdistrict, close to the famous city of Mosul, education was heavily affected during the conflict and the ISIS domination. Learning facilities had a huge share of destruction, and most of the students got displaced because of the hostilities. Text books were burnt by ISIS militants. COOPI, working in collaboration with a local NGO and the local Cluster of the Ministry of Education, provided prefab cabins (containers) transformed into classrooms, textbooks and training for teachers and educators, and schools restarted. All students, both males and females, have now a place to study and prepare themselves for life. Some photos was realized in our schools, have a look here below and enjoy what, thanks to your contribution, it was possible to achieve!


A new challenge

Now we have a new challenge and we wish you to be on our side again. We want to set up 5 new schools with 28 toilets, train 156 new teachers and headmasters, distribuite didactic material to 1000 children and offer psychological support and sport activities to 4000 children in 8 schools in the Qayyara sub-district. More than 5000 children will benefit by this project. We really hope you will join our efforts to provide a proper and safe education to these little “warriors” in their struggle for education.

Furthemore, due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak in Iraq, we are implementing new sensitization activities among local communities and our children in order to stop the coronavirus transmission.

Jan 21, 2020

Aiming at social integration of shunned girls

Thanks to the hard work of social workers in the Ek'Abana center and the support from its donors, 22 children were reunited with their families or put into foster care throughout 2019!

It's a remarkable accomplishment since the children we are talking about are girls, some as little as six years old, who were accused of witchcraft and forced out of their homes.

Sadly, in rural Bukavu, when something bad happens in a family, from financial loss to the death of a family member, it's common to put the blame on a little girl - from that moment on shunned as "an evil witch".

The purpose of the center is to offer shelter, psychological support and vocational training to these girls. While there, they are educated in different family activities and they receive training to develop their natural talents, with the ultimate goal of allowing these girls to return to their families and communities.

At the same time, in fact, the social workers of Ek'Abana educate the community to understand the reality behind the superstition of "witches" and sensitize people of goodwill to welcome children in need into their family, to help them grow while waiting for their family to recover.

This activity is called SEDI, which means “Secours à l’Enfant en difficulté” (Help for the Child in Need), and for 2020 our aim is to reunite just as many children with their families and provide them with a social reintegration kit according to their needs (bed, blanket, school taxes, clothes...) to facilitate integration.

Thank you for your past support in favor of the girls of Bukavu! Please keep donating to help more abandoned children!

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