Dec 11, 2019

Promoting Girls' Education

Schoolgirls during recess
Schoolgirls during recess

Earlier this year, Shaima, a bright 12-years-old girl, started to attend sixth-grade classes at the COOPI school in Sirit. 

She recalls with joy the day she knew she was going back to school: "When I saw the crane transporting the classrooms of the new school I was so happy, we would finally have a school nearby!".

For two years, Shaima couldn't go to school. At first, she had to flee Mosul with her parents and brothers and relocate to Sirit. Once there, she should have attended the school in Lazzagah, "but my parents didn't have the money for the bus pass, and going on foot was too dangerous, and the road was very long."

Last year, though, everything changed for Shaima and other school-age girls like her: thanks to our donors, we could bring a container school in Sirit, train an additional ten teachers and set up classes to give both boys and girls living nearby an education.

Education is the key to empowerment: only by going to school can children become conscious grown-ups and have a real chance to improve their living conditions. This is especially true for girls like Shaima: without an education, the risk they face to marry very young or being enslaved is much higher.

"I really like my school: it's new, and the other little girls and I were able to draw and paint on the walls of the classrooms." Shaima is very artistic: "I like drawing and coloring, I hope that in the future my family will allow me to attend a technical institute or a college to learn how to draw better and find a job."

If Shaima can study and foster her talent in a safe place is also because of your support. Thank you for donating in the past, and please keep promoting children's rights to study and dream of a better future!

After school activities
After school activities
A painted wall
A painted wall
Students' drawings
Students' drawings
Oct 21, 2019

The Mai-Mihogo of Bukavu

Foyer Ek’Abana Centre continues to be a reference point for street children in Bukavu.

Street children come from very poor families, they don’t go to school and spend their days at the markets or near shops, where they sale a glass of water in return for something to eat, generally a manioc. For this reason they are called “mai-mihogo”, water-manioc in Swahili language.

In our Centre these children can go to school and receive protection, hospitality, food and care.

“The situation of street children is very difficult, every day I see kids going to Kivu Lake with big 5-litre plastic jugs and I do everything I can to help them”, says Sister Natalina, founder of the Centre.

For this reason, the work of Foyer Ek’Abana Centre is essential to create a real change in society. It provides learning opportunities for poor children and fosters education and awareness-raising activities for them and for their families.

In particular, during last year, a huge number of activities have been organised to spread the values of peace, citizenship and social harmony. In July, during the end of school year party, students conveyed their messages of peace through poetry, music, dance and little shows.

Thank you for your support!  Please, donate to help other street children in Bukavu!

Aug 30, 2019

A new school year is about to begin in Iraq

Children at school
Children at school

In Iraq now it is holiday time for the children who attend the COOPI schools, made with containers because the war destroyed the buildings.

In particular, during this year more than 3.500 kids attended the school, despite the still critical situation in the Country.

Three new schools were made by COOPI and 50 teacher were trained to give the children a psychological support. Children also received new school bags, books and a full school kit. They were very happy about that, and this was possibile also thank to your support!

Our schools are representing for them the only opportunity to receive an education : it is fundamental for their future and for the whole community!

That is our project in Iraq cannot stop: in these days in Mosul zone, our humanitarian operators are working hard to give the children the opportunity to come back to school in September.

We strongly believe that, as Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.

Thank you for your support!  Please, donate to help other children in Iraq to get an education!

Game moments
Game moments
Backpacks distribution
Backpacks distribution
Recreation time
Recreation time
Full school kit
Full school kit
 
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