Jun 26, 2019

A day in the life of a Bukavu child

name and ph. are fictitious to protect her privacy
name and ph. are fictitious to protect her privacy

As you already know Natalina of the Ek Abana center, as well as welcoming the girls who are victims of abandonment, she tries to help, thanks to the funds she receives, even the most distressed children in the nighborood. Life for the children of Bukavu hasn’t always been easy, but now thanks to your support they are overcoming their painful past and enjoying being kids! Are you wondering how these children’s lives look like?

Let’s ask Arlete!

Hi Arlete, can you introduce yourself?
"Hi! My name is Arlete, I’m 12 and this year I’m attending the fourth year of elementary school."

Do you enjoy school?
"I love going to school because every day I can learn something new and I know that If I work hard I can find a good job and help my family. When I grow up I’d like to be a teacher. My favourite subject is French, so maybe I can be a French teacher! "

How does your day look like?
"In the morning I go to school, sometimes I also stay there in the afternoon because there are additional classes for children who want to improve their academic performance. Then I go home and help doing the housework, because I have a lot of siblings, so my parents need some help from each one of us. Usually I wash dishes and go fetch water."

What do you like to do in your free time?
"I like playing with my friends both from home and school, my favourite games are skipping rope and hide and seek.  The thing I like the most is singing and I am a member of the Church choir, which is called "Kizito et Annaurité”. The Church also has a dance group, so going to Church is always fun. "

Is there something you want to say to Ek Abana sponsors?
"Just thank you! Going to school has changed my life, I learned many things and met new friends, I feel safe there and whenever me or my family are going through some tough time we are never alone. "

May 8, 2019

News from my visit in Mosul Region

Marco visiting one of the schools in Mosul Region
Marco visiting one of the schools in Mosul Region

Hi, I am Marco and I am responsible for COOPI projects in the Middle East.

Recently I was in the Mosul Region where we want to build 3 more schools for children who are victims of the Iraq war.

But I want to tell you better about our schools and my visit.Younger children attend mixed classes, while the older ones are divided into male and female classes. All our students are helped and followed psychologically and participate in the recreational activities organized by COOPI.

Schools are equipped with bathrooms (and this helps a lot girls who have special needs and not always in their homes have a real bathroom) and heating.The lessons are divided into morning and afternoon shifts in order to give the opportunity to study to all the children of the area. All new schools are located about 25 km from Mosul. Before these schools the children had to pay public transport to reach the nearest one and for this reason many gave up because they could not afford it. Now, thanks to you, they have an alternative next home and in the coming months many other students will be able to return to school. Thanks for being by our side.

Mar 25, 2019

A special course of arts and crafts

Do you know that besides school, we encourage our girls to try other activities to develop more skills?   

School is a priority for them, and after handing out the new uniforms the girls feel all set to go to class and do their best to achieve new goals. Sometimes it’s tough to think about the future, that’s why they understand the importance of their education and work hard to get the highest marks.

However, for the young women welcomed in the Centre, we try to let them develop other skills that could be useful: some of them decided to organise a special course of arts and crafts, willing to realise some special bags only made with intertwined ribbons which were then sold in the market. Needless to say, it was a success!

We give our greatest thanks to you and we invite you to spread the word to continue helping our girls!

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