Aug 23, 2018

The end-of-school party!

shared lunch
shared lunch

Another year of school ended, the girls and boys helped by the Ek Abana center received everything they needed to study in good condition and get ready for the end-of-year exams. So it came the well-deserved break from books and the end-of-year party.

This was also a fundamental moment for those who, like our little girls, must forget bad episodes of their lives, experience moments of lightheartedness and learn to open up to others, have new friends and trust again people. Some relatives also took part in the party, and this was an important sign. Natalina's work is patient and revolutionary, every day she opens the dialogue with new families in the neighborhood. Facilitates cases of reintegration, breaking down superstitions and sensitizing on the importance of education.

The strength of sister Natalina are all the people who support her, and that allow her and COOPI staff to continue with consistency alongside the children in need.

What happened during the party?

Music and games could not be missing. The dances were many, inside the hall and outside in the courtyard, while some children played bongos and other instruments. And then others performed in acrobatic games like walking on stilts. The party ended with a shared lunch. The activities go on and soon the schools will reopen: continue to support us to ensure the assistance and protection of Ek Abana center every day in Bukavu.

walking on stilts
walking on stilts
girls dancing
girls dancing
Jun 25, 2018

Great results, new challenges

Great results, new challenges

 

Thanks to COOPI, more than 1.200 children were able to be back at school and complete their academic year.

Our project to set up temporary classrooms in Aolo Azim and in the villages around Mosul has been successful with a total of 32 containers transformed into classrooms (4 different schools for 8 blocks each).

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 branch 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.

A great video was prepared by using drones to show you exactly how one of our school looks like. Have a look to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcMSJTrGiH0&t=11s 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 were on our side again.

We want to set up 3 new schools in 3 other villages in the Qayyara sub-district, and provide textbooks, didactic material and training for teachers. More than 3.700 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.


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May 10, 2018

Ek'Abana's doors, open for mai-mihogo children too

Two kids next to lake Kivu
Two kids next to lake Kivu

In Bukavu, the little Cinderellas are not the only ones that each morning set off to school from Ek’Abana and participate in the activities of the center: 50 mai-mihogo children also receive daily support. These are children and teenagers that Sr. Natalina used to see passing by, descending every day from the hills towards Lake Kivu, carrying a 5-liter plastic jug with drinking water. These boys and girls are known as mai-mihogo because in the market, next to the merchants' pagodas, they offer a glass of water in exchange for a manioc, which is called “mihogo” in Swahili.

Mai-mihogo children come from contexts of extreme poverty, and carrying out this activity to obtain a small source of livelihood makes it impossible for them to go to school. In Ek’Abana the smaller children are given support to guarantee their access to education: their scholastic fees are payed and they are accompanied to school together with the girls from the center.

 As for the older kids, they are supported in initiating income-generating activities. The children are given hens or guinea pigs, they receive training and support to breed them and are followed up by a veterinarian. The assignment of an animal, besides guaranteeing subsistence and the possibility of having economic income, generates a virtuous circle of responsibility for the child. All of these kids are also involved in the activities of the center, which has a very positive effect on their physical and emotional well-being.

 In COOPI we want to keep the doors of Ek'Abana always open for all the children in need. We are now in the middle of the road, and we would like to invite you to continue donating to this project, so that we can accompany all of these children on their way towards achieving their dreams. Thanks for your support!

Recreational activities at the center
Recreational activities at the center
Distribution of hens
Distribution of hens
Greetings from the kids
Greetings from the kids
 
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