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Coffee Beans

by GRUPPO ALEIMAR ONLUS
Coffee Beans
Coffee Beans
Coffee Beans
Coffee Beans
Coffee Beans
Coffee Beans
Coffee Beans

As you might remember, our volunteer Valentina flew to Ghana in May to discover the “Coffee Beans” project – are you curious about her amazing experience there? Well, let’s hear her story!

“As soon as I landed, I was amazed by the chaotic beauty of its landscapes and its inhabitants, who were trying to sell Simona, Luca and me weird products of any kinds (from WC paper to exotic fruit!). But, the most pervasive emotion came when we dropped off our car: the 23 children at Casa Italia ran towards us, jumping up and hugging up as we have known one another for years!

After resting in a small but well-endowed bedroom, my visit of the Centre began. “Coffee Beans” mission has several small houses having a specific goal per each: an administrative office, a kitchen, volunteers’ and children’s bedrooms, a central hall, Simona and Luca’s house and an upcoming physiotherapy studio. All around this structure there was a big garden the assistant manager Mr Collins took care of to keep the jungle and its risks away from the children.

Who’s living this miraculous reality? There’re Simona and Luca, the volunteer Viola, Mr Collins, two cookers Yvonne and Ester who prepare meals for 40 people every day, 5 “mami” who lovingly look after 23 children, who are the heart of this mission!

Awh, only if you met Nana and JD! Nana is a 9 months lovely baby and JD is a 15 years old young man who see the world in his own special manner. In Casa Italia you can find both children with or without disabilities and those who go or not to school – but each of them is precious and this mission wouldn’t be worthy without them.

It’s impressing how fast they remembered my name and they started calling me “mami”. Even being overactive and never tired, they are very well-educated and respectful… but they go wild as soon as it’s time to play games! They wake up at 4.30 am every day and can’t way to lunchtime where volunteers, as me, help them (especially Ella, OJ and other disable children) eat. You should have seen how happy they got when we all played with a balloon I had brought from Italy, and soap bubbles!

One day we had to cope with an emergency. Koby needed to be brought to the hospital to have his hand operated – what a courageous boy!

What an awesome experience…. So many of little pretty hands asking to be held in our arms. I learnt a lot from Coffee Beans – this trip is a lesson of total integration: a child having cramps gained solace from one without hands, all children take care of one another, they all value the most. Their energy is a proof that integration is possible even when it seems to be a deal breaker”.

Valentina was looking forward to tell her story and what She witnessed in Ghana – all these results couldn’t be possible without you.

Thank you again for your irreplaceable help!

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Today we would like to address to you a very important call: the children of Casa Italia need your help!

Casa Italia needs to pay the school fees for the next semester for 13 children, who otherwise won’t be able to finish the school year. Our volunteer Valentina is visiting Casa Italia at the beginning of May and she will bring there the money. For this reason we need your help to raise 1000 $ as soon as possible!

Coffee Beans is taking part into the Little By Little Campaign, promoted by GlobalGiving. This means that each donation up to 50$ will be increased by 50%, thanks to a GlobalGiving special bonus.

If you donate to Coffee Beans by Tuesday 11 April, your donation is even more worthy!

This is the best occasion to help Casa Italia meet this challenge: to raise 1000$ by the end of April, to guarantee school to these children.

Thanks for the support you have been giving to us. We hope you will continue your generous commitment because together we can achieve many great goals!

Coffee beans!
Coffee beans!

In the occasion of the Christmas holidays we met our local referent Simona who, together with her husband Luca and Bolò, one of the children welcomed in Casa Italia, has returned from Ghana for the holidays. It is always exciting to talk with Simona who, with simple words, manages to convey all the love with which she takes care of her coffee beans. It's been 12 years since Simona and Luca decided to leave for Ghana and dedicate their lives to the many children in difficulty and that, especially if disabled, are abandoned to themselves, without any right and possibility of redemption. The stories that Simona tells us are really touching and sad: almost all the children hosted have been victims of violence, abuse and inhuman acts by their own parents who have caused traumas and physical or mental delays. Knowing the past of these children, we are even more surprised and happy to hear from Simona the progress achieved by these little heroes: thanks to the care and affection of our referent and the entire team of mamam, in the last three months many children have had a marked improvement. It is the example of Rebecca who, arrived at Casa Italia 6 months ago and with a diagnosis of serious brain injury that prevented her from walking and interacting, now she speaks correctly, understands everything and is starting to crawl. Based on his experience, Simona has been able to ascertain that if children "without problems" and children with disabilities can live together, the latter achieve results in less time: it is a question of mirror neurons, that is how we can influence neurons who is next to us. This, combined with constancy, gymnastics and stimulation, can really make the difference.

It is precisely these beautiful goals that every day give strength and hope to Simona who, despite the effort and sacrifice, can not wait to leave again and embrace her children. Simona, in addition to providing a family and a home to 23 children, is also increasingly active in activities to combat the marginalization of disabled children. If you could spread the information that being different does not necessarily mean being nobody or not being able to play or not being able to talk, then there could be hope for all those children who left alone can not find any other way to let themselves die.


The words of Simona are really stimulating and, even from a distance, encourage us to do even more to give a better future to these children; sure we can continue to count on your help, we wish Simona, Luca, the little Bolò and all the coffee beans a year full of smiles and serenity.

Rebecca!
Rebecca!
Rehabilitation session
Rehabilitation session
with Simona, Luca and Bolo
with Simona, Luca and Bolo

There are so many news sent by our local referent Simona!

The government is updating the construction policies and is imposing, in a short time, the adaptation to the standards foreseen by USAid. The work has been difficult and tiring, but Casa Italia was able to finish the interventions already scheduled: all the environments have been put in safety, the rainwater drainage channels have been implemented and the conveyors for the water collected from the gutters have been installed. The external rain gutter was then completed, terraces were leveled and the retaining walls were reinforced with buttresses. Still in compliance with the regulations, the outer wall of the summer hat has been tiled, which will become a canteen area, and slides have been created to allow everyone to access the common areas. Finally, the construction of the new bathroom, which includes three toilets and three showers, is a good point.

But the biggest emotions come from our little coffee beans: the 22 children, currently welcomed, have almost all behind stories of abuse, violence or abandonment and every little progress is an immense joy for us. 

We want to share some great achievements with you: the first is that of the little Rebecca who,arrived at Casa Italia badly malnourished and with brain injuries, has finally pronounced her first words. Ella, a 4-year-old children refused by the family for her malformations, and O.J., a child who was unable to walk and communicate, took their first steps, giving beautiful smiles!

For Kobi, Daniel and Abigail, the first day of school has arrived: it was really nice to see them wearing their uniform and colorful briefcase! In all, thanks to your contribution, Casa Italia managed to send a school 13 children!

The reintegration of four children into an adoptive family has been a great success: in most cases it is impossible to maintain the relationship with the parents and, for this reason, the children are entrusted, after a careful period of supervision, to a new nucleus family able to give love and serenity.

Their place has been replaced by two children and two brothers in dramatic conditions and by a street child, entrusted to us by the juvenile court and whose history is unknown.

We, Simona and the coffee beans send you a special thank you for these great results that, even with your support, we managed to achieve. But there is still much to do to improve the conditions of the children and to adapt the structure: we are ready and confident ... and you?

Abigail
Abigail
Kobi
Kobi

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GRUPPO ALEIMAR ONLUS

Location: Melzo - Italy
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Project Leader:
Francesca Moratti
Melzo, Italy
$296 raised of $8,000 goal
 
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