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Help 19 disabled and disadvantaged kids in Ghana

by ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization
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Help 19 disabled and disadvantaged kids in Ghana
Help 19 disabled and disadvantaged kids in Ghana
Help 19 disabled and disadvantaged kids in Ghana
Help 19 disabled and disadvantaged kids in Ghana
Help 19 disabled and disadvantaged kids in Ghana
Help 19 disabled and disadvantaged kids in Ghana
Help 19 disabled and disadvantaged kids in Ghana

Good news from Casa Italia: thanks to generous donations Simona managed to finish the physiotherapy room. If children used to exercise on simple mats and with some small tools, today there is a room with specific machinery and equipment for a proper and complete rehabilitation. Moreover, new prams and walkers have arrived that are really changing the lives of many children. Simona is really proud of her coffee beans that, step by step, reach excellent improvements.
The eyes of the little guests were illuminated when they saw the arrival of colour bicycles: the older children whizzed in the courtyard, the little ones helped with some push laughed enthusiastically by this new experience.
Between a pedalling and some game, there are educational tasks and activities. Simona and her staff are very attentive to the school progress of all children and believe that the placement in the asylum is to be done as soon as possible: the relationship with their peers is indispensable and strongly stimulating for the growth of children. For this little R., after learning to walk, has started his kindergarten adventure and is behaving like a real little man!
As you know, many children come from sad stories of abuse, violence and abandonment and need psychological support, that love and affection of a real family, of serenity. Every occasion becomes therefore important to make him rediscover the smile and the beauty of being together: and what holiday better than Carnival? In February the little coffee beans turned into real superheroes and between magic powers spent a beautiful day in joy!
At this moment when we were shocked by the Corona virus emergency, Simona’s stories make us rediscover hope and positivity, But at the same time we are very concerned about what could happen if this terrible evil came to Ghana and other African countries where health conditions are already very precarious. To date Simona has reassured us about the health conditions of the children; the government has ordered the closure of schools, but the recorded cases seem to be circumscribed.
Thank you so much for your generosity, we hope to give you only good news soon!

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Our local contact Simona sent us some news from Casa Italia in Ghana and from our children who are all doing well and growing fast.

Simona tells us that in October the Coffee Beans center acquired the title of SPECIAL CHILDREN'S RESIDENTIAL HOME and obtained permits from the Government to operate in Ghana. This process required a lot of work and now the project has moved from NGO to Residential Home.

It is a very important result for the future of children and we are proud and grateful to Simona for this milestone which is a great honor but also a giant burden that entails continuous updates and checks to be always adequate and compliant with the rules imposed by Unicef that are now requests in Ghana.

We must bear in mind that in the last few months 20 "orphanages" have closed only in Ghana and the Coffee Beans project was the only one in the area to receive the certification which was welcomed with great relief by all of us.

A lot of work has also been done in recent months to improve the center. First of all, the new physiotherapy has been almost finished, which is now even better equipped for periodic exercises that children, especially those with some disabilities, have to perform regularly.

Even the children's rooms have been refurbished with new beds and wardrobes and also with new flooring that has helped a lot in the rainy season.

In addition to these jobs, it was also necessary to buy a new Nissan 4 × 4 car important for the center's supplies but above all to monitor the children who left the center and were reintroduced into new families who now take care of it.

This activity which is carried out regularly ensures that the children for whom new family solutions have been found and who have therefore left the center continue to feel good. Often the roads are not in the best conditions and an adequate means of transport is very important to carry out this activity.

So many good news that are possible only thanks to the valuable contribution of those who support us in this important project.

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Kwesi
Kwesi

Simona, our contact person from Ghana, is giving us fresh updates about the project Coffee Beans.

The shelter Casa Italia keeps hosting orphans, abused or ill-treated kids, providing them with medical care, food and school support, as well as the affection that all children have the right to receive. We are happy to tell you that all these “beans” are doing great .

The shelter successfully obtained the qualification of SPECIAL CHILDREN’S RESIDENTIAL HOME. This is a great honor, but it also implies important responsibilities. We all look forward to live up to what this qualification means.

Regarding our “beans”, our kids, we would love to share with you the story of Kwesi.

Kwesi reached our shelter when he was about two years old. His father was a violent and abusive man - with both his son and wife. One morning, when Kwesi was home alone with his father, he dared to take a bit of food without asking permission to the father, who took his tiny hand and put it into the boiling pot of food. The man held Kwesi’s hand in the boiling food for so long that his small fingers melted down, until the neighbours , attracted by Kwesi’s yelling, intervened and took him to the hospital. The medical staff tried to do everything possible to save his hand, and Kwesi had to stay long in the hospital, to heal from the temperature and the infections got from the mutilation.

After this horrific incident, the social workers issued a care order and assigned Kwesi to our shelter Coffee beans. Since that day, Kwesi never received a visit from his mother, let alone the father. However, as incredible as it may sound, he never stopped smiling. Kwesi is such a strong and brave kid! He’s always happy and playful with everyone. He’s such a dynamo of energy and is growing up happy and sound. Our main goal with Kwesi is to keep ensuring him love and peacefulness , following him in his school path and hosting him in the centre, until a caring family will be able to take care of the kid.

During his years here at the shelter, we accompanied Kwesi for his several fingers’ surgeries. And guess what? We are finally happy and touched to inform you that they have all been fixed! This is such an amazing achievement for Kwesi, for the whole shelter and for all of you supporting this project!

But the good news are not over yet! Despite the surgery and his absence from school, Kwesi managed to be amongst the best students, not only within his class, but in the whole school!

This is exactly what Coffee Beans is about: turning a kid’s personal story into a wonder of joy and hope.

This achievement couldn’t have been possible without you and your generous help. So thank you. Thank you from the bottom of our heart for your generous commitment.

Together we can achieve many other great goals.

Supporting us, Coffee Beans and Kwesi is very simple: just connect to https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/coffee-beans/ access the DONATE NOW area and make a donation 

Only one donation is allowed for every single person with a maximum amount of 50 dollars, so don't forget to spread the word and involve as many people as possible! 

Kwesi
Kwesi

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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!

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ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization

Location: Melzo - Italy
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Francesca Moratti
Melzo, Italy

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