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.
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.
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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!
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!
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.
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