COVID-19  Italy Project #45676

Coronavirus Emergency in Italy

by Fondazione La Stampa Specchio dei tempi onlus
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy
Coronavirus Emergency in Italy

One million pieces of personal protective equipment donated to doctors, nurses and rescuers. Over 130 instruments and pieces of machinery purchased in record time for the main Piedmontese hospitals. A bus designed to make swabs and a hired plane to bring Cuban doctors to Turin in the middle of the lockdown. We have always supported the health system but nothing had ever engaged us like the Coronavirus Emergency: for the first time in our history we have not limited ourselves to repairing the damage of a tragedy, but we have found ourselves at the centre of the battle, against an enemy that has often seemed invincible to us.

... but not only that!

The fight against cancer, proximity to sick children and people with disabilities have always been a top priority. So our work is constant, made up of large construction sites but above all of a lot of daily prevention. There is the cardio protection programme, with cardiological screenings for young people and over 300 defibrillators that watch over the city. Then that of Pet Therapy, with which we support the elderly, children with disabilities and cancer patients. Finally, that of first aid lessons for parents and grandparents. A lesson may be enough to save a life: like that of Chiara, five and a half years old, rescued by her grandmother.

All this thanks to you! Continue to support our solidarity projects.

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Turin, Via Nizza 24, 7.30 am. There is an open door in the middle of a long yellow building. Someone enters immediately, while others begin to approach, almost all from the centre.

At the entrance to Casa Santa Luisa stands Sister Cristina, wearing a zip-up sweatshirt pulled up to her neck and a grey mitten on her right hand. She greets people, invites them in, knows everyone and welcomes them with a smile, “every morning we serve breakfast to the poor, it is a project that began with the arrival of the Sisters here in 1800, and was then structured with many volunteers from the 1970s onwards”, she explains.

An initiative that Specchio dei tempi and the readers of La Stampa have been financing for over ten years and more supported after the Covid emergency. Thanks to the foundation’s funds, it has been possible to build emergency housing units, a courtyard roof, new toilets, and ensure the necessary food supplies every day. Recently, the foundation donated a van for the transport of foodstuffs and for the needs of the homeless in the area.

In fact, Casa Santa Luisa is not just a canteen, “we have showers, clothes, a clinic, we start with breakfast, but to start a recovery project, we want to make people who are a bit lost understand that they are worthwhile and we are here to help them. We accompany them on a path towards autonomy and we try to create spaces for socialising, we want them not to feel alone, abandoned”, explains Sr Cristina, then a young man interrupts her, he is 30 years old, from Bangladesh, he has just entered and asks her about his guitar, “It’s here”, replies Sr Cristina pointing to the cage, “I have tuned it for you”.

The structure of the refectory in Via Nizza reflects the intentions of the project. Coloured benches are scattered around the large, airy courtyard. The kitchen feels like home. The shiny white tiles, the enormous tin teapot placed in the middle of the table, and Donata, who, wearing a green embroidered apron, hands out the coffee and says: “I have my own method for making it taste good. I’m eighty years old and I’ve been volunteering here for 21 years, it makes me happy“.

The breakfast counter is rich and varied. “We too, at times, had to give ready-made bags, but as soon as it was possible we went back to letting everyone choose what they prefer. After all, when you go to the bar, they don’t decide for you what to eat,” explains Sr Cristina. Further along the corridor there is a small room with a bookcase and some chairs, then a small lounge where the volunteers prepare for the service, then the shower room, and at the end the surgeryMore than 40,000 breakfasts are served in St. Louise House every year, and in the pre-Covid period there were more than 50,000.

The faces of the refectory guests are all different, of all ages, nations, religions, and each one carries a story that is difficult in its own way. “There is the elderly man who has had arguments with his family and finds himself alone, foreign children sent to Italy because they were inconvenient and created problems, those who are mentally challenged and need to be cared for, even graduates who have lost their jobs, families and homes. Everyone must see themselves as valuable human beings“. There is real and continuous listening between the courtyard and the counter, a strong feeling of community that leads to imagining new goals.

“For now we are serving breakfast, but there is an idea to do activities in the afternoon. It’s a project we already had in mind and now that the pandemic has slowed down we are beginning to talk about it again, also with Specchio dei tempi,” concludes Sr Cristina. Steps are being taken to enlarge Casa Santa Luisa and make it even more welcoming, even if the dream of the Vincentian Sisters remains the same: to one day open the door of Via Nizza 24 and find no one there.

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Ilda, one of our supported grandparents
Ilda, one of our supported grandparents

Dear all,

While 2021 is coming to an end, there is a special message we want to give you: small acts of kindness and love, especially if repeated over time, can make the difference.
We are saying that because any new monthly donation started before December 17 will be matched at 200% by GlobalGiving after four (4) total payments – that means, if you start today, in March your offer will be tripled!

And our frail grandparents need your help. Our program to help poor, abandoned grandparents reaches its peak now at Christmas, but the aid will be continuous all 2022 long.

Thank you for all your help, since this project started. We wish you Happy Holidays and the best for the incoming New Year with our warmest gratitude and a quotation that drives our everyday job:

Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love
( ~Gandalf (J.R.R. Tolkien ~ The Hobbit)

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Covid has made so many people feel lonely and abandoned

Franco lives in a dormitory at 76 and dreams of an apartment; Luigina cannot walk and is stuck in the house in an eternal lockdown. Antonio shows us the unpaid bills and explains why he can’t manage: the pension is too low, the expenses too high. Nobody can give him a hand. And Covid has made their solitude grow.

They are frail elderly, even more at risk with the health emergency. They have got sick and forgotten. This is why we want to embrace them in the only possible way: with practical help and economic support. Indeed 2,000 senior citizens involved in the project will receive a cheque for 500 Euros by Christimas, to pay for bills, heating and rent.

Let's embrace our grandparents and make them spend a less lonely, merrier Christmas.

Thank you!

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Luigina - Come on grandparents!
Luigina - Come on grandparents!

Luigina, Andrei and Francesca start over after the pandemicwe don’t leave anyone behind.

Reconstruction after Covid doesn’t involve just the economy and our everyday life, but also to take care of those who suffer and are exposed to poverty: frail elderlychildren at risk of exclusion and lonely mothers.

Luigina is included in “Forza Nonni” (Come on Grandparents!), where frail elderly received free grocery shops, the support of a housekeeper, emotional and psychological help to fight loneliness feelings, thank to our volunteers and a therapist.

Andrei is in “Forza Bimbi” (Come on Kids!), which fights early school leaving and promotes social inclusion by offering tutoring and after-school programs. Alongside the educational component, the project organizes pet therapy activities for patients suffering from rare, chronic and crippling conditions.

Francesca is supported by “Forza Mamme” (Come on Moms!): 100 lone-parent households are led towards independence and personal and domestic well-being, by the support of food stamps, familiar problems counselling services, computer class, professional training and employment services.

Luigina, Andrei and Francesca stories represent a few examples: from the Breakfast for the Poor to the interventions in case of natural disasters, Specchio dei tempi is at the side of everyone who suffers and needs help. Meanwhile, we keep sustaining hospitals, by providing necessary equipment to fight Covid-19, and schools, for those students who are in long-distance learning.

Our appeal is for all of them: let’s not leave anyone behind.

Thank you.

Andrei (and Noah) - Come on Kids!
Andrei (and Noah) - Come on Kids!
Francesca - Come on Moms!
Francesca - Come on Moms!
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Fondazione La Stampa Specchio dei tempi onlus

Location: Torino, Italia - Italy
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LUCIA GALLO
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