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
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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On Friday, April 3th, "Specchio dei tempi" contacted 250 small businesses who won the announcement "Un respiro per Torino 2" ("A breathe for Turin 2"), the second edition of an announcement started in March 2020 in support of firms and small companies in the Turin area. The announcement, launched on March 6th, had the goal to support those realities hardly affected during the Covid-19 emergency and with not enough tools to face the crisis.

Initially, the budget Specchio placed was equal to 200,000 Euros; then, it has been growing thanks to the generosity of our donors: Gruppo Lavazza (200.000), N.N. (50.000), Battaglio SpA (10.000), Acqua Sant'Anna (5.000), Borello Supermercati (4.000), 2A SpA (1.000), Associazione Individua (1.000). Other small donors made us reach 500.000 Euros.

Among the 687 requests received, 500 owned the necessary requirements. On Tuesday, April 6th, 250 small businesses, those who looked to be in greater difficulty, received their 2,000 Euros deposits. Some of them are long-running, such as a glass-maker (1970) or a barber (1973), while a significant percentage has been started in the last 5 years. They are coffee shops, bars, restaurants, barbers, cobblers, booksellers, decorators, touristic guides, ski instructors, photographers and electricians.

Such an initiative repeats a similar interventions started exactly one year ago, always in support of the productive sector. So far, we have helped 700 small enterprises, mainly in Piedmont, for a total of 2.5 million Euros distributed since the beginning of the Covid-19 emergency.

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A nurse in Turin hospital during Covid emergency
A nurse in Turin hospital during Covid emergency

Coronavirus changed our lives, since its worlwide spread during 2020, but one thing that never changed is the willingess of Specchio dei tempi Foundation to help. In 12 months, thanks to over 16 thousand donations from 70 countries all around the world, we have been able to donate more than 8 million euros to hospitals, schools, small businesses, families and lonely elderly.

On one side, we purchased and distributed over one million masks, gloves, gowns, caps and visors to doctors, nurses and rescuers in Piedmont, and we donated 150 pieces of equipment to twenty hospitals in the area. On the other side, Specchio dei tempi provided economic support to 3,000 needy families and delivered, with the "Specchio d'Italia" project, more than 17,000 shopping packages to lonely elderly all over the country.

Additionally, Specchio offered 250 schools practical resources to sanitize the environments and bought 1,000 tablets to facilitate distance learning of the poorest pupils. Finally, Specchio distributed 1.6 million euros to sustain small local businesses; a new edition of this project, "Un respiro per Torino", has just been launched, to provide a renovated economic support to more artisans, traders and restaurants in Turin.

The work of our Foundation keeps going on, and you can follow it on our website: thanks to your help, our efforts will still bring a new hope.

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Fondazione La Stampa Specchio dei tempi onlus

Location: Torino, Italia - Italy
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LUCIA GALLO
torino, Italy
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