After the earthquake that hit central Italy last August, the Francesca Rava Foundation has been working closely with the Ministry of Education and the Civil Protection for the urgent reconstruction of long-term prefabricated schools. Thanks to the long experience in reconstruction projects in earthquake emergencies, in November, the Foundation delivered a school in Arquata del Tronto. Next goal is to build three schools in Norcia.
The shock on October 30th, 2016 was particularly intense and destructive in Norcia and made all school facilities useless. Specifically: the high and middle schools are unusable. The children attending the elementary school and kindergarten can no longer return to their schools because the buildings will be demolished. At this time 600 students aged 6 to 19 years make the rounds to follow the lessons in a single building.
The Francesca Rava Foundation is planning a final school to welcome 125 children (4 classes + 1 class for infants) in the kindergarten in coordination with the Ministry of Education, the Civil Protection and the Alpini (the Italian Alpine troops). The Foundation is also planning 1 secondary school level for 180 students (9 classes) and 1 primary school for 225 children (7 classes) The Francesca Rava Foundation will donate the schools to the city of Norcia.
The Francesca Rava Foundation has an extended experience at the forefront, taking part in reconstruction projects, during the earthquakes that hit Italy and the world: in Haiti in 2010, in L'Aquila (Italy) in 2009, in Emilia (Italy) in 2012, in Nepal in 2015 and Ecuador in 2016. The Foundation identified in school projects the greatest needs for children and their families, to return a core element in the everyday life of each community.