Thursday 9 June 2016

The report on the activities of 2015, which was presented at the recent annual meeting of AMU, illustrates the main projects and activities. Let’s start with the development projects: cooperation initiatives that have a particularly significant social impact on the territory.

During 2015 AMU has been engaged in 10 multi-year projects: 4 projects in sub-Saharan Africa, 4 in Latin America, 1 in the Middle East and 1 in Italy.” (From the report of the President)

Specifically :

In Africa:
–          The “Fraternity with Africa” project, started in 2006 and is still ongoing, it aims to give young sub-Saharan Africans a proper academic and professional training, through the provision of scholarships. In 2015 were granted 15 new grants.
–          In May 2015 ended the project “New wiring” in Man, Ivory Coast, previously started in 2011. The electrical system of the “Mariapolis Victoria” (a Focolare little town) has been redone to improve the performance of the local medical clinic and to have adequate access to the Internet, also needed for training activities.
–          In July 2015 started the project Micro-credit and strengthening of the rural cooperative system in Ruyigi“, Burundi, continuing actions previously implemented by the Burundian CASOBU on the territory.
–          In the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Goma (North Kivu) the preliminary stages of the project “Kivu Solidaire” started, aiming to contribute to the promotion of a culture of solidarity and peaceful coexistence among the peoples of the countries of the Great Lakes.

In Latin America:
–          The project “Education and work in Cochabamba” ended in Bolivia in 2015 with 450 direct beneficiaries and 1,500 indirect beneficiaries.
–          The project “Strengthening of the productive activities with the spirit of communion” in the settlement Zumbi dos Palmares (Branquinha, Brazil) reached its conclusion as well. About 250 people from the community have benefited from this project.
–          In Peru it is still under way the project “A school in the Andes“, to facilitate the access to education of children and young people of Bolívar. On 15th March 2015, the new school was inaugurated.
–          In Argentina started the project “Sustainable and Inclusive tourism“, in the North West of the country, in an area of high social vulnerability, aiming to activate or revive small tourism, craft and agricultural activities.

In the Middle East:
–          As a continuation of previous interventions in the Shubra district of Cairo, Egypt, in 2015 we have worked for the start-up of the new “Chance for Tomorrow” project formally started on 1st January 2016, with the aim of strengthening Egyptian civil society so as to encourage especially the leadership of women, girls and boys, and their active participation in public life.

In Europe:
–          At the beginning of 2016 also the project Making system beyond hospitality” started in Italy, to promote the socio-professional integration of young Italian and foreign people in difficulty, aged between 16 and 18 years.

In this quick overview it was impossible to mention the number of partners and co-sponsors of the individual activities, nor the local counterparts. You may find all the additional information in each individual project sheets.

In the next article we will continue summing up AMU’s 2015 interventions by talking about the micro-actions that have been carried out: specific actions that contribute to solve specific problems of families, groups and communities in a significant way.

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