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Friday 20 January 2017
 
Central Italy: fear returns and solidarity revives


Testimonials “from the front”, those engaged in the RiMPRESA project with us for the people of central Italy hit by the earthquake.

«The new earthquakes did not bring actual damages but have revived in the population that anxiety and fear which were starting to diminish, almost three months since the last big tremors.  And the unforeseen amount of snow made everything more complex, even the simple instinctive act of leaving the houses to get into the open. In short, “the great fear” is back and the most vulnerable are the young and the elderly.

As a community we are in the front line, together and in agreement with many other associations and volunteers, helping the people of the territory of Arquata (about 1,500) who in some way had to move temporarily into housing in the main town or in the accommodation facilities on the coast.

In particular, we try to stay close in various ways (regular visits, animation and entertainment, but above all closeness, listening and proximity…) to a hundred people staying in a hotel in Porto d’Ascoli, which we are taking charge of.Then a solidarity shop called “Passamano” (From hand to hand) has been recently set up, on initiative of Caritas and the Diocesan Movement, at the church of S. Croce (see photo). The shop is opened three afternoons a week, and has been operational since 6th January, and will be at least until the end of March at the exclusive service of the earthquake victims of Arquata. Around 1,500 articles of clothing have already been distributed to a hundred families. These are new garments that some companies had donated for the earthquake victims of 24th August. The strong demand, also due to bad weather, is quickly diminishing the stocks, especially boots, coats and anoraks, so we are sending help requests to the industrial and commercial clothing enterprises.

If there are companies willing to donate we can send an official request listing in detail the needs and arrangements.

Like B&F Foundation (one of the RiMPRESA project promoters, editor’s note), we are in relationship with several small producers and farmers of the area, which we aim to support with both direct financial aid (there would be so many stories to tell), by buying their products, and trying to understand the actual needs of each. In this regard, now we can do what at first was impossible: to put together the offers that come from our supporters (from various parts of Italy) with the needs of the people. For example, just yesterday, we were able to find an off road vehicle for a small farmer since his remained under the debris; a company in Lugo, Ravenna willing to donate a used one but in good conditions. The jeep will come soon.

That’s it for now, greetings to all and let’s keep in touch.»

Pino Felicetti

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