Thursday 23 June 2016

The Centre “Angle of Light” (in Spanish Rincón de Luz) located in Cochabamba Area 5, known for the high rates of poverty and crime, is almost an oasis in the desert. Here, from 2012, AMU has implemented the project “Education and work“.

Judging by the results achieved it is a real oasis, and not just an illusion. Francesco Marini of our AMU project area office, has anticipated for us some news, directly from Cochabamba, where he went for the final evaluation of the project.

«Thanks to this project, in partnership with the UNISOL Foundation and the AFN Association, the Centre is now a concrete reality that is a reference point for families of one of the city’s poorest neighbourhoods. It greets every day 60 children and young people providing them a meal, school integration services and various training activities

As always, the best result is the change that occurs in people’s lives and, consequently, in the life of the community… (more…)

Friday 17 June 2016

It’s been about two months since a disastrous earthquake hit Ecuador.

The emergency coordination of the Focolare Movement immediately launched a fundraising campaign, in order to meet the demands placed on the basic necessities, and has set up a working group coordinated by AMU and AFNonlus.

The solidarity of the people from all over the world, has been quick to respond and we are now able to send the first funds for food, health and psychological assistance to the Ecuadorian population. The aid will flow primarily to support families in the provinces of Manabi and Esmeraldas, mostly affected by the earthquake.

The support activities in this first phase will last six months (June to November) and during this period, in partnership with the local NGO FEPP (Fondo Ecuatoriano Populorum Progressio), we will study the possibility of reconstruction of damaged infrastructure and the continuation of local production activities.

The study of the coming of reconstruction works and rehabilitation will take place in collaboration with the international network of architecture “Arquitecturalimite”, specialized in design services in a socio-economic exclusion context.
From the coming 9th to 13th November, simultaneously with a peace school for young people, a series of architectural workshop will take place in Quito concerning its possible interventions of the post-earthquake reconstruction.

Tuesday 14 June 2016

After the devastation caused by the typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, a scholarship program was created to strengthen, in the medium and long term, the capacity of families to cope with economic difficulties.

In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical cyclones in recent history, has hit Micronesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and southern China. In the Philippines occurred the most severe damage: 7,000 people killed and more than one million homes damaged or destroyed.

With the donations received from all over the world, even AMU could help to address some immediate needs, thanks to the local presence of the Focolare Movement.

At the same time, we tried to identify projects that could make the population less vulnerable to natural disasters, so frequent in this area of the world.

After a field trip in the Philippines, our attention focused on the island of Leyte, namely the city of Tacloban, one of the areas mostly affected by the typhoon. We decided to support the proposal from the Leyte Normal University to facilitate the access to education of young underprivileged people: the sons and daughters of farmers, sellers or unskilled workers. With access to quality education, these young people will have a positive impact on the economy of their families. (more…)