Thursday 25 August 2016

By Focolare Movement website

The Focolare Movement expresses its closeness to the populations that were affected by the earthquake in central Italy and offers coordinated assistance.

Messages have been pouring in at the website following the earthquake near Amatrice and Norcia, between the provinces of Rieti and Ascoli Piceno in central Italy. Some tell about extracting a grandfather from the rubble safe and sound; others about rushing a cousin to hospital where they are still waiting. Some express their deep distress over what has happened, while others are trying to help or at least be close to friends and acquaintances who have suffered damage and casualties.” So writes the editor of Città Nuova, the Focolare’s press office in Italy, about the strong 6.0 magnitude earthquake that occurred between the villages of Norcia and Amatrice.

The Focolare Movement worldwide expresses its closeness to the populations that were hit by the earthquake in central Italy and offers prayers for the victims, their families and everyone who has suffered material or moral harm. Some Focolare members are all ready at the scene working together with many other volunteers in the arduous task of rescuing people from the ruins and trying to comfort those who have lost loved ones.

Coordinated assistance has begun and contributions can be made to the following accounts:

CAUSE: Emergency Earthquake Italy

Azione per un Mondo Unito ONLUS (AMU) Azione per Famiglie Nuove ONLUS (AFN)
IBAN: IT16 G050 1803 2000 0000 0120 434
at Banca Popolare Etica
IBAN: IT55 K033 5901 6001 0000 0001 060
at Banca Prossima

Contributions made to either of these accounts for the earthquake emergency cause will be jointly administrated by the Focolare’s United World Project (AMU) and New Families Association (AFN).

There are tax benefits attached to such contributions in many countries of the European Union and in other countries.

Tuesday 19 July 2016

The latest news from the project of Kiribati recounts of a growing project and an active and proactive community.

The AMU project in the Republic of Kiribati, in progress for several years, is aimed at the population of Buota, one of the poorest villages on the island of Tarawa. The purpose of the project is to improve the living conditions of the community, through initiatives aimed primarily at women and children.

A recent report on the activities carried out last year, states that 61 children have attended pre-school (35 were those originally planned), including 37 boys and 24 girls, both Catholic and from other denominations and religious faiths.

Fifteen children have ended the school year with an official document, endorsed by the Ministry of Education, which certifies the level of knowledge and skills acquired and has qualified them to start primary school.

«As indicated in previous reports, the local representatives write to us, the nursery school is an activity that definitely helps to strengthen the cooperation between the members of the community. The mothers of the students, for example, often work in teams to provide the necessary support. (more…)

Friday 15 July 2016

We are studying the possibility of a health project in Peru, in the province of Bolívar, that can reach even the most isolated communities. Meanwhile, every year volunteer doctors take turns to carry local health campaigns. One precaution though: it is always better to set off with a good deal of spirit of adventure in one’s luggage!

«Sundia is a town in the district of Bolívar, in the region of La Libertad, located on the slopes of a mountain that is projected to form the Andes mountain range, with peaks over 4,000 metres of height.

We are doctors of the group “Surviving”, the coordinator Miguel Angel Muños Malca explains to us, and every year we participate in a Health Campaign organized by the parish of Bolívar. This year we started from the city of Chiclayo and Trujillo, we travelled 6 hours to get to Cajamarca, then 8 hours to reach Bolívar and finally 2 hours on a mountain road, and another 4 hours on mule back, to finally get to Sundia!

The road is really rough but the inhabitants do not seem to care that much. I do not know what can the adventure lovers feel about it, however, to the impervious nature, with deep precipices on the side at each step you add the cold of the cordillera (more…)