Monday 22 January 2018
 
PROFOR Stories of female ransom in Brazil

The Strengthening Program of Businesses of Inclusion and Communion in Brazil – PROFOR – has many women as protagonists. Many collaborate with their family in various activities and perceive, for the first time, a decent income. Others have managed to get involved as entrepreneurs, generating income for themselves and sometimes for some employees as well.

Decent work also ensures equal access to work for women and men.

From AMU News I-2018 by Lia Guillen

At the head of the Ex-Cola agricultural project in Rio Grande do Norte is a female entrepreneur who, thanks to the start-up capital and the assistance of Profor, she was able to buy a new truck that helped her in her work. The company was born recently, but is following its schedule, from the cultivation of seedlings, up to the collection and sale of the plants. Currently seven families are involved in the business.

Pizza Jane in Bahia is also run by a woman. In this case, solidarity generated more solidarity: the project consultant in charge of this project offered his work for free and helped the businesswoman to form a network of contacts to support her. This is how the collaboration with a designer is born to develop a logo and to organize a crowd funding campaign. Thanks to all this support, she managed to get out of her vulnerable situation and regain confidence and strength to continue her dream.

Ana Rita is also part of the Profor program, realizing her project “Cuidar de Viver”, a social service of accompaniment for elderly or people with disabilities. At the beginning, when she met Profor, the project was just an idea, and then with the help of the trainers, the project started to develop. And after obtaining the different health authorizations, she could begin.

Finally, there is the beauty salon “Graça e Beleza” in Bahia that has had positive results on the financial plan. It was already considered a sustainable business only after 3 months from receiving the capital. The success of the project not only gave a fixed work and a steady income to the owner, previously unemployed and without immediate job prospects. In addition to this, today the activity employs 3 more people with a fixed income.

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Monday 15 January 2018
 
Peru, a quality school (in every sense)

The latest news from the Andes inform us that the school runs steadily, the recent improvements have been finished and as for today more than 250 children and teenagers of the community of Bolivàr can access to quality education, a better lifestyle and a healthier and more complete diet.

The construction of the Parish Educational Centre is now complete, including the last small improvement or maintenance interventions such as the construction of the external sidewalk, and the paving and covering of a part of the main patio. At this stage, particular attention was paid to the efficiency of the funds use for the construction of the infrastructure. At the end of the works, the final cost was about 2.5 times lower than of similar public facilities in the province.

The third year of the project was characterized by nutritional and educational support to pupils and by teachers’ training. To enable more families to send their children to school, more than 100 “student packs” were delivered with notebooks, pens, colouring crayons, uniforms and educational material, and over 100 meals a day were prepared thanks to the fundamental collaboration of the parents.

Furthermore, the training activity for teachers has developed even more this year. The aim of the project was to give access to quality education for boys and girls coming from the most isolated areas of the Bolívar province.

Assessment tests by the Peruvian Ministry of Education have ranked our school at the top regional schools listing, with a quality of learning about 3 times higher than the national average.

“A school in the Andes” project has brought a quality school, both for the construction of the building and maintenance work, and for the type of teacher training and quality of life of boys and girls attending the school. Today the presence of AMU is no longer necessary and the centre can continue by its own.

All this has been possible thanks to your interest and your support, so we invite you to follow us and to continue contributing to projects supporting education and the growth of young people in difficult conditions.

Sunday 7 January 2018
 
Hope returns in Syria – News from AMU projects

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The situation in Syria has evolved very rapidly in the last six months. The Syrian government has been able to free and reacquire cities, villages and land that was occupied by ISIS or by other armed factions.

Since December 2016, the entire city of Aleppo has returned under the control of the Syrian government. Life is slowly returning to normal. Displacements are long and difficult. Drinking water comes every 3 days and electricity is more regular than before.

The main problems remain the high cost of living, the lack of work on the one hand and the lack of young people and specialized manpower on the other. This is mainly due to migration and the continuous and massive military recruitment. Another phenomenon of great concern is the increase of street children (orphans or abandoned), beggars, displaced people in search of food and basic necessities.

These conditions of life are also found in other large cities such as Damascus and Homs.

In recent years the Church has tried to live its “vocation” – as defined by the Catholic bishop Georges Abou Khazen, Apostolic Vicar of Aleppo – to testify Christ by underlining the need for reconciliation and peaceful coexistence among all the parties, in a country where 23 different ethnic and religious groups live. A work that we are trying to achieve also thanks to the aid from all over the world and that has served to bring together a population divided by war.

From AMU Notizie – 2 – 2017

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