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A project for Iraqi refugees in Jordan

Jordan, with its 6 million inhabitants, today hosts 2.7 million refugees. The Iraqi refugees are only (so to speak!) 60 000, while the Syrians are regularly recorded ten times as much.

An impressive reality because it documents – writes the General Director of Caritas Jordan to Agenzia Fides – “that the richest and most advanced nations are home to a limited number of refugees, despite in these countries there are forces who earn power precisely by fomenting the refusal to immigrants.”

“Jordan is open to all – continues Wael Suleiman, Director of Caritas, we are aware that we play an important humanitarian mission, and we want to continue.” However, the situation is “explosive” and “many Jordanians are now poorer than many immigrants.”

AMU has decided to work together with Caritas to help alleviate this emergency, with a project that is for the benefit of Iraqi refugees who, unlike refugees from Syria, are less protected and are not allowed to enter into regular work contracts. The project, which is also addressed to Jordanian citizens in need, consists in a series of training activities to give the opportunity to approximately 200 people to find a job or start their own. We also are setting up several micro-projects where the beneficiaries can practice during the training period and, if the activity consolidates, they will find a secure job.

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“I used to live without knowing where I was going, until a scholarship allowed me to realize my dream.” Thus writes Marc, a young African, thanking all those who contributed to the Fraternity with Africa project. Gladly we share with all his experience.

«Thinking about my previous situation, this scholarship was a sign of hope for a better tomorrow. I come from a family of four children (three boys and one girl). I am the eldest. We soon lost both parents, who were farmers. We were taken in charge by our uncle, who was also a farmer, father of seven children. Life in this family has not been easy, but for the grace of God we overcame the obstacles. But then my uncle could not finance my studies and I had to stop my Health Sciences lessons at the University, and started to do small jobs to survive…

In this atmosphere in which I did not know exactly where I was going, I had the chance to benefit from a scholarship of the Fraternity with Africa project. It will enable me to realize my dream of becoming a healthcare provider, because I now study nursing!
I just finished the first year, which went well, because the scholarship has enabled me to devote myself entirely to my training. (more…)


First results of the pilot project “Let’s house together”, aimed at families of migrants seeking asylum.

Shayeste and Mohammed, Nansy and Said – with their children Mercurius and Olivia – live respectively in Marino and Castel Gandolfo, in the province of Rome. What is different compared with other young families? Nothing apparently, but everything if you know their stories. Forced to leave their country, they have applied for asylum in Italy. After several months in various reception centres, now they live in two apartments and are trying gradually to fit into the local environment. But this is not the common story of asylum seekers, but rather an exception. Normally families like these spend a lot more time in reception centres, often managed in a welfare perspective, and do not even have the chance to study Italian. The moment they have to leave these structures they are totally unprepared to live independently in an Italian context.

AMU, in collaboration with the Association Una città non basta (A city is not enough) and AFN, has launched a new project to give a concrete answer to this increasingly urgent problem. The aim is to accompany asylum seekers families in local realities, in order to attain a full employment, linguistic and social integration. (more…)


On Saturday, 25th February the new headquarters of the Foundation Koz Kazah, our counterparts for projects in Egypt was inaugurated.

«We are very grateful to all of you for the support that you are giving, says Magdy Mishraky (director of the Foundation). This support has enabled Koz Kazah to renew itself and now we can celebrate the opening of the new headquarters.»

Over the years, the desire had grown to extend the social action of Koz Kazah outside the Shubra neighbourhood. This is where it all began and where until now the activities were carried out. And in the future we dream of the new centres that may arise outside of Cairo.

The inauguration will be an opportunity to meet with operators and representatives of the cooperation, enterprises and government institutions, consolidating the network of relations woven over the years to pursue together the common good.

«Our best wishes for this event – Francesco Tortorella, head of AMU project area, responding to our Koz Kazah friends. We are really happy for this important step and we appreciate the great effort that you are making to serve vulnerable people even better than you have already been doing. We feel that we are walking together, supporting each other and learning from each other, like a family.»

To share the joy and excitement of these days, we would like to show you again last year’s video, where the new centre was then undergoing renovation.


Among the projects realized with the Economy of Communion’s contribution, there is one in Brazil that is developing beyond all expectations. This is the program for the strengthening of inclusive businesses of communion (PROFOR).

The program, developed by Anpecom (National Association for an Economy of Communion – Brazil), was selected to participate in the Incubation Program and Impact Acceleration (2016/2017 edition) among many institutions from all over Brazil.

Sponsored by the Institute of Entrepreneurial Citizenship of Brazil (ICE) and in collaboration with the Government they support micro and small enterprises (Sebrae) and the National Association of promoters of innovative companies (Anprotec).

The Incubation Program and Impact Acceleration aims to mobilize business incubators and accelerators throughout Brazil to select and monitor companies that have a social impact. It is assumed that the incubators and accelerators have enormous potential to influence the business agenda of Brazil, spreading nationwide the concept of social impact companies, and contributing with more solutions to solve social problems.

«For us working in the PROFOR team, this is an encouragement to keep going along the path we have chosen, that is to help reduce poverty in the world. Having been selected for the program requires that we put more effort, dedication and responsibility for the people who are socially vulnerable», said Dima Pinto, PROFOR coordinator.

In the photo: Participants to the training course for the incubation of social enterprises in Brazil

To learn more about the project Profor click here to watch the video >>>
To know more about Anpecom, go to the official website >>>