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Tuesday 13 February 2018
 
Let’s bet on Syria

This is Robert’s request, our local contact for AMU’s “Emergency Syria” Program in his dialogue with Città Nuova…

The first sentence that Robert says in the interview with Maria Chiara De Lorenzo is: “I open the map every day to see where we are fighting”. In fact, in addition to the news of bombings that these days are back in the media, we learn that the fighting outbreaks have never completely died down.

In the following lines we find the story of these years, how the wounds of the bombings have destroyed entire cities: “I did not want to go and see the ruins of Aleppo. Only after three months I found the courage to go out and see the most beautiful parts of the city, razed to the ground – says Robert. ”

But after the discomfort, we need to get up again, with awareness and determination: Syria can do it, with the help of everyone.

To the question “What would you say to those who watch Syria from the outside? What can be done for Syria today?” Robert replies: “Surely, for those with faith, keep praying. And then, bet on the Syrians that the country is alive. We need hope in Syria. We need support – and I’m not talking only from an economic point of view, certainly important – but to believe with us that this country, the cradle of civilization, can be revived again. That peace is still possible. The important thing is not to remain indifferent. And for those who ask themselves: what can I do for Syria? I say: pray, make a personal contribution, a professional can come for a period of voluntary service…now the situation is safer. We need to feel that the world feels our suffering, the suffering of a country that is disappearing. Syria must be there.”

 

Thanks to your contribution, AMU will continue to support the “Emergency Syria” Program providing, in 2018, assistance to 200 families in Aleppo, Damascus, Homs, and on the coast.

Here you will find the two articles with the complete interview made by Maria Chiara De Lorenzo to Robert:

From Syria to Syria 

Reactivating aid in Syria


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.

If you want to support the PROFOR Program to create decent and inclusive work opportunities – click here


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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Thursday 28 December 2017
 
Best wishes for joy and peace

The light of each faith

of Katiuscia Carnà

On the occasion of the Holy Christmas, which for Christians represents birth, is rooted the festival of light. For the populations of the northern hemisphere, it is linked to the winter solstice, going beyond any creed. A light illuminates the darkness and the obscurity, representing for many religions the way in which God or a deity manifests itself. The luminosity is a feature common to many deities from ancient civilizations, to the religions of the Book, to the Eastern ones that we generally feel more distant from ours. The light in Christianity is the Birth of Christ that gives itself to Humanity, it is the mantle of God’s presence, it is the renewal from the darkness, a divine gift.

« The rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death »  (Luke 1,78-79)

The Jewish holiday of light, the Hannukah, corresponds in a certain sense to Christmas and falls on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev corresponding this year to December 12th and includes the lighting of candles for eight nights. It is the second most important religious celebration of the Jewish people, during which the consecration of the new altar in the Temple of Jerusalem in 161 BC is commemorated and therefore the liberation of Israel from the Greek occupiers.

« There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light.» (Ap 22,5)

In Islam “an Nur”, the light is a metaphor of faith and the opposite of the darkness of unbelief, is celebrated on the occasion of the most important festival, Eid al-Fitr, at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, during which Muslims give thanks to God on a day of celebration.

« Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. His Light (in the Universe) may be likened to a niche wherein is a lamp, and the lamp is in the crystal which shines in star-like brilliance. It is lit from (the oil) of a blessed olive tree that is neither eastern nor western. Its oil well nigh glows forth (of itself) though no fire touched it: Light upon Light. Allah guides to His Light whom He wills. Allah sets forth parables to make people understand. Allah knows everything.» (Quran, 24:35)

Gathering all together to rediscover the light is our wish for this period of festivity and the commitment we renew in our work and in the projects that we carry forward every day thanks to your precious support.