Wednesday 3 May 2017
Jordan: a country that welcomes, enchants and teaches

In Amman, the project to support Iraqi refugees and Jordanian citizens in need continues

One of the realities that strikes anyone who comes into contact with the refugee emergency in the Middle East is the indisputable ability of the Jordanian government to accommodate so many people without having any concrete conditions to do so. Jordan, in fact, is formed by 80% of the desert and is one of the poorest countries in the world in water resources. About 85% of the food needs are imported. Yet 25% of the Jordanian national budget is used for refugees.
Today in Jordan there are about 656,000 Syrian refugees. Iraqis registered at the United Nations until September 2016 are about 59,000. As international aid is directed mainly to Syrians, Iraqis in Jordan – albeit with the government’s commitment – are in great difficulty. They can work only in precarious ways, paid for the day, and to get at least some kind of remuneration, they work undeclared, underpaid and are often exploited.
This was the scenario that pushed AMU to support the great work Caritas Jordan has been doing for years. (more…)

Friday 28 April 2017

On the recent debate on the intervention of NGOs in the Mediterranean, we fully report a press release written by CIPSI, coordination of development NGOs to which the AMU adheres.

The Association of Italian Cooperation Organizations (AOIs) and other networks also expressed indignation and condemnation of the serious declarations and allegations against humanitarian NGOs that, with private ships, aided shipwrecks from Libyan coasts, victims of traffickers.


The life of every human being must be protected and supported in its fullness! Who does not and uses the sufferings of life for political interests and purposes, does not make politics and helps build incivility! In this way Guido Barbera, president of CIPSI SOLIDARITY AND COOPERATION – co-ordinating 30 associations of solidarity and cooperation – spoke about the recent accusations made by relevant parliamentarians and members of Italian politics to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) engaged in the Mediterranean crisis (Proactiva open arms , Doctors Without Frontiers, Sos Méditerranée, Moas, Save the Children, Jugend Rettet, Sea Watch, Sea Eye and Life Boat), resuming observations from the Prosecutor’s Office of Catania, and the Frontex Agency Report on the phenomenon of immigration ” Risk Analysis 2017 “.

Barbera has explicitly stated that accusations against NGOs, constantly committed to buffering the absence of European politics by saving lives in the Mediterranean, are instrumental and shameful. Not only is Italy and Europe one of the main arms dealers in the countries from which people are fleeing, but have facilitated and supported much of the conflicts that have destabilized many countries over the last decade. (more…)

Wednesday 26 April 2017
Campesino tourism

New developments of the Sustainable and Incluse Tourism Programme in North West Argentina (TSNOA)

The TSNOA project was born 6 years ago to promote the development of Community tourism under the auspices of the Argentine Bishops’ Conference. Since about two years, AMU’s intervention with the Communion Economy has allowed to improve the accommodation capacity of 5 communities through specific training, equipment delivery, and a “reciprocity fund”. More information can be read on the project sheet.

Some important awards testify to the vitality and solidity of the project. First, the project won a Nassen Foundation funding project in Argentina, whereby 17 families from the Hornaditas community will have access to water, with a contribution of about 30,000 Euros, which will consequently benefit tourism activities.
The TSNOA program was also selected by the Ministry of Tourism of the province of Salta for receiving funds for infrastructure and supply of equipment. 3 families from Quebrada del Toro benefited from it, while at Brealito an aerial will be installed that will allow the whole community to receive telephone signal, ensuring communication with tourists and coordinating visits.
Finally, the project has passed the first selection phase in a competition launched by the National Tourism Ministry to access a web platform that promotes tourist destinations.

The people involved, now proper tourism entrepreneurs, have consolidated their activities thanks to the large groups of tourists who have been changing over the last few months. And exactly they, the tourists, as shown in the testimonies published on AMU News n. 1/2017, which follow, give the most important recognition to the TSNOA programme. (more…)

Wednesday 19 April 2017
Making System Beyond Hospitality: Precious’s story

The network of families available to accommodate the young adults of the Making System project is consolidating, thanks to the contribution of AFN Onlus present all over the territory. For many, it is a fundamental experience, like in the case of Precious …

Precious’s story is at the same time a normal and exceptional story. She attributes to God every affair of her life and the fact that she has arrived in Italy safe and sound. Now she is 18 but her childhood has been difficult. She grew up in a polygamous family and lost her mother – the only person that really cared for her – when she was still a little girl. No one else in the family ever loved her that much, and his father pushed her to leave for Italy saying that she would come to study, but actually sent her here because he wants her to work and send lots of money back home.

Precious has dealt with great courage the journey that made her cross Africa, from Nigeria to the coasts of Libya and then on a boat to Italy. Here she resumed her studies, which she was forced to interrupt to his father’s will. She is in a reception centre of the SPRAR system in Catania, she took an Italian language course, one on IT science and she is now attending school for healthcare professionals. Her dream is to become a nurse. (more…)

Tuesday 18 April 2017
Making System Beyond Hospitality: Abdoulaye’s story

The first phase of the project Making System beyond Hospitality, which was focused on vocational training, was completed. A new period of work placement and accompaniment has now started for the young adults. Some of them are already at a good point, such as Abdoulaye, of whom we will tell the story here.

Originally from Ivory Coast, Abdoulaye left his country when he was still underage. He was welcomed in Italy by the municipality of Vittoria, a small town in the province of Ragusa, in the heart of Eastern Sicily: a territory that has experienced emigration and thus the value of hospitality.

Here the young man has found a place to call home and a community he feels that he belongs to. Today, after two years, he is over 18 years of age, he has learnt Italian, studied, obtained a middle school license, and found the job he has always wanted. Abdoulaye is, in fact, among the young people involved in the Making System beyond Hospitality project, which promotes training and job placement courses in a way of meeting and collaboration between the different subjects of the territory.

All his life he wanted to be a baker, and when the owner of the Tinghino bakery in Vittoria (Ragusa) agreed to host him and train him in his bakery, he did not hesitate for a moment. Throughout the internship he was always keen and professional, helping even when he was not specifically asked for. “An exceptional guy”, his colleagues inside the bakery describe him so. (more…)