Come Noi started to intervene in developing countries, and especially of India, about 50 years ago. That was the Country of which Gandhi said: “Think of the millions of people who are today less than animals and close to death.”
Respect for the culture and the values of foreign countries, co-participation, fraternity and mutual exchange, have led, and still lead , the action of Come Noi.
Come Noi has a clear identity:
• It is a group of families that include the entry “developing countries” in their family budget.
The feature of “group of families”, which Come Noi has chosen at its birth, seems to be even more relevant today. Family intended as a nucleus facing and assuming the great problems of our time.
These problems and conflicts challenge us and ask us to take a clear stand. The commitment does not end with a simple outlay, but involves a constant control of efficiency and effectiveness in spending. Each member of Come Noi is also committed to put efforts into awareness-raising projects for schools, teenagers and family groups, as well as into a personal revision of his own set of values.
• It is a nonreligious group. Ours commitment goes to solidarity and human growth.
• Come Noi promotes and participates in actions aimed to create a just society, where the different qualities of persons are recognized as pre-eminent values.
In a society where attitudes of “indifference” seem to prevail, it is important to develop a “pedagogy of the difference”, in which the “differences” between cultures, peoples, and races are recognized as values, against the tendency to make everything uniform.
• The commitment must be continuous over time.
We always complete the projects we start, even when serious difficulties occur.
• We always seek for the involvement of local institutions and resources while examining projects to be financed and organized.
• The help is not occasional , but funding to long-time projects, with very few exceptions.
• The commitment to the group activities is assumed with a spirit of volunteering.
• The criteria for choosing projects must essentially respond to primary needs of resident populations.
Projects must be shared, elaborated, carried out and, later on, managed by the local communities, because their right to development requires and presupposes their participation.