BRAZIL Cultivation of coffee by ACOP – Ouro Verde

The ACOP of Ouro Verde, which last year installed the irrigation system in large areas of the community “sitio” (arable land) to prepare new coffee plantations, by both individual members and community, succeded in planting new coffe crops, with the financial help of Don Sergio. Soon there will be the first harvest, and, after harvesting, a “coffee seeds drying machine” is required. Until a few years ago, coffee drying was done simply by placing the coffe seeds under the sun in the ACOP courtyard. Today the quantities and quality demands of the product are such that this simple and traditional …

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO Agricultural projects

Since 2018 we are supporting the agricultural projects started by a great woman, Aimée Ngoma, for the organization named “Femme Lève Toi” that she founded in 2009. The aim is to help a group of women leaving in an agricultural are in the Maluku municipality, about 1000 Km North-East of Kinshasa. The women cultivate the soil of the association and using the products or selling them mantain their families and can send their children to school. Until last year Aimée, Congolese, leaving and working in Italy since many years, has spent her summer vacations in Congo, working with the women …

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RWANDA building tanks to store rainwater in Muyanza

The project deals with the acquisition, putting in place in three communities of the Muyanza Parish, and activating four tanks, of 5000 liter each, for storing rainwater.The water will be made drinkable by chlorination and made available to the community. The project, with a relatively low cost ( 3.600 €), helps people (women, mainly) to access safe, drinkable water, reducing the fatigue of brinking the water upstream. In December 2020 the installatin of the tanks is almost finished, as shown in the following pictures.  

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CAMEROUN installing a mill in Foumban

During July 2020, through father Giovanni Gonco, who spent 22 years as a missionary in Cameroun, we received a pressing request by father Eric for buying a mill and a building where to place it safely. And this with the aim of giving some hope to a group of English-speaking Cameroun people who had to leave their land, their houses and everything, several years ago to escape persecution as an ethnic minority. The group includes about 50 families, with some invalids, for a total of about 150 people, including many kids, without a school where to go, in a Country …

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TOGO Escavation of water wells

From 2018 the escavation of wells has started in a -for us-  new African country: TOGO. Thanks to the suggestion of one of our members Paolo Pianezza, we have got in touch with Christian Katou, and with the APMED association. Christian asked us to partially finance the escavation of a well in the village of Afagna Gbleta. As we are trying to extend our activities in new countries, we have no plans in Togo and the political situation there, is not as problematic as in most African states, we have decided to approve the project and to finance it. The …

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SENEGAL Digging wells in the villages near Mbour

For years the activity of building water wells has continued, initially with the support of the non-profit organization Un puit pour la vie and subsequently with the One Love association. The objective is to improve the quality of life in many villages and involve local communities in the management, maintenance and control of water resources. In Senegal, water scarcity is still a cause of infant mortality and  gastrointestinal diseases, and creates difficulties for agricultural cultivation and all domestic uses. Near the rapidly expanding city of Mbour there are still settlements with little access to clean water, persons have to go …

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Cultivation of vegetables at a secondary school

The project involves the cultivation of vegetables in the area of a secondary school attended by about 150 students. The vegetable garden measures 25 by 15 meters, is located  near the school,  fenced and and has easy access to water. The first crop has been sold and the income used for administration expenses of the small school. The garden is managed by the students, looked aftert by a teacher and with clear educational aims: it is very important that children learn how to cultivate the land. The acquired knowledge will help them to support their families and themselves in the …

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RWANDA School canteen at Gituza

The project was started in 2017, when we accepted the request of the parish priest of Gituza to contribute to the creation of a school canteen for 120 nursery and primary school pupils. Malnourished children, orphans or from poor families. It provides for a gradual involvement of the population, in order to bring the canteen to self-sufficiency, through  the cultivation of vegetables, and the breeding of animals by the work of the local people. In the first year of support, we made available the amount needed to pay the salary of two cooks and to buy the food for the …

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South Sudan Juba – Agricultural Project

Aim of the project is the cultivation of part of the land managed by the Salesians of Don Bosco in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. It’s a fertile land of about 100 hectars that does not require investment for irrigation and is only partly occupied by buildings. Start up of the Project In the first phase, in year 2017, a first 20-hectare parcel is cultivated with the help of women coming from a nearby refugee camp, where about 5,000 people live, mainly women and children. About 100 women, who will be guaranteed meals for 250 days, will follow training …

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