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- Kinzono agricultural project – Plateau de Batekes

The project was born in 2018 with the aim of giving a group of single women with children the opportunity to cultivate lands their own, purchased thanks to the support of Come Noi and Aimée Ngoma Mbenza founder of the non-profit association Femme Lève Toi. In the first two years, 6 hectares of land were purchased and today with the purchase of another 16 hectare plot the figure has reached 22!! The land, adjacent to the previous one, will allow us to increase the cultivation of cassava in particular, and to rotate the fields a bit. As the cultivated area …

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TOGO Noepe region – Project to support one-parent families (women with children)

The project primary objective is fighting poverty in the Noepe region, by providing drink water to Tonui-Kope village, helping single women in the village to carry out income-generating activities (e.g.: producing primary food), and to pay for the school of their children (10 families with 30 kids will be selected). Activities include: digging a well, building a hangar with five ovens for preparing cassava flour (base food), and providing school supplies. The project, approved last Dicember and started in January 2021, will be carried out by the association DAREE, who presented the project, in association with association APMED, which has …

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RWANDA – Nyinawimana Beekeeping second phase

The project starts again after the stop in 2015, due to death of many of the bees and the swarming of many hives. Honey production needs, besides an appropriate climate, know-how and careful processing and these were somewhat insufficient during the first experience. Furthermore, there was probably the need of growing more flowering trees for pollen production. We have therefore asked an expert appraisal by local technicians and agronomists before deciding about founding the project. The technicians have given a positive appraisal: it looks like activities have been carried on also with the help of local entities (Caritas, Province veterinaries) …

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TOGO High school construction in Afagnan Gbleta

After the rapid realization and activation of the two Afagna Gbleta and Sandale Kope wells by the members of APMED, the Togolese organization that we decided to finance, we were offered a project of a very different size and cost. It was about creating a high school for 150 students in the Afagnan Gbleta area. About 300 students, male and female, attended the high school in this area but it was a shack, among other things without a toilet, where we could only store agricultural tools. It makes sense to have this kind of school in Togo, because it is …

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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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The urbanization project of the favela Vila Canoas

In the 90s, Giuliana and Franco Urani involved us in a great urbanization project born from their proximity to the ‘favelados’- inhabitants of the’ favela’- of Vila Canoas in Rio de Janeiro , the slum grown around their house. The ambitious objective was to provide not only the essential services for an acceptable life, but also to give full citizenship to the ‘favelados’, ignored by the authorities of the city and of the state, mostly unknown even in the registry office. The project was complex and the most challenging, even in financial terms, ever faced by Come Noi. But the …

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Immigration and integration in Turin

Since the end of the 80s Italy is in the depths of the immigration, that enters directly into our lives. Mostly they are lone people looking for a job, but there are more and more families reunited, living sometimes dramatic situations for  lack of accommodation orof healthcare,  and need for integration. With the project “Friendship of foreigners”, some families of Come Noi , in collaboration with the diocese Caritas Migrants Service ,committed to support the inclusion of immigrant families in Turin,. Over the years, fifteen families have been followed by eleven Italian families. Families have been met on concrete situations: …

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Food autonomy: a great challenge for over 50 years

Food  autonomy  through the development of agricultural projects has been our priority for over 50 years. We began in the mid-70s in South India, in the villages of the Javadhi Hills plateau, in the state of Tamil Nadu, to continue in Brazil, in the enormous state of Minas Gerais, and later on in the African continent: in Mozambique at Boane and in Eritrea at Bimbilnà. Today the challenge continues in Congo where between 2018 and 2023, in collaboration with the Femme Lève Toi association, we have  progressively cultivated from 6 to 22 hectares.

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Educational training: a challenge from yesterday and today

Activating educational training, as a leading force for achieving  financial and managerial autonomy, was a priority yesterday, and is even more today. Many interventions are functional to this goal: – scholarship grants for young people from developing countries that study and graduate in Italy  and later will use their acquired skills in the Countries of origin – set up and maintenance of agricultural schools and training centers: rural arts and craft centers (OCARR) and the Exodus Center in Rwanda , sewing and weaving schools in Eritrea ,CET, ABA and Casa Come Noi in Brazil, courses at the Library of Somone …

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