Daniele has been to Afghanistan. Now the fear is not leaving him. The fear of telling what he has seen.
When I got back from Afghanistan, it appeared. And it’s not leaving me. Everytime somebody asks me “how did it go? How is it down there?”. I don’t even raise my eyes when I tell about it, my head down, anxiety growing, the anxiety of observing my spectator’s compassion towards my sadness, of discovering an unbelieving denial.
They call them refugee camps. -20 degrees during the Winter, +40 degrees in Summer. Thousands of human beings living in mud-nylon-metal sheet conglomerates. Over paid officers of big enterprises or international embassies, high above in their armored cars cannot pretend not to see. Those camps commonly rise right in the middle of the cities. 14 camps only in Kabul. Those humans freezing to death, starving, dying from different diseases, nobody grants them a dammed little bit of drinkable water. Since then years they have left villages and homelands, where a war has started years ago and doesn’t seem to end.
They call them women, they call them girls, those human beings whom is forbidden to leave their houses if not accompanied by a male family-member. Those ones obliged to marry thirty, forty years older men. Those ones – over 2.000 every year – attacked and raped when daring to attend a school class. Those ones screaming for justice! And getting indifference, violence, discrimination.
They call them human beings, those 18 million Afghans living with less than 1 dollar a day (60% of the population, just like in the most poor African Countries). Not having a present, not having a future. Betrayed by those ones, once announcing their liberation, their freedom and protection. Now, without any trace of shame, those ones are acting side by side with their ex-enemies. I call them torturers, I call them criminals.
All this, is called a peace-action, a great success, development!
The little goats, which we deliver as micro-credits to widows and emarginated women, giving them the chance to feed and sustain their children. That is a success!
Those young women, great as monuments, committed in human rights movements for their own countries. Living a hell of a life, hunted everywhere, still walking the head high. That is a peace action!
Those little hospitals, schools, refugees, orphanages, which hardly are endorsed by people really caring for those people totally lacking on human rights, for the unheard. That is development!
The most important question is the most simple one: what happens to our women, to our children, to our poor neighbors?
Call me childish, call me utopian. I simply don’t get to understand those international logics. Call me even malicious, smart, politicized…
It doesn’t want to leave me, that dammed fear.
Manuel takes care of the dialogue with the Tibetan Children’s Village. He follows our Tibetan projects. During his trips to India, he has got to know the children of the Tibetan peoples in exile developing a strong and honest relationship to them. When not on the road, he is the creative director of our meetings.
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Lobsang Tsomo is project manager at the Tibetan Children’s Village in India. She is Tibetan, escaped from his oppressed homeland looking for freedom of expression and life. Thanks to her, the distance between here and the Tibetan people exiled in India, is less huge and richer on possibilities.
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Francesco De Pasquale
Francesco is development director at ISP in Karamoja and he is our person in place to follow the school projects with accuracy and great commitment. His joie de vivre and passion for what he does, is contagious even through email.
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Francesco Ricci is from Modena, since years he is active in company and social communication. To the foundation he offers his time and his words, rich on honesty and joy for life.
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His happiness is contagious, his advices precious. Daniele is managing the fund raising at Insieme si può… but his commitment goes well beyond. Together with him and Piergiorgio, in 2012 we have started our two green projects in Uganda. Daniele is a honest hand to hold in moments of necessity.
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Alessandro is project coordinator for ISP… in Africa for Karamoja. He follows the projects directly, and makes them blossom. But his main strength, is listening to the local community, translate their needs and make possibilities out of them. He lives in Moroto with his karimojong wife Florence and the two children.
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Davide is project coordinator of ISP… in Africa. In Uganda since always, he has lived the tragic years of guerrilla, revolutions, Kalashnikov and hunger side by side with the locals. His efficiency is reassuring. He lives in Kampala with Giulia, his wife and little Leonardo, the second one is on his way.
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Merch follows the practical and less practical aspects, like bureaucracy, organization, fund raising. He is a tireless resource of ideas and like magic, from small thoughts, he gives birth to great projects. From his trips to India and Uganda, he has come back richer. Richer on thoughts.
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Joe follows the foundation since its birth in 2007. She is the mother hand which guides us gently and with great sensibility. Her advices are precious, her look honest. Twice she has been to India visiting our projects. She is responsible of the foundations press office and communication.
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Brigitte von Imhof
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Born in Munich, for many years Brigitte has been chef-reporter for the travel magazine “abenteuer und reisen”. During a work trip to Alaska, she got to know his husband Chris, who “at the end of the world” has created the biggest ski-resort. Now she works as a free journalist between these two worlds.
Hannington Kakembo is the founder of the Ssezibwa Demonstration Farm in Mukono, Uganda. He follows his project, by the community for the community, with great commitment and passion, but most of all with transparency and efficiency.
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Andy is an adventurer. Six months spent in India alone, several trips in far lands have formed him. He likes jokes and has always one ready for you. At the back-office of the Hotel La Perla Andy and Fabian are the perfect duo. At the end of October 2016, he has been to Uganda for the inspection of the projects. His critical spirit and enthusiasm, have brought home the will to improve and help even further.
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Lisa follows our donators with attention. She screens all the donations with precision, before they arrive entire and untouched to the ones in need. In 2012 Lisa, together with Stefan and Paolo, has been to Togo visiting sister Patrizia and Maristella. There she has lived the sustained children’s smile.
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In 2011 sister Patrizia has got here by chance, she was sent by the Providence to enrich our souls with tales of life. Together with Maristella, in Togo since thirty years already, she follows the school project there. When she happens to be in Italy though, she always finds the time to pop by to say hello.
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When one is good at so many different things it is likely that one will be involved in organizing, arranging, planning and more. That's the case of Nicolò. For our foundation he is in in charge of fund raising events: if there is a meeting, an evening or a dinner to organize as it should be, he knows how.
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Elide is responsible for the Costa Family Foundation o.n.l.u.s. since 2011. She is silent, her eyes are sprightly, her attitude sweet. But don’t get fooled: she is very determined and admonishes us when the work is not properly done. Elide doesn’t like to appear, but as nobody else she manages to move the public.
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Ludwig is the foundation’s auditor. Our actions pass through his attentive control. He follows us with enthusiasm and commitment not only for the accounting aspects. He concretizes our ideas, our projects, our activity in numbers.
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Michil, thanks to him, the foundation project has been born. In 2007, together with his family, he brought the foundation to life and made its work possible. His commitment is great, he has got to know the Tibetan people, he has approached its thoughts. Michil’s contribution is of unexhausted creativity.
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Pio took a big commitment: he'll help Elide in controlling the numbers that turn around the Foundation. Budget, funding, revenues, loans are all figures important figures that have to be monitored regularly. Pio is that good, that he's also involved in writing down the annual report of the projects we endorse in Uganda.
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