The fabrication of the 180 tailored kitenge bags was made possible thanks to the commitment and skills of three young women: Sarah, Liane and Gladys. These young ladies were trained in tailoring at Masanafu Child And Family Support (MCAFS), an organization established with the urge to find solutions to the ever-increasing problems of the community around Masanafu. MCAFS, with the support of Insieme Si Puo’, reaches out to the community through care and support services ranging from vocational skills training to post vocational and educational support.
While Liane and Gladys are still undergoing training, Sarah, the youngest and the leader of the group, has already completed her tailoring course. To produce the bags, Sarah needed the support of Liane and Gladys, both of whom have a complicated background.
Liane (19) went back to stay with her mother after she separated with her husband. She is attending the tailoring course, thanks to the support that her mother is receiving from an organization called Single Parent Uganda.
Gladys (18), being an orphan, never had a mother to take care of her. Gladys stays with her aunt, who realized soon that bringing her to St. Padre Pio for skills training in tailoring was the best and affordable means to empower her.
Sarah (16), the leader, lost both her father and mother in a car accident when she was just three years old, and since then she has not had a lot of time to dream or play. Sarah was taken up and looked after by an elderly lady in the village. This old woman was able to raise Sarah with the support of an organization called HOPE Uganda, which sponsored Sarah until completion of her primary seven. But life was hard; stress and insecurity affected Sarah’s performance at school. Her guardian then decided to register her for enrolment at the St. Padre Pio, the vocational training centre managed by MCAFS, where Sarah chose to register for a tailoring course. She was a fast learner, and in a short period of time, she was among the best students of the centre.
In November 2015 Sarah completed her tailoring course and received a sewing machine and some money to rent a place, to enable her to start up a small business. Thanks to the start up kit she is now renting a place on the outskirts of Kampala where she is working as a tailor, earning some money and being able to look after herself and her guardian.
However small, this project to fabricate these bags brought the three young women together for 10 days, during which time they worked side by side creating, through their skills, space for their dreams and further empowering their skills.
PS: the kitenge bags are sold at the Schmukkastl, the boutique at the Hotel La Perla in Corvara. The whole income goes to the foundation, endorsing its activity.
Francesco De Pasquale
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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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