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Six new micro-projects approved

24/04/2012: General House

Six new micro-projects have been approved by FMSI during the evaluation meeting held on 3 April in the Rome office of the Foundation. This was the second series of solidarity initiatives approved for financing by FMSI this year. The newmicro-projects will serve to sustain:

-       A meal programme organised by the Marist Brothers for the impoverished children of   Negombo (Sri Lanka). Each of the 30 little beneficiaries will receive each day a substantial meal that will help him in academic and sporting activities.

-       Professional training for the young people of Faisalabad, in Pakistan. The project, the initiative of the Joshwa Welfare Organization, a local NGO, is intended to help 500 marginalised youth in looking for work.

-       The reconstruction of the roof of the « Salle Champagnat », a multipurpose room of the Institute of Enano in Kindu (RDC). The school, conducted by the Marist Brothers, caters for 1,100 students and is in a zone still today suffering from the effects of the civil war. The room’s roof was destroyed in February by a violent storm, at the same time as the little building housing the toilets. The Marist Brothers, with the school’s scanty resources, have rebuilt the toilets, while FMSI is committed to rebuilding the roof. The room is fundamental for developing school activities, but also for the young people of the local community who have made it their weekly meeting place.

-       The programme « Mission for youth », organised by the Marist Brothers and lay volunteers of Nyakato, in Tanzania, for the many poor young people of the area. The programme is  based on cultural and sporting activities. It aims to offer the young people opportunities for growth and leisure, as an alternative to a life of idleness, in a context of material and moral degradation and high social risk.

-       The acquisition of musical instruments for the Marist school of St Marcellin Champagnat in Bouaké (Ivory Coast). Bouaké is in a zone of the country which was under rebel control during the civil war. The effects of the war are still visible, and in particular the inadequacy of the education system and the lack of opportunities for the youth. The musical instruments will serve for a series of activities for the students but also for the young people of the neighbourhood. These youth will also be given possibilities for leisure and meeting that they would never to be able to have unless they were offered them free.

-       The construction of a room for the parents in the Sargodha Catholic High School, in Pakistan. The improvement to the school is necessary to guarantee the parents of the students – especially the mothers – a suitable place for interviews with the teachers, in respect for the local culture. On the school’s part, the intervention – although apparently secondary – is a sign of sensitivity towards the parents and of the willingness to create the most favourable conditions towards reciprocal collaboration between parents and teachers.

The next meetings for evaluating requests for financing are set for June, September, and December. From January up to now, FMSI has financed 13 micro-projects in 11 countries, for a total of €45,800. Thanks to its solidarity initiatives, FMSI has come to the aid of more than 2,000 underprivileged children and young people.

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