Monday, 18 May 2015

Genoa, Italy - Synergies to defeat poverty

Often we are tempted to think that we cannot do much to confront and defeat poverty. At the national level you either are a developing country or an advanced country. True “but there is the economic crisis …”. At the international level the weight of global dynamics crushes us and makes us feel powerless. So?
So we need to trust in the little steps, in the strength of loyalty, in imaginative and intelligent strategies, in the synergies between experiences and possibilities. That is what the
Community of Sant’Egidio of Genoa and the Costa Crociere Foundation decided to do in designing and carrying out a project involving social assistance and responsibility: “A roof for those who don’t have it”. Under this project, which started in the fall of 2014, the restructuring of a few apartments located in Genoa’s historical downtown area has allowed a dozen homeless people as well as a family who had lost its home to start over with a roof over their head.
A small drop in an ocean which can, however, mean a lot, especially for those directly involved. But also for those who might replicate this example elsewhere in the future. Shouldn’t we give this some thought? 

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