Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Novara, Italy - A city that remembers, reflects, builds peace ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio and peace.
Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle, testimonials against the death penalty, with the elderly of the "family-house" and other friends of the neighborhood. 

On the other side of the city, the awarding of the "War Never Again" competition, which recognized the value and beauty of the testimonies on the Second World War collected by secondary school students among the Novara's over 70s.
Two ways to promote a culture of life and peace.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Bujumbura, Burundi - Home, the greatest joy ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio and the poor.
Inauguration ceremony of the new house of Marguerite, a poor and lonely old woman.
It was built by the volunteers of Sant'Egidio. Whom Marguerite, very happy for finally have a roof under which to shelter, wanted to thank so much one by one. 

Friday, 10 May 2019

Armeno, Italy - Drawing for peace, looking to the future ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio and peace.
A peace march of children and adolescents is being prepared in a small town near Novara. The new generation works for a peace movement! 

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Beira, Mozambique - If school is destroyed, every corner can be a school ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio and the outskirts.
In a Beira city struck and destroyed by cyclone Idai, hope starts afresh from the little ones, from a close mentoring, from school. 

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

San Salvador, El Salvador - On the road, meeting those who are hungry ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio and the poor.
A faithful friendship does not forget anyone, not even those who carve out living in a hidden corner of the city. 

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Genoa, Italy - So that plentiness may have no age ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio and the ouskirts.
The words of an old woman, M. L .: "Thanks to you I feel more alive!". 

Friday, 26 April 2019

Novara, Italy - A liberation from loneliness ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio and the poor.
In the family home, celebrating the liberation of the elderly's life from loneliness, with a beautiful - and good - three-colours ice-cream cup .... 

Friday, 12 April 2019

San José, Costa Rica - Care for the environment, from a very young age ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio and peace.
Children and teenagers, with enthusiasm, give their contribution to the cleaning of the Barrio (area) de La Paz. They feel very committed for our common home ... 

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Jakarta, Indonesia - Close and together, on the other side of the world ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio and the outskirts.
A welcoming party and a moment of prayer in a center hosting African people who reach Far East Asia. 

Because, yes, migration is a global challenge, and the answer has to be found together.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Milan, Italy - An afternoon that conquers loneliness ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio and the poor.
Young people of different origins all together at the elderly house of Panigarola, in Corvetto area. To play bingo with the oldest ones. To visit them as if they were relatives. 

Friday, 5 April 2019

Madrid, Spain - "Peace without borders"

The Community of Sant'Egidio and peace.
Work is in progress to prepare for the interfaith peace meeting to be held next September .... 

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Shinyanga, Tanzania - A joy that overcomes illness and stigma ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio and the ouskirts.
The visit to the Buhangija center, for albinos, lepers and other sick people, breaks the isolation, widens the hearta, opens to joy despite every difficulty. 

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Kiev, Ukraine - A flower that means a lot ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio and the poor.
As in many other countries, in Ukraine too the youth of Sant'Egidio mend any fracture between generations and live an ageless friendship with the lone old people as well with those living in elderly houses. 

Friday, 29 March 2019

Mönchengladbach, Germany - A goal against all racism ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio and peace.
Within the framework of the week against racism, Borussia invited associations and young people to participate in a round table and to follow the football match that would take place in their own stadium. 

An interview before the meeting allowed to explain the work of Sant'Egidio, the choice to find each other starting from their differences, to build spaces of peace between all and solidarity with the weakest.

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Bogota, Colombia - Everything can change, at any age ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio and the outskirts.
Older people in retreat houses often experience a great loneliness.
Meeting them and sharing the day, helping them or simply spending time together, opens up to joy, hope, life ... 

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Beira, Mozambique - To make a city live again ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio and the poor.
Beira: Mozambique's second city has been devastated by cyclone 'Idai', the entire population on its knees. It is a tragedy of huge gravity, which turns out to be increasingly terrible as the waters recede and the rescuers reach the more remote areas. 

Sant'Egidio is close to that drama. An Italian-Mozambican representation is in place, to coordinate the arrival of aid and give a first relief to those who lost a lot, or everything, with the hurricane passage. Donations are collected all over the world to make Beira live again.

Monday, 25 March 2019

Tegucigalpa, Honduras - Books, companions for life ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio and the Schools of Peace.
The escuelita de la Paz of Villa Nueva at the Centro Cultural de España of Tegucigalpa. 

Friday, 22 March 2019

Prague, Czech Republic - The value of faithfullness ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio and the outskirts.
Celebrating three years of service for those who live on the street ... 

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Banten, Indonesia - A closeness that consoles ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio and the poor.
In December a tsunami struck Banten, in the great island of Java. Several hundred victims, a forgotten natural disaster. 

Not by the Youth for Peace, anyway. Last Sunday they went to that town to party with the children who had experienced that tragedy.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Rome, Italy - A "No" to violence and hate speech ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio and peace.
Torchlight walk in the Centocelle area with the Muslim community to express condoleances and solidarity after the Christchurch massacre.
The Pope said last Sunday: "I am close to our Muslim brothers. I renew the invitation to unite with prayer and gestures of peace to oppose hatred and violence". 

Friday, 15 March 2019

Trieste, Italy - The colors of living together ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio and peace.
For March 8th Youth for Peace and the children of the School of Peace offered mimosas and other flowers, as well their noisy and festive joy, to the School of Italian language and culture students.
Because peace, coexistence, interculturality, they are built with small gestures of attention, with respect and colors. Because we don't like a sad and grey world! 

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Maputo, Mozambique - A dream to live, even as elderly ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio and the outskirts.
Zimpeto is a suburbian area of Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique. It is a populated area: plots and rents are cheaper, and many live there, in a mix of brick houses and huts, under real roofs or metal sheet.
In Zimpeto Sant’Egidio inaugurated the last of its Mozambican DREAM centers for treatment and prevention of AIDS. The DREAM activists - people in care, who now live well, and who are witnesses of a rebirth that makes them hope and dream - carry out a valuable commitment, both for the thousands of other patients and for the many situations of poverty in the neighborhood. 

Many of them, in particular, take care of visiting the elderly alone, of animating cultural and recreational activities, parties, etc., making sure that DREAM center is a reference point, and not just a health one, for the people who live in Zimpeto, and in particular for the poorest. 

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Treviso, Italy - Generations, side by side ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio and the poor.
Immacolatella School of Peace introduces itself in the elderly house: ages mix, hope supports the experience, and vice versa .... 

Friday, 8 March 2019

Rome, Italy - Presentation of the book "Making peace: the diplomacy of Sant'Egidio"

The Community of Sant'Egidio and peace.
"To make peace, the best agreement is the one that involves everyone. May we say there is a way to follow? Yes. To look for what unites and put aside what divides" (Andrea Riccardi). 

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Bucharest, Romania - At the rhythm of music, in the elderly house ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio and the outskirts.
Friendship of young people makes the house's atmosphere more alive. And traditional songs and dances are also revived ... 

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Florence, Italy - For Enzo's 100 years anniversary ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio and the poor.
A long life met with the faithful friendship of many young and old people in the framework of the service provided to the elderly by the Community in the Tuscan city.
So happy birthday, Enzo! 

Friday, 1 March 2019

Antwerp, Belgium - A memory that changes us ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio and peace.
Fort Breendonk is a fortification, part of Antwerp's defensive system. It was used during the Second World War as a concentration and forced labor camp by the Nazis, as well as a transit camp for Jews doomed to Germany lagers. 
Youth for Peace went over there. To remember and to say "Never again!".