Kenyan delegation visit

“Jambo!” In this way the Kenyan delegation greets students of the primary school of Paullo. After the presentations, we look at some pictures about Dagoretti  district and then leave time for curiosity of young students. How are the schools in Kenya and how do you spend breaktime? Is there a canteen? The teachers are strict? How many students are there in a class and how do they dress for school? There are many curiosities not only on the lives of children in Kenya, but also on the cultivation of vegetable gardens. In Kenya do you have seasons? What are the most cultivated plants? We say goodbye and promised to keep in touch via this blog and to exchange photos of our veg-gardens. We conclude our meeting with a game proposed by Vincent, and for a moment the Italian school looks really like a Kenyan school.

Orti di Strada project

We are in Nairobi, Kenya. Specifically in the district of Dagoretti, a slum on the outskirts of the big capital city. Here people live in poverty, 240,000 children below the age of 18, 37% of whom live in the street. In 2011, the situation has worsened because of the extreme drought that has hit the country. As a result prices rose strongly and live has become even more difficult.
Amref Health Africa works here since 2001 in recovery activities of street children and to create an environment where children can eat, play, learn and stay safe. Only in the last five years the work in child protection has contributed to the recovery of 15,400 children reintegrated in their families, in schools or through programs of professional training.
The project ORTI DI STRADA was added in January 2015 between the pre-existing activities to strengthen them and make them more sustainable in the future. The initiative aims to provide a response to malnutrition and food insecurity, integrating agriculture with health care, and social recovery.
Community groups involved (young, single mothers, teachers and students, health workers) manage 10 urban gardens and two greenhouses using the principles of organic farming. To operate in the best participated in training programs on management and group dynamics, the agronomic and environmental sustainability practices, the study of the market and the prevention of food waste, then encouraging the processing and marketing of products at the local level.

Schools in the project

The project involves 46 classes of primary schools and secondary schools of the Lombardia Region.

Primary schools:

Scuola Cucchi Sassi – Milano

Scuola Mazzini – Paullo (MI)

Scuola Muratori e Menotti Pio – Milano

IC di Turate  – Turate (CO)

Scuola Falcone e Borsellino – Castano Primo (MI)

Scuola Galli  – Sesto San Giovanni (MI)

Scuola Don Milani – Novate Milanese (MI)

Scuola Manzoni – Lesmo (MB)

Scuola E. Morante – Milano

Scuola Marconi – Concorezzo (MB)

Secondary schools:

Scuola A. Manzoni – Mesero (MI)

Scuola Falcone e Borsellino – Castano Primo (MI)

IC Rinaldo Beretta – Giussano (MB)

Amref Health Africa

Amref Africa Health promotes health projects in remote areas of Africa. 60 years after its founding, Amref today is the largest health organization operating in the African continent: the second most populous continent in the world is the most backward in terms of health. The protection of mothers and children, combating endemic diseases and pandemics, access to clean water, the training of local health workers, the strengthening of public health services are essential steps to make healthy Africa.
As always, for Amref, health born within local communities. It is through the active participation of the populations, the local staff and public health systems that are realized long-term improvements. Why the agents of change are the beneficiaries of the interventions themselves, and 97% of staff working with AMREF in Africa it is African. Why are Africans, every day, to take care of Africa.
Amref today operates in 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa with 172 projects of health promotion. Through health centers and mobile units providing medical care to rural and nomadic populations. Care operators Amref arrive even where no one can go, in extremely remote and rural areas, thanks to the Flying Doctors, “Flying Doctors” that bring medical assistance and training aboard small planes equipped as mobile units. Amref brings out African solutions to African problems, solutions that come from within, from the heart of the community, who are the protagonists, and not just the beneficiaries of the projects.
The international network Amref, as well as in Africa, is active in Europe, the United States and Canada, across 12 locations. AMREF is present in Italy since 1987, to promote the right to health of Africans and fight inequalities, strong roots and experience in Africa, but with an eye also to the Italian situation, aware that, in an open and globalized world , needs and rights do not stop before a geographical border.


logo aiabAIAB (Italian Association for Organic Agriculture) is the networking of the organic movement and primarily represents the interests of organic operators, through the promotion of organic agriculture as a model of sustainable development, based on the principles of conservation and exploitation of resources , environmental, animal welfare and health of the consumer. Organic farming is, in fact, a development model for rural alternative to ‘”industrial agriculture”, capable of addressing the ecological sense in the behavior of market participants and the public and, in particular, their approach to the production method and to consumption. The interests of organic producers affecting the interests of the citizens-consumers and enhance the role and function of technical specialists in organic farming.
AIAB is currently engaged on several fronts, ranging from EU research projects or national support policies in the sector, for the development of systems of transformation, for the protection of biodiversity and natural heritage to those disclosure codes of practice on organic, training programs and international cooperation.

Reggio Children Foundation

logo_mailWith the aim “Education and research to improve the lives of people and communities, in Reggio Emilia and in the world”, the non-profit Reggio Children-Loris Malaguzzi Centre Foundation was officially established on September 29, 2011 at the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre of Reggio Emilia.

The primary aims of the Foundation are: to disseminate the values of the Reggio Emilia Approach worldwide, also through encounters with other countries and other experiences; to contribute to the development of the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre as a place for research, innovation, and experimentation in the different fields of knowledge; to maintain and further develop the legacy of experience and quality of the Infant-toddler Centers and Preschools of Reggio Emilia, continuing the exchanges with the rest of the world.

The Foundation represents the further development of the Reggio Emilia Approach, which is no longer only an educational project for children from birth to six years old, but a possible approach aimed at the entire city and the cities of the world for the growth and well-being of the community.