Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Information on CCR's charity of choice for the 2011-2012 season

Ambassador Anne Leahy in Guinea
FIAG Onlus "Federazione Italiana Amici della Guinea" is a non-profit association which has been active for over ten years in Guinea, West Africa. The aim of the association is to promote and implement micro-projects that will improve the living conditions of Africans, especially in the areas of health care and education. Sanitary and health conditions are appalling in the country, with a  life expectancy of less than 50 years and a mortality rate of 90/1000 for children under one year old. Schooling conditions are also very poor at all levels, ranging from dilapidated structures to a complete lack of equipment and didactic material.  

Over the years, FIAG has been able to carry-out a number of projects. Our association has built a small first-aid pavilion in a small village in the bush, rebuilt the roof of a school, supplied desks and chairs for a kindergarten, dug a well for a small village, subsidised schooling for promising students whose families do not have sufficient financial means, funded surgical operations for children affected with oesophagus burns (after accidentally drinking caustic acid), renovated a maternity ward in a hospital of the capital, granted its first micro-credit to a seamstress school teaching a trade to unwed mothers, and so on.

New roof built by FIAG for a local school

FIAG currently has approximately 50 members. Many have been able to witness the projects accomplished in Guinea through visits to the country and regular updates from its President, Dr. Maurizio Bagarani, who currently lives and works as a surgeon in Guinea. The association vows that every cent collected goes directly to fund its projects without intermediary or operational costs. A locally-appointed project manager is responsible for providing updates, pictures and financial reports.

Many more projects are being planned for the coming year, some requiring us to team up with other associations (joint ventures) in order to be able to secure sufficient means. We are grateful to the Canadian Club of Rome and are confident that, with its support during this upcoming season, FIAG will be able to carry out many worthy projects.

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