Many of the people, from all over the world, that I’ve been lucky enough to meet, gave me something back… much more than I could expect. Our so-called first world has a different value after one of this trips. Although one may miss the “tomato bread” when travelling …once back you miss, among many things, the smile of children. Those of you who had the fortune to see the smile of a child from Africa, that is priceless… will never forget.
We could list hundreds of stories, moments of generous hospitality, sharing their minimum food just to enjoy our company. Unfortunately, it could be easier to die in the middle of a square of a large western city, with the indifference of others, than in the middle of the African savannah, in the so-called Third World. There, you will always find a hand to hold on.
After all these years of receiving their generous hospitality, I feel the time has come to help. A small help that allows to the fact that some of these children get education. I believe that Africa has to be raised through their locals, and we must help them to exploit their own resources. Not as many governments and non profit organizations, that give but do not teach. And when they have nothing to give… it all starts from scratch.
The children of the villages located far from urban areas of Mali, in the best of the cases, have one teacher for every hundred or two hundred children of all ages, insufficient school supplies, up to a blackboard, one or two textbooks for all, a notebook, and little else … No buildings. They work sitting on the ground.
This is what we have seen traveling to Cameron, Niger, Ethiopia, Burkina, Senegal, Mali, or in places like Nigeria, Sudan, etc…
The project that I started in 2006 with the help of friends and travelers is to:
BUILD AND SET UP SCHOOLS
and so we founded the ASSOCIACIO SOLIDARIA ESCOLES DOGONS (ASED)
… Whereby we help more than 250 children to go to school in Fetendotti, Seguendorou and Dougoussa.
(It is well understood that all contributions are fully funding the project, we have no phone, no personal or anything that could divert a single euro, we are all volunteers selfless and all travel expenses were always by each volunteer).
Fotos Elena Roig i Antoni Tarragón
HOW IT WORKS
HOW IT WAS BUILT
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