On Saturday, July 1, 2017, the population of Poggio Alla Croce increased by 17%. Thirty African and Asian refugees arrived
, and these young men are now living in a refurbished hotel near the town square. The villagers were not consulted on this surge in their population and they are openly divided about the new residents.
Because I’m a frequent visitor to Poggio, I’m conscripted to be part of the twice-weekly tutoring program my friends, Andreas Formiconi and Elettra Fanfani, initiated to help these young men learn Italian in the basement of the local church.These young men need internet access in their makeshift classroom so they can have access to educational materials and be able to communicate with their faraway families.
If we can raise 800 Canadian Dollars
, we can pay for internet access for an entire year! It will make a real difference in the lives of these young men who must learn Italian in order to survive
Note: The tutoring program is but a small part of Andreas Formiconi’s (along with other volunteers)
much larger project. His goal is to bring people and things together to solve problems. For example, a retired person with many competent skills may no longer feel useful. Here he or she can find a place and become a resource in the tutoring program.