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LET US INTRODUCE OURSELVES

 

Arianna, president, arms and eyes of Support and Sustain Children.

Before being this, I am a restless woman, mother and companion, worker and dreamer. In the world I have always looked for poetry and silenced my anxiety in the ordinary day life

 

Then I met many eyes and many empty hands of children victims of the war and I understood my anxiety had found its way. In order to start helping these children more concretely, I and a group of friends founded Support and Sustain Children.

I am the most exposed person because I am the one who leaves monthly, but next to me there is a special team of women and men who devote themselves to this cause anonimously. Animated only by the desire to do their part.

I feel a real pain in thinking how many deaths of innocent children are consumed before our eyes, and the lack of comfort in their little lives hurts me like a knife. And in the same way this sends me forward, departure after departure. Often leaving my children, my dear ones, at home: certainly disoriented, but always my accomplices. This is my contribution: starting, looking for balance between “here and there”, and leaving my family at home.

My daily effort is to turn pain into action.

 

My name is Barbara and a couple of years ago I started with Arianna the adventure in the refugee camps on the Syrian Turkish border.

It was at the beginning a force that pushed me to look beyond what was my family and my work to try not to close my eyes to the immense tragedy that occurs at the borders of Europe. Since then the desire to remain involved, according to my time possibilities, has grown in this sharing of interests with the Group that has been forming.

The ideas, new goals, the moral support, the different points of view, give way to all of us to grow, explore new opportunities, broaden our horizons and not selfishly close ourselves in our own comfort by excluding a reality that unfortunately is uncomfortable but exists. This involves sacrifices, in terms of free time, time to devote to family, friends …. But what I have in return is deeper than any sacrifice on my part and the people around me.

 

 

My name is Guia and I am 43 years old. I was born in Bergamo where I live with Christian and Marilù. I work in Milan for a research institute on migrations and I have been part of SSCh since its birth. Being part of SSCh is joy and effort. It is hard to find the time, to organize the aid, to make removals at every flea market, to participate in meetings, to write projects late at night to raise funds. It is the joy to make the difference, to feed and warm up children who have lost everything. Joy of sharing my efforts and satisfaction with my friends.

Last year, pain entered my life with unprecedented strength. I lost my son Marco, a wonderful baby who left us before completing his fourth month of life. As often happens when tragic events occur, many things in one’s life become totally secondary. But SSCh was and remains one of my priorities.

Because helping others is helping oneself. It is to remember that we humans are all one and the same thing. It is not different from one’s own pain. It is to love the other as yourself. It is setting in motion its own best part so that the world becomes a better place.

 

 

 

 

Lidia called Holly, from Bergamo, I live and study International Relations in Padua. The relationship with SSCh was born almost two years ago, during the Christmas holidays. I wanted to do something rather than stayng put while millions of children saw their parents die, they saw their childhood pulverized by lead and phosphorus. This was no good for me, I felt the need to react. So during that vacation, I met Arianna and she told me about her project and gave me the chance to be part of it. What hurts me most is how the situation of these children is overshadowed by interests, is accepted by most people . It hurts me that few people try to get information, to have a more complete view of the situation, while often the information seems to turn into a mere stadium fans support.

My biggest contribution, last year in October. It was my birthday week and my friends were organizing a big party. When everything had been organized, Arianna proposed to go with her on a mission. I desired it for a long time and accepted immediately; when I told my friends, someone was hurt. Why go and risk your life? What would my presence change? I was not a doctor and I did not know Arabic, what would I have been useful for?

My biggest contribution, last year in October. It was my birthday week and my friends were organizing a big party. When everything had been organized, Arianna proposed to go with her on a mission. I desired it for a long time and accepted immediately; when I told my friends, someone was hurt. Why go and risk your life? What would my presence change? I was not a doctor and I did not know Arabic, what would I have been useful for?

 

 

It is not easy, I have a job and a family with 3 children and finding time is sometimes almost impossible, but the awareness of contributing to help other children less fortunate than mine repays me for everything.

The contribution I felt most significant was not to go to my children’s school party because I had already promised my presence to attend a fundraising event for SSCh.

It is not easy, I have a job and a family with 3 children and finding time is sometimes almost impossible, but the awareness of contributing to help other children less fortunate than mine repays me for everything.

The contribution I felt most significant was not to go to my children’s school party because I had already promised my presence to attend a fundraising event for SSCh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Maria Teresa and I am Gianluca’s mother. An adorable five years old, happy and thirsty for life.

They say he resembles me, always enthusiastic, happy, but anyway with a melancholic note in the background, due, I think, to a natural inclination towards listening and understanding others, trying to solve everyone’s troubles … I smile … it’s not the first time I talk about him to talk about myself!

Always running, like all mothers and professionals of today, always away from home, for work, sport, friends, more generally relationships … with others … the others again!

About a year and a half ago, a colleague, Gaia, told me about SSCh and about the situation in the refugee camps that the committee is taking care of. The condition in which these people are forced to live is horrible, especially children like my Gianluca.

 

The deep pain, the desperation for what happens in places relatively close to us, to children and women like us, turns immediately into a desire to do and concreteness. Approaching SSCh was the natural consequence of this inclination, I found a group of hearts able to engage and fight to help concretely the less fortunate, setting aside the frenetic daily life and finding time to devote.

 

I help as I can, always with deep enthusiasm, above all by ensuring presence and two hands ready to get busy at crowdfunding events and markets in order to finance the SSCH missions and projects.

My biggest success? The happy eyes of my child who, during a market for SSCH fundraising, runs towards me with some coins screaming “Mum, mum I sold my books of Peppa Pig, look they gave me these for Syrian children, put them there (indicating the money box) “.

 

 

 

Simone, IT engineer. I’ve known Arianna for many years, since we were colleagues in the same company, long before Support and Sustain Children was conceived.

It is through her that I met the association, seeing the efforts and commitment that she put into helping human beings who would have no hope, because abandoned by everything and everyone.

An objective that anyone, including me, would have considered a fight against windmills, without any chance of success. But despite everything, despite the difficulties and obstacles of every kind that have arisen from time to time, an objective instead possible.

It is not often easy for me to be able to follow the group. I have no children, so even before becoming a member I saturated every corner of my life with everything I could put into it, according to my passions and inclinations.

If I had worried about reconciling everything, I wouldn’t have started, I simply just threw myself in as much as my messy life allowed me, and when there is a need, I try to dedicate all the time possible in order to do what I owe to the committee … and then again, if the other volunteers who are mothers, wives and have a full-time job succeed…

 

 

 

 

 

Mohamed, counsellor, translator and “cultural intermediary” of Support and Sustain Children. Italian of Moroccan origin.

I live a life quite “simple”: my job is to draw mechanical components, I am a husband and soon, if God allows it, I will also become a father.

I have always felt the cause of the weakest, especially those who live or flee from war situations.

In trying to give vent to this sense of “uselessness” towards them, I had the opportunity to meet some of the Support and Sustain Children’s colleagues, and slowly an incredible team was formed, of passionate and trustworthy people, of whom I remain more and more amazed.

My support is mainly related to intermediation with some people who are directly and continuously helped by the committee.

I have actively participated in different missions, and that little drop in the ocean that we can bring, through donations, helps to alleviate the sense of uselessness that I mentioned before, but above all it helps them, allows them to eat, to dress, not to be cold, to treat illnesses.

The hope is not to leave for war zones anymore, not to translate more sentences like “We have not eaten for days, can you help us?”, And perhaps to dedicate ourselves to less dramatic situations than those we find when we are on a mission.

My hope is that peace reigns throughout the world.

 

 

I’m Maruska, I live in a small mountain village in the province of Bergamo, I’m very tied to the land where I grew up and I work as a full-time employee for an internet provider.

I have been part of the committee since its birth thanks to the mothers I already knew as Arianna, Guia, Margherita and Gaia and with whom we shared the desire to help the children victims of the war in Syria.

When I look at the eyes of those children in the camps we help, it hurts me that they are helpless, that even their parents, if they are lucky enough to have them, can not provide for their primary needs … and my constant desire is to want to help those parents to feel less powerless in the face of this drama, because, after all, we could have been in their place.

Within Support and Sustain Children I take care of collecting the material that our supporters send us, the preparation of luggage for the various missions and the preparation of flyers for our events.