To build a peaceful future
Unfortunately, COOPI has seen many wars.
From Somalia to the massacres in Rwanda, the never ending war in Congo, in the Balkans, to the Middle East: COOPI operators have been subject to incredible situations side by side of the most exposed populations.
Therefore, we know those who fight, both in various armies and in irregular groups, and we know that in modern wars the highest price is not paid by these fighters, but by the civilian population itself.
Wars are terrible just because they transform everyday activities into something heroic: let’s think about how many civilian victims have paid with their lives while waiting for their turn at the shop when buying bread, or simply when working in the fields. Despite the terrible situation, adults, however, are trained human beings with a wealth of experience. A child experiences these situations in an even more tragic way, due to the actual weakness of being a child. For this reason they are real warriors who must be supported.
Something as normal as going to school can mean crossing mined fields, challenging snipers, risking being kidnapped by irregular groups who want to enroll child soldiers. Or suffer from the reprisals of those who think that Western education is a sin, contrary to a fanatic religious belief.
This is why you will hear us say “Help a Warrior”. A child who studies in these conditions is a warrior, bravely fighting for his future.
For years COOPI has been supporting emergency education programs in countries affected by the war in the Middle East and in many African countries. Creating education in an emergency setting does not only mean to build schools or provide educational material, it means to grant full support and assistance to those who have to fight heroically to do something that is completely normal for our children:
going to school.
We are sure that you will want to be by our side in this choice of helping many little warriors to build a peaceful future.
Claudio Ceravolo – President COOPI Foundation