Today, to tell about Côte d’Ivoire, I introduce Giovanni and Paola.
Two great friends in offline life and sometimes they are also our fellow travelers. Yes. I know that you’ll be amazed and you’ll not believe, but there is someone who not only travels with us, but decided to do it a second time!
In addition to being great friends, they are also “atypical” travelers. They don’t only survived in this remote village in Africa, living with the same non-existent facility of the local population, but the most amazing thing is that their post, doesn’t talk about endless difficulties (which I guarantee there were!).
The report of their experience is a mix of positivity and joy which only two special people as they could write.
I leave you with them ant with their really amazing story. At the end of this post you’ll agree with me!
Why Ivory Coast?
The Granello di Senape is a voluntary organization that aims to help the poor countries of the South of the world, through the social growth of the people within their own culture and traditions.
The members of the organization are people of every social class and from various regions of Italy, who have joined forces in the name of a concrete solidarity and not delegated: for this they personally take care of the allocation and use of resources and funds employees, paying for itself the expenses necessary for their volunteer work.
In this way, almost all the money is collected for the solidarity initiatives (exactly 85%), the rest is for the organization which allows to realize.
Share: this word is all in the meaning of our trip to the Ivory Coast with the “Granello di Senape” no-profit organization.
No, we haven’t participated in the construction of new schools or wells, we haven’t improved the living conditions or the level of education of the village of Anyama Adjamé.
Ivory Coast dayli life
We lives by farmers with farmers, by workers with workers of attiekè (processing of manioc. Local feeding is based on manioca) …..
We partied with them, cooked and washed in their homes, in their backyards…
We lived by Ivorian between Ivorians, without wanting to be like them, but simply with them.
Share, in fact, it was our target and what we believe and we hope we have done.
Maybe it was better to support, a more concrete participate? Maybe, but sometimes worth more than the presence of Mary that the labored service of Martha. Sitting with them and taking their hands in silence …
Sharing is both simple and difficult, but allows us to understand better, to open our eyes to reality so different and distant as well as to our world.
Having running water in the home and wash the dishes of dozens of people in a basin or wash clothes in the pond at 15-minute walk (and wet cloths weigh a lot) to save water that, albeit intermittently, in any case out of the tap, helps to better understand the true value of this precious good…
Have the cell phone and use it only as a rubric for the hight cost to call and it’s better to buy a call to FCA 100 (€ 0.15) per minute from the shack down the street or go in person to whom should we talk, helps us to rethink to our communication skills, virtually unlimited, at our world without dialogue…
Also wait patiently with a smile in a bus. Long wait in a bus, because start time depends on when all the seats are occupied. To wait that the meetings start or restart several times the speech because in the meantime arrived somewhere else person, helps us to reflect on the centrality of the person. Not in fact about the time to be respected, the objective or the productivity to be achieved in the world measured only on the basis of efficiency and effectiveness…
No, it wasn’t an extraordinary experience, but an extraordinary way of life to the full everyday life, the simple life of every day, which is always repeated the same, there as here (because there are the basic necessities to dictate the rhythms of everyday work and there isn’t much space for a restful and relaxing when you have to take care of eight children, house and fields) but that is still alive and new, because new and authentics are relationships.
We haven’t brought technology, knowledge, money… we just brought our willingness and openness mind and in return we received a great lesson, sitting at school of the poor and simple; upon returning home from our backpacks came out a few dirty dress, some small souvenirs and an indelible memory of those who, in their poverty and simplicity, it has been able to accommodate with a smile, deeply convinced that every encounter is both a gift and a blessing.
One more thing we can’t forget: the “Hello” of children echoing from every corner as soon as we come out of the door, their races to be able to take at first our hands, or to fit into the frame of a photos, their shouts and laughter of an overwhelming and contagious happiness for the simply fact that we were there and we had time for them.
We haven’t brought games, sweets or colors… we were there with them and for them and it was more than enough. We really couldn’t ask better!
Giovanni and Paola
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