December 2017

A new challenge for Kito Onlus and Architects Without Borders Veneto!

Following the earthquakes that violently hit Central Italy in August and October 2016 the municipality of Caldarola, in province of Macerata, ended up severely damaged. 60% of the urban territory  was declared red zone and the whole community was shocked. Gladly there were no victims but over 800 (on a total amount of of 1,900) local inhabitants were forced to move to hotels on the coast of the Marches, being impossible for them to keep living in Caldarola.

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Today the situation remains complex in Caldarola, not only from a material and a structural point of view but also on a social level and for every age group. Because of the seismic events elderly people lost what they have been building during their entire life, younger people were forced to find a better place to live in and for what it concerns the youngest kids it is enough to remember that they have a container instead of a kindergarten.

Since the beginning, the administration of Caldarola has been committed to give back to the community the present and the future it deserves and it has already benefit from the help offered by different associations. But since Caldarola is a little community, it has always lacked of mediatic visibility and support on a national level. Therefore, the mayor of Caldarola contacted Kito Onlus looking for help. Clearly, we didn’t turn our back! And Architects Without Borders Veneto, our partners in the project of reconstruction of the Banilad school in the Philippines, enthusiastically joined us for a new collaboration! Together the two organizations started to design the construction of a 1,400 sq.m. polyfunctional structure in lamellar beams, following the community’s needs and criteria of environmental sustainability, a unity meant to be operative in the long term, even after the historical center of the municipality is rebuilt. The construction of the structure is going to take place in a housing area that is external to the first necleus of houses and near to a place that is already set up for kids to play. The center aims to be a place for the promotion of activities and laboratories with the involvement of local associations especially dealing  with adolescents, with the aim of making young people an active part of the reconstruction project and an element of continuity in the life of Caldarola.

In post-emergency moments like those generated by natural disasters is important to assure the presence of places for social aggregation, in order for the social fabric to stay strong and be regenerated by communitarian moments able to accelerate the post-traumatic recover and to give back to citizens trust in their territories.

Kito Onlus and Architects Without Borders have already started to successfully collect funds for this project and at this regard we thank once again the participants of the Kito Christmas Dinner for the solidarity they have shown! We still need support though, in order for this project to be realized starting from 2018. Would you like to help us? You can do it with a donation through credit card, PayPal or bank transfer.

Every contribution is precious!

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Climate Change: Kito Onlus’ answer

During the last days Paul Nicklen’s photo of a polar bear starving to death in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago provoked sadness and anger. It is indeed a symbol of the effects of climate change, that are destroying natural habitats, and that recalling the words of the photographer can help to “break down the walls of apathy”. Because there are solutions, “we must reduce our carbon footprint, eat the right food, stop cutting down our forests, and begin putting the Earth — our home — first”.

Today, 12 December 2017, global solutions will be actually discussed. After two years from the Paris Agreement of Climate Change, French President Emmanuel Macron, the President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, and the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, are meeting in Paris to discuss upon climate change: the One Planet Summit is today the moment for world leaders, but also for those working in private and public finance, to talk about the global efforts that are necessary in order to take action against climate change, whose consequences do impact the entire planet but have in different ways – not only among different world regions, but also within the same community. A recent document by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs, about climate change and social inequality shows the presence of a vicious cycle: inequality cause the most vulnerable groups to disproportionally suffer from climate change and this brings even more inequality. When the effects of climate change intersect with those of conflicts, consequences are even worse. For instance in Mindanao in the Philippines, a place hit by social and ethnic hostilities and by an increase number of typhoons and droughts, poverty and loss of land cause food insecurity. Women and girls in particular suffer from this situation because, since they can find a job more easily than men, they are forced to move away to seek for an occupation and migrating in times of conflict can be risky because of human beings trafficking, sexual abuse and exploitation.

Kito Onlus knows by direct experience how much the Philippines are vulnerable when it comes to climate change. Acknowledging that, it works in order to integrate into the projects a particular attention to environmental issues and the most vulnerable people. It does so by building energetically sustainable structures, by promoting the use of local workforce and resources, by favoring and encouraging the occupation of women, by fighting the waste. To have an example of Kito Onlus’ modus operandi, read here how it built a structure that is an example of green building!

And to conclude, just remember, we only have one planet and no plan B.

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Waiting for Human Rights Day

December 10 is Human Rights Day. It happens sometimes that we are reminded of an international celebration that very same day and we miss some good opportunities. That is why we remind you of Human Rights Day ten days earlier the official date, so that you have all the time to prepare, reflect upon and organize in order to take part to events and activities promoted by the UN in occasion of the anniversay of the Universal Declaration of human rights (1948). That’s right, on December 10 we celebrate the day the UN General Assembly adopted the document that, by using the words of professor and defender of human rights Antonio Papisca, “contains the ‘genetic code’ of a juridical, political and cultural revolution” (translated from here), since it inspired human rights’ Conventions that are part of the new International Law. The Declaration is also the most widely translated document, since you can find it in more than 500 languages. To read it in English you can click here.

Sometimes it is common to think that human rights are something that regards “others”, like people living in far away countries, migrant people and refugees.  Still, human rights by definition belong to the human family as a whole. They are always something that concerns us all. The official hashtag for human rights day, #StandUp4HumanRights, reminds us of our duty to protect and promote the human rights of all.

Kito Onlus staff takes advantage of this occasion in order to reaffirm its commitment towards human rights. Our activities especially concern with the right to have an education, by rebuilding schools like the one in Banilad, and the right to an adequate standard of living, for example by providing sanitary support to the communities we work in. But we do not stop here. Our latest project concerns the construction of a polyfunctional center in Caldarola, a municipality in Macerata that was severely damaged by the earthquake that hit the Central Italy in 2015. There, together with Architects Without Borders, we aim at creating a place where young people can meet and have fun while being and feeling safe. If you would like to be a part of the project you could participate in our crowdfunding christmas dinner, buy our 2018 Calendar, or simply donate here on our website!

Your support is fundamental.

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