What we do

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Our spheres of operation in the South and in the North

In the Southern and Northern world Cesvitem is committed to four principal spheres of activity: in developing countries, we engage in long-distance support and international co-operation projects; and, in Italy, we teach about development and we offer help to immigrant people. There follows a brief introduction to each sector. For more detail please click on the link in the “Learn More” panel.

Long-distance support

Long-distance support is a form of solidarity in which we seek to improve the quality of life for infants and children in developing countries without undermining their socio-cultural context and family life. Those who sponsor such projects offer these children concrete support in basic areas of human dignity (education, healthcare, nutrition and birth registration), giving them the chance to become active participants in the growth of their country. Through long-distance support projects Cesvitem has helped about 10,000 children. Currently, there are six projects in progress from Peru to Mozambique supporting a total of about 3,600 children.

Projects of co-operation

Because we believe that there is no authentic social justice in the absence of development, Cesvitem has carried out over 100 projects of solidarity and co-operation in 11 countries in Africa, South America and Asia. Such initiatives, completed in collaboration with local not-for-profit organizations, are a response to real needs identified by the people of developing countries through their representatives. A central purpose of the projects, in a number of spheres of activity, is to make the most of local human and cultural resources.

Education on development

Education on development represents an important instrument of consciousness-raising and training on the problems and needs of the populations of the Southern world. To this end, Cesvitem is actively present in Italian schools with training courses for teachers and classroom workshops for each grade at both primary and secondary level. It is also present in the wider community through the organization of initiatives and cultural events aimed at fostering a new way of thinking about our approach to international co-operation.