Xlestrade has recently met Marilena Lingua, the current president of Insieme per L’India Onlus organization.
Insieme per l’India Onlus, is located in Fossano (Cuneo) and it has been established in 2009. Actually, as Marilena told us, she and her husband have been knowing the lacking situation of India since 1988, during the adoption of their two children. In this way, they started Mangalore children distance adoption in the State of Karnataka (south-west India). Later, after their seventeen-year son’s death in an accident in 2004, a petition to his memory allowed the construction of a school in Hubli.
The establishment of this association took place in order to make official the task and the projects already achieved. Consider how they started, just few people doing voluntary in India every year.
The main projects assisted by the organization are:
cooperation with the nuns of Maria Bambina, in several institutes (Bhalki, Mundgod, Mangalore, Mumbai) for sewing classes and home economics;
225 children distance adoptions;
cooperation with Community Seva Centre (CSC NGO) for construction and retention of a boarding school in the village of Pulluvapady – located in Kalvarayan Hills forests – Tamil Nadu;
yearly economic support to a treatment centre for cancer patients and mentally disabled people in Mangalore, Karnataka;
construction of wells.
In the near future, Insieme per L’India Onlus is focused on the end of works in Pulluvapady school and on finding resources for the next retention.
For this reason, in order to sustain funds gathering, they are encouraging the project Un mattone per Pulluvapady, that is the virtual purchase of a 10 euro brick. In this way, everyone can contribute.
According to the activities of Insieme per l’India Onlus in Italy, the association is operating in several schools in Fossano and in the district of Cuneo. Furthermore, it collaborates with a cooperative society from Cambiano organizing plastics stopper gathering and, once in a year, The Walk for India in the suburb of San Lorenzo (Fossano). In addiction, the association organizes funds gathering, Easter eggs purchase, rice purchase, Indian-course meal, etc…
The promotional material is printed by the contribution of Cassa di Risparmio di Fossano.
Concerning co-operation, Marilena states that new associates are welcome. However, potential co-operation in India will be considered as voluntary work and should be self-supporting.
Finally, Xlestrade asked Marilena to leave a message.
The message is an Indian saying, quoted also by Dominique Lapierre: “Poverty taught me what is not given is lost”.
Thanks Insieme per l’India Onlus for your contribute and friendship! Today, we fill up our bag with virtual bricks: the building of the net goes on and there are still many others bricks to “pick up”.