With the St. Francis School in Massawa, skilfully managed by Father Protasio of the Order of the Capuchin Friars, we dealt for the first time with "software" .... and not only in the broadest sense.
The school had been built. The 1000 boys and girls that attended it were already studying enthusiastically. But the hardware and software which should allow them to widen their skills and get to be more up to date with the times was still lackening.
Therefore we decided to donate 100 computers to the school and we sent a teacher. He transferred the latest know-how to the Eritrean teachers, who then transferred it to the students.
Father Protasio realized quite soon that our organization was open to any idea that could improve the conditions of access to education for children. And he proved to be right. When he asked us to buy 700 bikes for the school children enabling them to reach the school while living at several kilometres distance, the sportive hearts of our founders could not remain insensitive.
Indeed they liked the idea so much that it became a model that will be replicated in other "School with Sport" initiatives all inspired by the motto" mens sana in corpore sano ".
You can for sure imagine the joy of the children when they could eventually ride their new bikes through the streets of Massawa. Even the course on how to keep ithe bike in shape was a great success.
A school needs many equipments in order to allow students to be able to work well in the classroom and in the laboratories. That's why at the new cry for help by Father Protasio we were prompt to support them again.
But that time we got also a present. The children thanked us giving us some wonderful drawings that decorated our Christmas cards that year.
In 2013 the school becomes foundamental for the start of the "Sustainable Development by Water & Sun" project in Eritrea.
Students and teachers formed a working team, whom we trasferred desalination and decontamination techniques by solar radiations. The team committed to spread this knowledge in their country starting from Massawa and from the Dissè in the Dahlak Islands.
Football, volleyball, basketball, all team games so loved by Eritreans young people that they play barefoot and under the scorching sun. However, when the passion and talent are great and you want to participate in competitions you need to be equipped properly in Eritrea too.
For this reason Father Protasio asked us for the school's students clothing and footwear so that the St. Francis School could deploy male and female teams of these three sports too.
Thanks to the help of Milan Foundation, Piani of Bolzano Basket, Virtus Don Bosco of Bolzano and Maxi Sport of Aschaffenburg we could fulfill the desire of the students, so rewarding them for the engagement shown towards their community.