Mossa dallo spirito di iniziativa umanitaria, l’Associazione Italiana Studenti di Odontoiatria ha raggiunto un ulteriore ed esemplare traguardo di successo nella campagna benefica di raccolta fondi dallo slogan “Together we can make the difference for Nepal”, totalizzando 2773,39€ di donazioni!
I ringraziamenti vanno rivolti ai singoli componenti del direttivo AISO Nazionale che hanno fornito l’approvazione unanime riponendo la fiducia dell’associazione sulla proposta di un singolo; ai membri di ogni direttivo AISO locale che, con grande impegno, hanno calorosamente sostenuto ed incentivato questa iniziativa, sensibilizzando i soci a credere nell’animo puro della campagna abbracciata; a tutti coloro che orbitano attorno all’associazione e sono stati solidali alla nuova sfida portata avanti!
Un grazie sincero al Dr. Ajay Neupane, al Dr. Saru Thapa, a Manogya Battharai e a tutto il team di volontari dell’associazione Nepalese “Sairam Dental Care” che si sono prodigati sul campo, a favore delle popolazioni vittime del terremoto.
In veste di futuro membro del direttivo nazionale, di attuale membro del direttivo della sede locale AISO Chieti, ma prima di tutto di socio AISO, esprimo il mio personale senso di appartenenza e di orgoglio verso l’associazione che ho onore di rappresentare e rivolgo un grazie di cuore a chi ha creduto in questo progetto di beneficienza.
Sedi partecipanti all’iniziativa:
Napoli Federico II
Un ringraziamento speciale al nostro amico Paolo Gallesi che continua ad affiancare e sostenere il vero e puro spirito associativo dell’AISO!
Date: 3rd June 2015 Wednesday
Objective: Helping Children Tackle Post Earthquake Trauma
It has been over a month since the massive 7.9M earthquake hit Nepal
followed by numerous recurring aftershocks. As Nepal begins to
recover, homes will be rebuilt, the injured will begin to heal and
people's lives will resume to normal. But the psychological trauma
brought up by this tragic incident, especially amongst the children is
an important aspect that cannot be overlooked upon. We wanted to do
some activity to alleviate that psychological terror.
A school "SitaRam Madhyamik Vidhyalaya" (SitaRam Middle School),
located at the outskirt of Bharatpur had lost some infrastructural
(pre-primary block) after the earthquake. This school is located at a
popular pilgrimage location called Devaghat which adjoins three
districts of Nepal; Chitwan, Lumbini and Tanahun. Its unique location
attracts students from various inaccessible villages around its
periphery and beyond. The earthquake and its aftershocks traumatized
the students there. Especially the students in primary level (Classes
Nursery to Five) as they are more vulnerable to such trauma. Also,
since the school lost its pre-primary block, we wanted to help them
We reached there with student kits like school bags, note copies,
pencil sets, sketch pens and several hygienic products like
toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, comb, nailcutter and ear cleaner. We
distributed these kits to 104 students studying from class Nursery to
five. Also we provide the school a total of 111 'Jastapatas' (Metallic
Sheets to build school roofs) which were handed to the school
Following a short formal introductory program, we started the
distribution of the student kits. Some of the students had very sad
stories to share. Students from several affected regions of Nepal
studied there. They were happy to receive new bags and other
stationary. After the distribution of the relief kit, we held a
drawing and painting session, where students could forget about their
woes and focus on some creative activities. The smiles upon their
faces were worth millions. They laughed, collaborated and had fun with
them, at least for a short while.
We would like to thank our adorable friend Lucas Queiroz Caponi, Italian
Association of Dental Students (AISO) and our sweetheart Lea Hoffmann
for their generous support to the people of Nepal."
Date: 5th June 2015 Wednesday
Objective: Helping Children Tackle Post Earthquake Trauma
In the five and a half hour journey from Chitwan to Sorpani, Gorkha, we had already seen lots of tragic sites. Lots of homes were cracked and lacked some walls or the entire roof. Even the police station was function from a temporary tent having lost the building to earthquake. These sights kept us reminding how Gorkha being the epicenter was hit hard by the earthquake.Upon arriving at Sorpani, after hours of extreme off-road drive, we were looking for the High School where we were supposed to meet the students. All we could see was debris and some blue tents. Turns out, the school was operating in tents. Students had classrooms surrounded by fallen bricks and mortars instead of solid walls. The sight was eye-watering. We met with the faculties and students of the school in the playground. Every direction we could watch, we saw what once was a school of those students. Bless the gods, that it was a Saturday(schools remain off), many of those students would have lost so much more if it was any other day. The students were terrified from the horrors they experiences for the last 40 days. They were truly traumatized. We distributed a total of 155 Bags, Copies, Pencil, Sketch Pens and hygiene kits ( Soap, Nail Cutter, Comb, Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste etc). We also handed over some footballs and volleyballs to the students. Following that, we trained them on dental hygiene. We also spent some time talking to them and understanding their problems. After we finished the high school, we took a U-turn and headed downhill. The second destination of the day was a primary school located on the foot of the same hill. About 36 students were waiting for us, they started jumping with joy when they saw us.These children were younger than the students from the high school we had just visited. After distributing the same relief kit to 36 students and 24 kits to the school administration for the students who were absent at the school, we shared some fruit juice and cake with them. It was the highlight of our day. The snacks with those kids will be something we will never forget. After having short snacks, we played some football with the children. They forgot the natures fury for a short while and enjoyed passing the ball around. Other activities like dancing and sketching was also positively received by the children. They were very happy to do something different for a change. Surprisingly enough, some of those kids were fabulous dancers. We danced along with them for a short while before we wished them good byes. We were sad to leave them, and they were sad to see us go. Gorkha was truly a unforgettable journey. Those kids and the times we spent with them is engraved in our memories…forever.
Our heartful thanks to our dear friend Lucas Queiroz Caponi and AISO for their valuable support.