The hope of meeting again, one day, one’s family.
The hope of having a future and being able to give one to one’s own child.
This is the hope I want to talk to you about today.
Blessing’s story is similar to those of thousands of young Nigerian women who left their devastated country in search of a new beginning in Italy.
You might have heard about this, but always in more general terms. People talk about the “immigration problem”, boats full of desperate persons reaching our coast. Deaths at sea. The suffering of those who lived unspeakable experiences.
Maybe it’s easier not giving a face and a name to these people. Pain becomes one, and it seems smaller.
But Suor Rita Giaretta listened to the stories of each and every one of the young women whom she helped through Casa Rut and the Cooperativa NewHope.
Let’s take a step back. I first want to talk to you about Blessing.
Blessing left Nigeria hoping to find a job in Italy and help her family. It wasn’t a hope, but a promise. Made by cold-hearted people.
The travel towards the Libyan coast was the beginning of hell. Blessing suffered inhuman violence and abuses.
Then the sea crossing came, feeling hungry and terrified by a possible shipwreck.
The only thought to hold on to: madame’s words, who promised her a job in Italy. Once she arrived at her destination, the nightmare would end.
But this was not the case. Nor for Blessing, nor for thousands of young women victims of human trafficking.
Their fate is a life of slavery and violence, forced to prostitute themselves on the Italian streets. Like those of Caserta.
In Caserta Blessing found herself completely alone and dependent from her torturers. But thanks to Suor Rita, this painful place became the beginning of her rebirth.
Casa Rut was born in Caserta from the desire of the Orsoline nuns to open a shelter house for the young victims of human trafficking.
It started as a refuge for the women and their children, but it soon became something more.
A home, for sure, but also a family where everyone has a role and a set of responsibilities. The context of social integration and mutual aid gave a new hope to the women who lost everything in their lives. Even their own dignity.
But where does hope come from?
Suor Rita thinks that hope comes from freedom. And only with the economic and social independence that working can give, one can say to be truly free.
This is why Casa Rut founded the Cooperativa NewHope.
A tailoring workshop which allowed the young migrant women to have a new life: that of weavers of new hopes!
The Coop became a reference point for the whole city, where it opened a shop some time ago.
With the support of the Angelo Affinita Foundation, the young tailors of NewHope were able to improve their skills and develop new products.
All this thanks to:
- A basic tailoring professional course, led by experts in the field and teachers of the technical school Scuola La Tecnica, in Naples.
- Machinery for the realization of the products
- Raw materials for the realization of bags, household linen and clothes
Are you wondering if these actions brought to concrete results? The answer is: YES!
The Coop actively collaborates in several projects with schools, high schools and well-known associations, such as BEAWARENOW.
Recently, the girls also produced a high fashion design collection, to which also Gucci participated by giving remnants of fabric.
But there’s more. News that will blow you away!
Blessing has become the spokesperson of a social movement that fights human trafficking!
Her book Il coraggio della libertà had a great editorial success and increased the attention towards the issue of human trafficking in Italy!
This means that the Coop has started a social revolution on the whole territory.
Now I’m asking you: do you want to join this revolution? Do you want to change the lives of many young women and give them a real opportunity of rebirth through work?
Become a donator of the Angelo Affinita Foundation!
Together we can weave new hopes and a new life for young migrant women in need of help.
Angelo Affinita used to say: “A single person can make a difference”.
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