March 2019
Pistorio Foundation Newsletter
OUR RESULTS
  • 513 Students have attained a Professional School Degree
  • Over 45 Infrastructure Projects have been completed
  • Over 32 Village Communities have benefitted
  • For every 1$ donation, 1$ is devolved to projects benefiting children in need
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Dear Friends,

As per my "Letter from the Founder" on our website,  http://www.pistoriofoundation.org/from-the-founder/ , since the 1980s, I have claimed that the three biggest challenges facing humanity are Global Warming, Population Growth, and Wealth Inequality. Recently, of these, Global Warming has now become the most urgent problem and has engendered a Climate Emergency. Signatory countries have done little since the Paris Agreement, and CO2 emissions continue to rise. The last four years have been the hottest ever recorded by man, with 2018 being the hottest throughout the entire year. Extreme weather conditions have intensified, with tremendous social and economic impacts. In 2018, in the US alone, there have been 14 separate billion dollar disaster events, including wildfires, tornadoes, storms, and droughts, and many parts of the world have been affected by such phenomena. Temperatures have risen by about 1 degree since pre-industrial times. At current rates of increase, temperatures will rise above 1.5 degrees between 2030 and 2050.  In the recent IPCC Report "1,5 Global Warming"( https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/sites/2/2018/07/SR15_SPM_version_stand_alone_LR.pdf ) leading world scientists unanimously agree that we cannot pass beyond the threshold of 1,5 degrees, as it would lead to an irreversible point of no return with unprecedented extreme weather conditions, melting of ice caps, acidification of water, and feedback mechanisms that would endanger our food supply and life on earth, and lead to rises in sea levels threatening the disappearance of coastal cities and the displacement of hundreds of millions of climate refugees.   Scientist have calculated that we have only 11 years to implement measures to reduce CO2 emissions by 50% by 2030.
 
The good news is that there is still some time, however little, to act. In my blogpost, I outline how individuals, industry and governments can effectively tackle climate change http://pasqualepistorio.blogspot.com/. It is imperative that we act immediately and change our habits and behaviours to save the planet.
 
A recent student-led movement, Fridays for Future, inspired by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, since last December has brought together families and civil society, in more than 70 countries, to protest every Friday so that governments commit to climate action. The Pistorio Foundation stands in support of the movement and of the Global Climate Strike of March 15. ( www.fridaysforfuture.org ). Protesting is a form of action, and it is necessary to raise awareness on the fact that we are in a Climate Crisis, and as Greta says, to "treat it as a crisis". We need to "pull the emergency break", stop extracting oil which is still being extracted at a rate of 100 million barrels a day, and radically change the way we think and behave.

Without a Planet there is no future for anybody . The worst hit victims of climate change are women and children living in poverty. Today's youth is the first generation that has grown up with the effects of climate change, and will have to deal with this problem, created by past generations, all their lives. Climate Change is everybody's concern and everyone's responsibility, let's be united for climate and for our youth.



Sincerely,


Pasquale Pistorio


News from Morocco Project
Since 2009, the Pistorio Foundation has partnered with the Azrou Center for Community Development to tackle the socio-economic reality of marginalized children within the city of Azrou and its surrounding region. The project takes care of children who have dropped out of school, both in urban and rural settings. One of the peculiarities of this program is its flexibility in terms of pedagogical management: it allows children who face serious constraints in accessing public schools, to benefit from unique educational opportunities to become once again successful learners and regain self-esteem and hope. Students thus will be able to become productive and fulfilled members of society, with the necessary tools and resources to face the difficulties of life.
The Non Formal Education program allows students to catch up in core courses, while at the same time do workshops to develop skills should they wish to enroll in the public professional schools, such as tailoring and carpentry. At our school, they are able to complete course programs and take state examinations that allow them after a two year period to be reinserted in the public school system.
An important part of this project that has proved to impact significantly children's learning and behavior, are the many extracurricular activities that help them to thrive and eventually integrate more easily into the socio-cultural and professional world. Recently, the Centre organized an outing to Al Akhawayn University, visiting also the Mohamed VI library where they were given explanations on the different resources available. They also enjoyed outdoor sports activities and lunch at the university 's restaurant.
A second recreational outing in the form of a picnic was organized at the town of Ifrane, precisely at the Source Vittel and its beautiful countryside. Surrounded by nature, the children engaged in recreational activities led by animators. The students brought their lunch prepared by the school's cook who also accompanied them during the recreation tour.
And as part of students' socio-cultural development, the school held a friendly cultural knowledge competition. They also received their mid-term school report cards during this activity and the best prizes were awarded to the top three students in each grade level.


From our Beneficiaries

Among some of the best students over the past two years from Morocco are Fatima  and Ahmed.

Fatima is 15 years old and is a very brilliant student.  She had to drop out of school to take care of her younger sister (5 years old) to allow her mother to go to work. She accessed then the Azrou Centre, where she can bring her sister into the classroom so that she can attend her courses and plans to be reintegrated back into public school.





Ahmed successf ully pursued last year his apprenticeship at the Azrou Centre in the presence of his grandmother in the classroom. Mohamed had suffered from violence in his former school before joining the Centre and agreed to join the Azrou school o nly if his grandmother could come with him. This year he is going to be reinserted into the formal school system in a new school and he has now the confidence and desire to do so.

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