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To all the friends and supporters of Alice Project ,

due to the fire last year was lost our mailing list . Some names have been recovered but others have been irretrievably lost .

For those who would like to receive the usual Christmas letter in hard copy , please send an e - mail to
luiginadebiasi@libero.it with :

Subject : Address for Christmas letter

Name, address , postcode .

Thank you for your continued support .

Luigina De Biasi
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Una brutta notizia: la mia stanza, quella di Luigina, la cucina dei residenti, l’ufficio attiguo, documenti, libri, alcuni risparmi… tutto e’ andato distrutto a causa di un corto circuito, questa notte. Per fortuna, tutti i bambini residenti che si trovavano nell’ostello sono salvi. L’incendio e’ scoppiato verso mezzanotte. A dare l’allarme, Luigina che si e’ salvata per miracolo. E’ stata svegliata dal calore del tetto che bruciava. Era ormai troppo tardi per cercare di salvare qualcosa. Bisogna dire che il nostro vivere “povero” ha aggravato la situazione. Infatti, il tetto delle nostre stanze era di paglia e ondulati. L’incendio si e’ propagato in poco tempo. Inutile ogni tentativo di spegnere le fiamme. Il generatore che avrebbe potuto attivare la pompa dell’acqua era non funzionante a causa dell’impianto elettrico andato in tilt. A poco sono serviti i secchi d’acqua portati dai bambini. Anche i vicini hanno tentato di aiutarci, ma erano troppo distanti dalla scuola. I vigili del fuoco sono arrivati dopo un’ora, giusto per spruzzare l’acqua sulle macerie. Un incidente annunciato. Infatti, da due mesi le monache del Tempio di Tara stavano pregando su suggerimento dei nostri Lama, che avevano “visto” pericoli gravi per le nostre scuole. Per questo, avevamo messo in sicurezza alcuni documenti importanti (relativi alla proprieta’ del terreno) e fatto una assicurazione, che servira’ a rendere meno grave il bilancio dei danni. Dunque, poteva accadere di peggio. Mettiamola sul positivo, anche se domani sara’ un giorno davvero triste, quando, alla luce del sole, si “conteranno” i danni e si cerchera’ tra le macerie qualcosa risparmiato dal fuoco. Luigina e’ rimasta solo con la vestaglia che indossava mentre era a letto. Io mi trovo a Bodhgaya, per fortuna, perche’ il fuoco sembra si sia sviluppato proprio dalla mia stanza. Non avrei avuto scampo. Chi conosce dove vivo sa che cosa voglio dire. Che dire? E’ troppo tardi per … pensare ed esprimere dei giudizi e delle emozioni. Meglio rimandare a domani.

Valentino

Bad News: my room, Luigina’s one, residents’ kitchen, offices, documents, books and savings… everything’s gone destroyed because of a short circuit, tonight. Luckily all the children and the residents of the hostel are safe. The fire occurred at midnight. It was Mrs. Luigina to give the alarm: she woke up because of the heat of her bed burning. It was already too late to try do something. Moreover the “poor” structure conditions of the roof made the situation more dangerous: our roof was composed by straw and metal sheet. The generator, which could help fighting the fire by activating water pumps went haywire. Water buckets used by our children were not enough. Also our neighbors tried to help us, but they were too far from the school. It was an accident waiting to happen: our Lamas “saw” dangerous things for our schools and two nouns were already praying for us. Our most important documents, such as land properties and our insurance – which will help us in reducing the damage – were put in a safe place time ago. Something worst could happen. Let’s look forward, even if tomorrow we will count the damages of the fire through the ruins, with the hope that we could still find something not destroyed by the fire. Mrs. Luigina only has a gown now, everything’s gone burnt. I am actually in Bodhgaya, fortunately, because it seems the fire started in right I my room. I wouldn’t have had any chance. Those who know where I live know what I mean. What to say? It’s too late to try to… to think and to express judgments and emotions. Better to send back to tomorrow…

                                                                                                                                                Valentino

 

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Cari amici e care amiche di Alice,

Questa lettera segna un evento speciale: vent’anni fa partì lavventura di Alice.

Grazie per il vostro sostegno.

Newsletter_Natale_2014

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THE PEDAGOGY OF RESPONSIBILITY

 

“Dear friends,
this newsletter is the result of an autonomous attempt by people that work in the office to
prepare a summary of the news in recent months. I preferred not to interfere in the choice of the
information to be reported, and photos as well. I think it’s the only way to make people responsible and
self-reliant. The next newsletter will certainly result better, less redundant, emphatic, long-winded (in
some subjects). I always argue that an educational institution should encourage maximum creativity and
the responsibility of the guests, to avoid the dependency syndrome (who are familiar with our mothers
in Italy, struggling, often with adult children still not self-sufficient ). Recently, an Italian psychologist,
voluntary, marveled herself that boys and girls of the hostel were “too independent”, with no full-time
staff following them. I asked her to let me know what it was, in reality, the problem: “There’ s the risk of
wasted food when they cook” she said.
“It ‘s true. But they cook their own breakfast, lunch and dinner, and no one complains. How much cost
the two cooks who had up to a year ago?” And then: “The residents are in need of staff to assist them.”
“In their villages are accustomed to being alone in the house all day, with responsibility of younger
brothers and sisters while parents work in the mountains …’ Why should I, as I say, regress them?
Without counting the cost of personnel and the difficulty to find qualified people for this role. It’s better
to educate guests to be totally responsible … “. One last note about this useful conversation: “How
many people work in the specialized care facility where you were employed?”. “Five professionals.” “For
how many guests … difficult?”. “Ten.” “Average wage?” “Twelve hundred euro.” I made a quick
comparison with our residents: 80 guests assisted by two or three people (and not full time).
With wages and contributions of the staff of that structure we could support the entire project of Alice
for a year (30 teachers, 800 students, 80 residents …). Miracle and benefits of … pedagogy of
responsibility.”
Valentino Giacomin

Continue…

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Hello Friends of Alice, the site has recently been updated, and if you want to read the news the past few years, you will find them stored in the page “PRESS & NEWS” in the section “NEWS – ARCHIVE” at the following link.
Thank you all for your support!

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