A flea market for Ethiopia: new ways of international solidarity
Description: The flea market in Imola is organized for more than 40 years and it is supported by many volunteers each year. Its aim is to raise funds for the mission of the Friars Minor Capuchin of Emilia-Romagna. This year the project is intended to support the Duga clinic and the community of the region of Dawro Konta (Ethiopia). In this region there are no state health structures and the only emergency facilities are small clinics founded by the Capuchin friars. The Duga clinic, run by Father Raffaello Del Debole, a missionary for 50 years in Ethiopia, is of great importance in Dawro Konta and needs funds to support the infrastructure, the training of health workers (nurses and doctors), medical materials and medicines.
Type of Work: The volunteers are going to support the setting up and the management of the flea market. First the volunteers should set the different areas (furniture, clothing, bikes, books, electrical equipment, etc.), and then they will be involved with the sales to the public. There will be also collections of objects in the towns nearby Imola. The working hours are from 9:00 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 18:30.
Study Theme: Regarding the study part there will be at least two educational meetings organized during the workcamp. Also, there will be a discussion about the Capuccinis missionary work and their activities in Ethiopia, Central African Republic, Turkey, Romania and Georgia.
Accommodation: Male and female volunteers will be accommodated in separate rooms that are equipped with beds and matresses. The volunteers should bring their own sheets or sleeping bags, personal hygiene materials and towels. There will be shared bathrooms that have been renovated a few years ago. The volunteers will not need to cook, as the monastery's cook will prepare the meals for all. They will have to wash the dishes and clean the kitchen after every meal. There is free WiFi. Respect for schedules and place is requested.
Language: The main language of the camp is English. However, during the flea market costumers might speak only Italian.
Requirements: Ability to live in community, respect for the rules, respect for the place and people, ability to adapt to the required work.
Approximate Location: Imola, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italia
Notes: The convent, where the camp is located, is close to the historical center of the city and to a shopping center. Internet is free but with time restrictions due to the high number of volunteers. The partner is a religious institution and moments for praying in their daily life are present. Those moments are not obligatory for SCI volunteers. Website: www.centromissionario.it ; Fanpage: Missioni dei Cappuccini dell'Emilia-Romagna