Lend a Hand.

Rome, Italy. Project temporarily suspended.

The project combines two former Nove Onlus’ initiatives – ‘Migrants in Training’, supporting asylum seekers, and ‘Lend a Hand to an Italian’, dedicated to vulnerable Italian families and individuals. It aims to offer training and job-opportunities to vulnerable people of any nationality, who need to achieve or to recover economic independence.

Lend a Hand started in January 2019. This was the year in Italy, according to ISTAT data, when absolute poverty touched 6,4% of families and relative poverty 11,4%. The organization provided a professional course to train 12 beneficiaries of eight different nationalities (Burkina Faso, Guinea, Italy, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria and Perú) as sous-chefs. The course was run by the ‘Il Faro, di Susanna Agnelli’ Foundation. At the end of the training, the beneficiaries were given paid internships, which broadened their employment prospects, allowing them to build on the skills acquired and to test them in a professional environment, as well as to introduce them to potential employers.

In Spring 2020, a new initiative of the ‘Lend a Hand’ project was planned, namely ‘PerCorsi e Mestieri’ – offering 15 needy Italian and foreigners a ‘canteen-attendant course’. Due to the lockdown following the Covid-19 pandemic, which heavily curtailed the possibilities for practical training and put many commercial sectors in crisis, the course was not activated and the project was temporarily suspended.

Operative partners: 13th and 15th Municipalities of Rome; Caritas; Casa delle Donne; Associazione I Diritti Civili nel 2000 – Salvabebè / Salvamamme; Cooperativa Sociale EtaBeta, Fondazione “Il Faro, di Susanna Agnelli”.

Sponsor: Comitato Iniziative per la Città (PIC).

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