Following an assessment mission in March, the Monaco Red Cross has identified the project in which it will take part with the €170,000 of donations received following the earthquakes that hit the Abruzzo region in 2016 and the beginning of this year.

To understand the tragedy that the inhabitants of the l’Aquila region have been through, we must realise that seismic tremors of a high amplitude are frequent there.

In 2009, then in 2016 on 4 occasions, these tremors had a devastating effect on both the morale of the inhabitants and their homes. Some villages seem to have been literally razed from the landscape, as if they had been struck by aerial bombing.

The Italian Red Cross has received many donations thanks to which it has deployed all its energy to local communities in order to rebuild public buildings (schools, retirement homes, healthcare facilities, sports and cultural…) taking into consideration the historical, psychological and socio-economic aspects of the potential projects.

 

The Monaco Red Cross has always provided substantial support around the Principality, whether in France, following the severe weather conditions in 2015 or after the Nice terror attack in 2016; but also in Italy.

 

In 2009, following the earthquake in l’Aquila, which resulted in a death toll of over 300 people, a temporary village consisting of fifty or so wooden houses was set up by the Italian Red Cross with support from the Monaco Red Cross and other partners.  Today, this is a peaceful residential area. A day-care centre and church have been built and all the buildings in this district have resisted the recent tremors.

A new school for a town with 5,000 inhabitants

Having been approached by Mrs Valeria Fedeli, the Italian Minister of National Education, the Italian Red Cross quickly understood the extent of the need to rebuild the school in the town of Isola Del Gran Sasso, where gaping holes in the yard and in some of the classrooms have forced the authorities to evacuate it.

Consequently, for the current academic year, 323 pupils from primary and secondary school are sharing the premises of the old primary school in the town centre, which was also damaged by the earthquake. The municipality has therefore decided to build a new complex within the immediate vicinity of the old town, for which plans for a prefabricated anti-seismic wood and steel structure have been produced.

With a contribution amounting to 170,000 Euros, making it the primary funder, the Monaco Red Cross has once again demonstrated to its Italian counterpart its commitment to those in need thanks to the unfailing generosity of the inhabitants of the Principality and the surrounding region.

 

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