Gorgeous small village in southern France near the Spanish border … come & assist C.R.E.E.R please; crazy games for the whole family!
Music in the evening for the young, or a choral in the 11th century Abbey!
The charity, Zoe’s Ark had its founder & partner jailed this week for attempting to take 103 ‘Darfur’ Sudanese children to waiting new parents in France who had paid to receive their new adopted child.
But these children weren’t from Darfur but had families in Chad. AlJazeera has an excellent report of both sides of the argument; was it pure greed by these two or naivety?
http://aje.me/XFxl2q – Link to video of AlJazeera English report & discussion
On our Facebook page, the question was asked after the news broke as to whether it was a new form of child trafficking?
@AJEnglish (AlJazeera English) tweet 15-02-2013
However there are both sides to many stories of child trafficking …
One that broke yesterday was about a 14 year old girl in southern France from Cote d’Ivoire; found living in a house as a cleaner having been bought for 4,500€.
An African friend said when talking about this story that possibly the Ivorian family let their daughter go to France, envisaging a better future.
The same can be said of the death in 2000 of Victoria Adjo Climbié, a young Ivorian from Abobo, Abidjan who went to live with her aunt for a better life and to receive a better education than in Cote d’Ivoire. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Victoria_Climbi%C3%A9
Before setting up any NGO, or indeed any business organisation; research must be done. AlJazeera continue their discussion in the report, in regards to some of the other ‘goodwill’ NGO projects that have previously hit Africa that went terribly wrong, due to the lack of research.
C.R.E.E.R has talked to many experts including a specialist holding a doctorate on the subject who advises us. We’ve talked to the authorities at government and regional level in Cote d’Ivoire. Our Ivorian Director is already known for his responsibility with children in his previous role and one of our French board members works in child protection in France. We are very aware of our role in being responsible for children.
Frankie is a force to be reckoned with … he gives as good as he gets!
How he’ll get on in Cote d’Ivoire is anyone’s guess, but he’s already ‘au fait’ with Ivorian culture to an extent!
He built a house near Marseille for the world famous footballer Didier Drogba, an Ivorian himself. However, the house was initially built for another man but rented it to Drogba who loved it so much, he bought it!
So we have the claim to having Drogba’s builder! Frankie did spend an afternoon talking to Didier about the pool tiles whilst surrounded by an entourage of assistants.
However, this time Frankie will be managing the project & learning from Ivorian builders, bringing in new sustainable ideas & giving it the ‘Drogba’ seal of approval. Frankie doesn’t cut corners & will ensure that the building is fit for purpose.
Spanish by name, English by birth, German by residence, he also (luckily for us) speaks French! We can’t wait to realise the project with Drogba’s builder overseeing it all!
It's too late to stop now!
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