In Africa, the notion of time is not identical to
Each passing day belongs to itself, to-morrow belongs
to to-morrow and does not go any further. Projection in time is an hazardous
notion which means nothing. Children don't even have time to go to school,
or rather they have time only to go cultivate their fields, to look after
younger brothers and sisters, to carry out domestic chores...
But for Aide et Action in Africa, India and Haïti,
putting time aside makes it possible to educate a child. A gift from a
sponsor becomes the time of a promise, the time of a child who learns,
of a face which brightens up.
Time, this immaterial gift, as precious as the
chalk which draws the first words on the slate, time makes it possible
for the local communities to understand our approach, to accept us. Time
makes it possible for our action to bloom. It allows us to better understand
the culture in which we immerse ourselves, to proceed slowly together with
a feeling of mutual respect.
Take time to think about it...time is not the same
for each of us, but to all of us it gives a chance of doing great things.
Or we can waste it and do nothing of it
- In your opinion, to take the time to watch a child
grow, to take the time to walk at his side for part of the way, is it not
something great ?
- It is little by little that hopes come true. Small things lead to big
ones. Take the time to hold out your hand to a child... !
- AIDE ET ACTION
TIME FOR SCHOOL
- Today, more than 130 millions children have no
access to school ! Fifty years after the signature of the Declaration of
Human Rights, we all know that much remain to be done and that one of the
first rights of children is the right to a truly child's life, the right
to go to school !
- A mission for Aide et Action : primary schooling
- An objective: to bring to school one million children before the year
- Since it was launched in 1981, Aide et Action
operates in Africa, India and Haïti where it creates a momentum for
schooling almost exclusively in rural areas. However, building schools
is not enough... they must be filled. Children must come and stay ! In
the last 17 years, close to 700 000 children have thus gone to school.
- Acting locally means building schools with their equipment, but also
training teachers, providing school books and pens, launching practical
activities such as kitchen gardens, organizing canteens, sinking wells,
developing income-providing actions, building day-nurseries, teaching adults
- Such actions are made possible mainly through
sponsoring which provides most of the ressources available to our association.
Sponsoring is a privileged way to support, for 100 french francs per
month, a child's education. It is an act of solidarity which starts
a process of exchanges, of mutual respect, of understanding each other's
culture through correspondance and, sometimes, visits on the spot.
- Individuals but also communities and private firms
which support our programs are assured of a transparency recognized
by two awards, in 1990 and in 1995, of the Prix Cristal for financial
information bestowed by the National Company of Chartered Accountants.
- Education equals opening out and development.
This is not only words, it is the first step of a fight to avoid being
sucked down. It is what Aide et Action fights for on behalf of all these
children, girls and boys, who participate in the projects conducted for
their future and for the future of their communities.
- To help Aide et Action, to help children exercice their right to
schooling, a right every child is entitled to, is simple. Give a little
bit of your time, buy this time as you are invited to by the
fête de l'Internet and our host Fred Forest on his site, participate
in an act which already brought together the 52 000 sponsors of Aide
et Action, an act of generosity !
You can also reach us directly :
- Aide et Action, 53 bd de Charonne. 75545 Paris Cedex
- Tel : 01 55 25 70 00. Fax : 01 55 25 70 29
- N° Vert 0 800 000 586. E Mail aea (a) worldnet.fr
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