The first project of the Foundation Cariello Corbino is the Gazelles de Silvana – an Orphanage in Rugeri – Nord Kivu, in Congo Democratic Republic.
A few years ago Passy Mahono, a congolese medicine student who has witnessed the brutality of the creeping civil war of the area, decided to quit University to shelter the orphans in the area around Rugeri, 2 hours of dirt road from Goma, close to Virunga National Park. She set up a little association “Organisation Gazelles pour la vie de Tous – OGVT”, and basically helped the kids with no resources but faith and local community help.
In 2015, she met Marlene Zähner, a Swiss philanthropist (president of Dodobhati foundation) who created and funded Congo’s first man-trailing program in Virunga National Park using bloodhounds. Marlene started helping Passy’s kids and the living conditions of the orphanage improved a lot. But there’s still so much to do: the orphanage is not in a very safe area and the orphans are now 58 and have all kinds of necessity!
That’s where the Foundation Cariello Corbino starts its work: we want to move the orphanage in an area closer to the Virunga National Park borders, right outside one of the Park “doors” by the Virunga Lodge – a much safer area – and we are going to build a safe, solid, modern Institute which will include dormitories, classrooms, playgrounds, labs, for a total of some 450 square meters. It will be a pilot project for the area. The project will cost some 150.000 USD; if it meets the Park standards, 50% of the costs will be covered by the Virunga Alliance, a Public Private Partneship of the Virunga Park that devotes 30% of its revenues from tourism to community projects.
Please, help us supporting the Gazelles’ dreams to enjoy a safer present and a brighter future: everyone deserves to dream!