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Monday, February 10, 2014
She is Swiss, he is Brazilian, and both just recently married. In front of them, a dream: to share their talents with the poorest of the poor, also of a different culture. The family that opens up to the community where it finds itself.

We are not going to Africa to get to know the place, to be tourists, but to encounter a people”, Flavia and Valter wrote.

She is Swiss, she studied International Relations in Geneve and had worked for a few months at Bukas Palad Tagaytay, in the Philippines. Valter is a Brazilian journalist who just finished his Masters Degree in 2012 at the Sophia University Institute in Loppiano, Italy. In 2005 he went as a volunteer to Indonesia, six months after the tsunami that ravaged Southeast Asia.

Inspite of living on opposite ends of the Atlantic Ocean, they met in 2004 and were married eight years later.

Now they are leaving their security, projects, jobs... They will be going to spend a few months together with the community of the Focolare in Man, in sub-Saharan Africa, 600 km. west of the capital of the Ivory Coast, Abidjan. “To leave everything behind is not easy – they wrote – but we feel that this experience of total detachment makes us more free to live every moment in profundity, without looking back”.

In Man they will work in the Little City of the Movement, in a center for computer science and in  a center that works towards waging a war against malnutrition in hundreds of children.

“The fact that we are going there as a couple is an aspect that we would like to underline – Flavia wrote. Many people say that marriage imprisons you, forcing you to live a life based on the search for material security. We want to take up the challenge and show that it is possible together to open ourselves to the others”.

Meeting the African people has always been our dream – Valter added – but the many relationships that we have built has transformed our trip into an adventure that we would like to share with many of our friends. For them and for all the people who are interested to know more about the African continent, we had the idea to write a book of our experiences together with the photos to document them”.

“We would like everyone to participate in our adventure– concluded Flavia – and to offer the fruits of our experience: we believe  that the family is not only made by the bond of blood, but it contains all the relationships that are built together with the communities wherein we find ourselves”.

For those who would like to participate in this project they can make a donation and they will receive a “photo book” with their experience.

For more information:

https://www.facebook.com/juntosrumoaafrica.

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natasha

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 14:36

wow it s really somthing good ,that one day i wish to make!god bless them ,and to every one who have the experience to do volontry work through poverty.

Klesi

Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 00:05

Parabéns, estou com vocês e asseguro toda a minha unidade e orações. Klesi

Klesi

Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 00:04

Parabéns Flávia e Walter, estou unidíssima a vocês e certa que esta experiência será um dom para cada pessoa que de vocês se aproximar ou receber notícias. Vocês escolheram Deus e Ele será a bússola de suas vidas sempre. Klesi

CARMEM LEONORA

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 15:45

A CORAGEM DOS DOIS DE IREM AO ENCONTRO DE UM POVO NOS FAZ PENSAR NO NOSSO DIA A DIA, POIS FICAMOS MUITAS VEZES APEGADOS AO NOSSO MUNDO E ÀQUILO QUE A SOCIEDADE NOS IMPÕE. A EXPERIÊNCIA DELES TRARÁ MUITOS FRUTOS NÃO SÓ PARA ELES MAS PARA MUITAS PESSOAS QUE ENCONTRARÃO PELO CAMINHO..

Amanda

Monday, February 17, 2014 at 13:51

Uma linda história! Eis um exemplo concreto de fraternidade e caridade. Obrigada pela matéria.

Monika Gloria Kaddur

Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10:07

Bellissimo!!! Siamo con voi stando al nostro posto, però col cuore aperto e avendo (o cercando d’avere) ancoro un AMORE più
grande per tutti, tutti!
UNO
Fauzi+Gloria

Augustin Aba

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 20:29

Un grazie di cuore je suis de la cote D Ivoire j ai connu le movement en Italie je serai uni a vous dans mes prieres
Augustin Aba

Gustavo Monteiro

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 20:13

Tambem tive a oportunidade de conhece-los aqui em Montet (Suiça), onde estou fazendo uma experiencia parecida com a deles, no sentido de “deixar tudo para tras” para dedicar um pouco do tempo a Deus e a Sua Vontade.
Otima entrevista.
P.S.: Existe um erro de digitaçao no quinto paragrafo (“e em um outro atividade”).
Abraço!

Alexandre

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 14:11

Conheço a Flávia e Valter há muitos anos e sempre tive uma grande admiração pelo desapego e solidariedade em viver pelos outros.
São exemplos assim que edificam um mundo mais humano e justo.
“O que eu recebi de graça, também devo dar de graça”…
Parabéns pela iniciativa. Que outros sintam também a “realização” e o bem que é doar-se.

Alexandre