International cooperation for development

Proyectos asistenciales en África

Africa projects

AID projects in Africa

The Foundation collaborates in the development of charitable projects on the African continent, which has one of the highest levels of poverty in the world. The projects are aimed at areas such as health, business and education, as means of developing societies through people. The Foundation maintains channels for development in Africa through diverse programs.

Etimoé and Makoré (Côte d’Ivoire)

The Etimoé y Makoré project was created with the dream of responding to the enormous need for the education of the children in surrounding neighborhoods, on the periphery of the city. It is an initiative of The Africa Initiative.

The Foundation promoted a Christmas fundraising campaign aimed at achieving a better future for the students of these two schools in Côte d’Ivoire. Côte d’Ivoire was a stable and prosperous country until the beginning of the 90s when a turbulent period began following a deep economic crisis that led to a coup d’état and a war in 2011 that left the country’s economic activity paralyzed. Some data that illustrate the situation of Côte d’Ivoire :

  • 56 years of life expectancy
  • More than 60% of the population lives in conditions of multidimensional poverty
  • 17% child malnutrition
  • 32% without access to drinking water
  • 45% illiteracy rate
  • 57% schooled

Both schools have been promoted by «Famille et Education,» a non-profit association.

The first meetings to explore the eventual promotion of both schools were held in 2004, and the opening took place in 2006.

The final goal of both schools is to educate boys and girls from the nursery school level until the end of the «Licée» stage, which ends at age 17. At that point, students can enter the university.

The schools are gradually being implemented, course by course. Currently, they have altogether some 450 students. When both schools reach their full performance and occupation, they will be educating about 3,000 boys and girls. In other words, at this time they have reached a level of around 15% of the creation and start-up of the total project.

For many years, they will need all the external help they can get to completely build and implement the schools. Some of the facilities are currently sufficient, but they will need to be expanded as the number of students grows. All the children eat at noon in the schools, in a simple dining room that now is outdoors, in a space protected by a simple metal cover.

Both schools occupy land of about 3 hectares, located in the municipality of Abatta, about 12 kilometers from the center of Abidjan. But from the center to Abatta, almost all the land has been urbanized.

Niger Foundation Hospital (Nigeria)

The Niger Foundation Hospital is a health center located in southeast Nigeria which carries out important mortality-prevention work among children and pregnant women in the province of Enugu.

The Foundation contributes funds to help the hospital, which treats cases that stem from infectious disease, lack of hygienic conditions, shortage of qualified professionals and insufficient public health funds. These problems arise in a very precarious socioeconomic context without a national healthcare system and with no access to potable water for a large portion of the population.

The roots of the hospital go back to 1993, when it was established as a non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the health needs of the local population. Since then, and thanks to the generous donations that the Niger Foundation Hospital has received, the facilities have steadily grown and improved. Over the years, it has also participated in diverse vaccination and infectious disease (malaria, AIDS, tuberculosis) prevention campaigns, in collaboration with international organizations.

Kimlea (Kenya)

Kimlea educational project was launched to improve the quality of life of women and young girls who work on coffee and tea plantations in the region of Limuru, Kenya. The majority of the adult population in this area earns a salary of €1 per day. The money barely covers basic needs for families. As a result, children must help earn money for food at home, which interferes with their education.

With the goal of helping solve this problem, Kianda Foundation created Kimlea. The Kimlea Professional Hospitality School is a training center for young women who are not able to continue their studies due to the extreme poverty in which they live. Every year at Kimlea, 120 students are able to learn different trades as well as strengthen their basic knowledge of reading, writing, mathematics, hygiene and health. They later have the opportunity to practice their skills at hotels, restaurants, hospitals, residences and apply for jobs following their learning experience. These jobs are a great help for the families of the young women and offer the chance to build a better professional and personal future.

The IESE Foundation collects funds to collaborate with the Kimlea Foundation and grants scholarships to students at the Kimlea School. This initiative covers tuition and accommodation costs. The young students who benefit from these funds are between 14 and 18 years of age and come from very disadvantaged rural areas.

Eastlands College of Technology Project

The Eastlands College of Technology Project is an organization sponsored by Strathmore Educational Trust Initiatives and Educational Trust, whose main objective is to facilitate employment in Kenya. The Foundation has launched a fundraising campaign for this project carried out at Eastlands, one of the poorest suburbs of Nairobi.

The essential principles of Eastlands College of Technology Project are: to encourage entrepreneurship; accountability and integrity; promote excellence in all spheres of life; provide high-quality training; and promote human and Christian virtues in business to foster professional growth and reduce corruption.

It currently has four active educational projects:

  • Informal Sector Business Institute: Computer and business management courses aimed at leaders of microenterprises.
  • Information Communication Technology: Computer classes for people with very few resources.
  • Youth Program: Training for young people in search of employment.
  • Eastlands Center: Education for primary and secondary school children.