Saturday 16th was an exceptional day for Children First. We hosted our first anniversary fundraising event! It was a wonderful evening hosted at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. We were blessed with fine weather and some exceptional guests such as Mr and Mrs Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, Mr and Mrs Michael Evans, President of Alibaba Group, Mr and Mrs Michael Payne, the Emir of Pathiers and Le Comte Guillaume de Toulouse Lautrec to name a few. The evening started with a fabulous recital by the world-renowned pianist M Kotaro Fukuma, followed by a lovely dinner. Stefano was able to tell his story. He focused on what we achieved in our first year and what we want to rebuild this coming year, notably the maternity ward in Ambanja. Our 250 honorable guests committed to donate up to approximately CHF 120’000 which completely blew us away. It was highly unexpected and surprised us all, especially Stefano who was over the moon as it permits us to get cracking with the project immediately. We are more than thankful and very touched by all who contributed. Thank you so very much.
This is only the beginning of an incredible journey.
Pictures coming up soon!!
See post of April 23rd for more info.
Today we are preparing the kids favourite! Eaten at every afternoon snack in a piece of baguette the home made chocolate paste is a delicious and rich source of energy for the kids.
Some of the chocolate paste is also mixed with milk and sugar and made into an ultimate international favourite dessert, ICE CREAM.
In this family there is a particularly special pet and not only one. They come and go as the rainy seasons do and are very useful to this house because of the many mice and rates that roam day and night.
Here are pictures of the container currently in the courtyard of "La Maison Des Enfants"
The material will be installed by the end of the month.
(see blog post of 17.04 for more info)
On the 16th of June we are hosting our first fundraising event for Children First at the Olympique Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. We will be welcoming the internationally-renowned pianist Kotaro Fukuma to perform at the event. The recital will be followed by a dinner at the ‘Club Courbetin’.
The conditions in the existing state hospital are very poor. A new hospital ward is under construction. The evening of June 16th is intended to finance the essential equipment in this new pavilion. Furthermore, our aim is to improve the conditions of the maternity department in the existing hospital.
We would be delighted to welcome you to this event – if you would be interested:please contact any of the following emails for further information:
Thanks to our dear Swiss partners and 'Clinique La Source' a full container of medical equipment has safely arrived in the port of Diego Suarez. The container left the Switzerland in February and has arrived this morning in Madagascar. With this equipment and the support of Clinique La Source we will now be able to restore a considerable section of the already existing hospital. Furthermore, Children First has fully funded an extension to the hospital. The construction of the new pavilion will be completed end of April.
PICTURES COMING UP SOON!!
A few of the children gather to watch the triplets and a few other girls perform their Christmas Eve show dance at 'La Maison des Enfants'.
A newsletter about 'the capucin priest' in Madagascar
Echo Magazine article - "The Man who saved 79 kids"
Father Stefano expresses himself in this article
Swiss radio talking about Father Stefano's activities
An article about friendship and support