By joining forces with friends, supporters and partners in the US, we believe that the mission of COOPI – to reduce poverty and build resilience of communities worldwide – can be elevated even further. In the US, we are focusing on three priority programs that we are asking for your help in advancing:

Help a Warrior

At today, approximately 477,000 displaced Syrian children in Lebanon are between the ages of 3 and 18. All these children have a right to access education as per the International Convention on Children Rights but sadly, the reality of the situation means that this is not often the case.

Schools are not accessible to the majority of the refugees, because of their socio-economic situation or because they are over-age or discouraged. Syrian children are face educational barriers like language, curriculum content and socialization with peers. Finally, in many remote area of the country, the public schools are in a dreadful condition, with poor infrastructure, limited space and lack of sanitation facilities.

In such a critical humanitarian situation, COOPI has been strongly involved in education emergency response since 2013, supporting more than 6,000 out of school vulnerable children in Northern Lebanon in collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. This region has been strongly affected by the higher influx of Syrian refugees that the country has experienced since the beginning of the crisis and it is in an already fragile social and political environment.

Help COOPI secure educational opportunities for a total of 2,000 children, both Syrian and Lebanese, located in the area of Tripoli by:

  • Providing economic support to 600 vulnerable families with children enrolled in school but not attending. Your support will cover school fees and/or uniforms.
  • Rehabilitating 2 schools with degraded structures and sanitation facilities.
  • Implementing recreational activities addressing the emotional and social wellbeing of 2,000 Syrian and Lebanese children.

Help COOPI’s Child Refugee Access to Education Initiative today!

$25

With $25 you can provide basic school materials for a child

$50

With $50 you can offer 1 month psychological support to one girl

$100

With $100 you can provide uniform and all the school materials for one year for one girl

$250

With $250 you can cover the school fees for one year for one girl

The Cinderellas of Bukavu
Democratic Republic of Congo

In Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), COOPI provides shelter and education to more than 100 young girls accused to be witches by local superstitions. These girls, some as young as six years old, have been forced out of their homes and shunned by their communities. Any time a family tragedy occurs, such as the death of a family member, a severe illness or a financial loss, it’s common for ignorance and superstition to blame a young girl, holding her responsible as an “evil witch”. The reason is often to be found in the complex socio-economic and cultural environment of deprivation in which many families are forced to live.

These girls are totally shunned from their families and communities, and denied their right to study, play or just grow up as normal individuals. As modern-day Cinderellas, they’re confined to isolation by prejudice, serving as servants for other families.

Thanks to the solidarity of many people around the world, COOPI established a special center in Bukavu named “Ek’Abana”, run by Sister Natalina Isella. The center offers shelter, psychological support, school support and vocational training, family mediation and reconciliation, with the goal of preparing the family and the girl for a positive reintegration, allowing these girls to return to their families and communities.

The center currently houses 42 girls, while another 70 have already been successfully reintegrated into their families.

Support the Cinderellas of Bukavu today!

$25

With $25 you can provide basic school materials for a child

$50

With $50 you can offer 1 month psychological support to one girl

$100

With $100 you can provide uniform and all the school materials for one year for one girl

$250

With $250 you can cover the school fees for one year for one girl

Drought Emergency Response
Ethiopia and Horn of Africa

In Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), COOPI provides shelter and education to more than 100 young girls accused to be witches by local superstitions. These girls, some as young as six years old, have been forced out of their homes and shunned by their communities. Any time a family tragedy occurs, such as the death of a family member, a severe illness or a financial loss, it’s common for ignorance and superstition to blame a young girl, holding her responsible as an “evil witch”. The reason is often to be found in the complex socio-economic and cultural environment of deprivation in which many families are forced to live.

These girls are totally shunned from their families and communities, and denied their right to study, play or just grow up as normal individuals. As modern-day Cinderellas, they’re confined to isolation by prejudice, serving as servants for other families.

Thanks to the solidarity of many people around the world, COOPI established a special center in Bukavu named “Ek’Abana”, run by Sister Natalina Isella. The center offers shelter, psychological support, school support and vocational training, family mediation and reconciliation, with the goal of preparing the family and the girl for a positive reintegration, allowing these girls to return to their families and communities.

The center currently houses 42 girls, while another 70 have already been successfully reintegrated into their families.

Support the Cinderellas of Bukavu today!

$25

With $25 you can provide basic school materials for a child

$50

With $50 you can offer 1 month psychological support to one girl

$100

With $100 you can provide uniform and all the school materials for one year for one girl

$250

With $250 you can cover the school fees for one year for one girl