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Iridata - Help for Ethiopian people

Nicole de Pieri | Ethiopia

Road in the village of Mokonissa

Iridata is a word of Amharic origin, the official language of Ethiopia, which means help, assistance, support. In this country more than 30 percent of the population live in conditions of severe poverty and misery. In this land where adults and children try to survive every day, Saint Anna's Daughters constantly dedicate their lives to helping and assisting these people. This Congregation has the aim of serving the poor, the marginalized, the sick. They take care of orphans children; provide medical assistance in clinics; they educate in schools.

Iridata is the testimony of this work of love carried out with perseverance and devotion by the Saint Anna's Daughters. Their first goal is expressed with the help of this people who live in the desolation of misery in a land of injustice and poverty.

Iridata is a possibility, it is a flash of hope expressed in the smiles of people's faces.

Nicole De Pieri, an emerging young photographer of 24 years old, lives in Trebaseleghe, in the province of Padua. She approached photography in 2016 and immediately felt a certain interest in landscape and reportage photography. After attending a basic photography course, there comes a time when Nicole feels and hopes to be able to transform this passion into a real profession. In 2017 she began her studies at the APAB International School of Photography in Florence, graduating in 2019 as a -Technician for the creation of photographic, audio visual, editorial graphics and the creation of short stories for images-.
In August 2019 she embarked on a month-long trip to Ethiopia as a volunteer not missing the opportunity to make a photographic reportage. In addition to digital photography, Nicole, immediately attracted to black and white, knows and experiences analog photography and darkroom development. However, landscape and reportage photography remains her main interests, interests that give her the opportunity to travel, discover new horizons, places, people and cultures.

 

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Iridata is a word of Amharic origin, the official language of Ethiopia, which means help, assistance, support. This country is the largest and most populous in the Horn of Africa and has a population of around 100 million people. Of these, more than 30 percent live in conditions of severe poverty and misery. The most serious problem remains the lack of food and drinking water, followed by others no less serious such as illiteracy, the high mortality rate, especially of children, child labor, social and gender inequalities. And it is precisely in this land where adults and children try to survive every single day that the Saint Anna's Daughters constantly dedicate their lives to helping and assisting these people. Founded in 1866 in Piacenza by Mother Anna Rosa Gattorno, the Congregation of Saint Anna's Daughters has the aim of serving the poor, the marginalized, the sick. Soon the religious spread not only in Italy, but in all five continents, operating in as many as twenty countries. For decades now, the activities of the Congregation have aimed to guarantee care, education and support in the poorest areas of the world. They take care of children in difficulty, abandoned, orphaned in their reception houses; provide medical assistance in clinics and hospitals; they teach and educate in kindergartens and schools, they also protect those weakest people in the area such as the elderly, the poor and marginalized. Their presence in these countries is extremely important, so much so that all their commitment and dedication are truly appreciated by the various populations, which show them great respect and love.

Throughout the month of August 2019, I was a volunteer in the missions managed by the Saint Anna's Daughters in Boditi and Mokonissa, two small countries south of Ethiopia, in the Wolayta region (or Region of Nations, Nationalities, Peoples of the South). Completely dedicated to helping others, the sisters here manage the nursery and primary schools of Boditi and the clinic in the village of Mokonissa, guaranteeing school education for hundreds of children and medical care and health care for the sick, needy and women in pregnancy. In addition, in their missions they welcome young girls who will embark on the religious journey in the future, the so-called aspirants, and they take care of providing wheat and basic necessities every day to the poorest people.

Iridata is the testimony of this work of love carried out with perseverance and devotion by the Saint Anna's Daughters. Their first goal is expressed with the help of this people who live in the desolation of misery in a land of injustice and poverty. Iridata is a possibility, it is a flash of hope expressed in the smiles of people's faces.

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