Re.Te. technology sharing

Our technology group Re.Te.represents a concrete example of sharing: it was founded on the 28th of June 1981, after a reflection on the section "Speranza tecnologica”of our magazine “Nuovo Progetto", written by Giorgio Ceragioli, professor at Politecnico di Torino. His reflection provoked much debate about research and science application being able to spread hope. Indeed, hope becomes even more real when technical knowledge is shared in favour of the poorest, in addition to being employed for environmental sustainability. Indeed, the force of development is not just money: it is competences, knowledge and professionalism, well used and freely shared.

Our Re.Te. group is formed by people with different competences and experts always available for consultation. It aims at finding functional but easy technical responses to the needs of our collaborators working in developing countries. Our main aim is allowing local communities to improve their living conditions and autonomy.

Thus, a network developed, and not just a technological one, but a network of people, connected by a desire of real development, free and humble, for the poorest and the abandoned. Interdependence and collaboration, without rivalry, among the different groups allows to optimise the use of resources, always too limited to face great difficulties. In addition to this, collaboration promotes dialogue and peace among different communities, while working for the poorest and with them.

Re.Te. group aims at supporting effective development projects, like the use of renewable energies, availability of clean water everywhere in the world, food sustainability, the building of infrastructures, humanitarian missions and the promotion of global ethics and new lifestyles.

Our philosophy

Sermig is neither a bank nor a sponsor. It supports projects that develop from the meeting with people and local communities and linked by some ideals that represent our philosophy. Indeed, we believe that each project needs some fundamental basis to be successful, continuous and spread:

the aim of building, or rebuilding, the social fabric: for us, it is fundamental to help the creation of a local community, with strong spiritual values, able to coordinate activities in favour of social welfare; the promotion of wide involvement: with our projects, we wish to involve a great part of the population to support diverse activities;

the aim of developing the ability to act and choose: we design each activity to promote self growth and the development of individual potential through solidarity.
Our commitment for the project "Vita ai bambini”: we have always been caring for the weakest, who usually are also the most disadvantaged. Thus, our commitment in favour of children is based on our belief that a healthy development can start just from their protection. This is the reason why many of our projects aim at the creation of a future for children, through access to education and the improvement of life conditions within their community. We also needed to share the difficulties faced by disabled people in developing countries, where they are often marginalised. Thanks to our intervention, we helped them to improve their living conditions and become more active within their communities.

Our actions are not just coming from outside each community, but they actually aim at supporting self-development, so that the people within it become active protagonists able to involve all the local characters. Thus, our projects become models and concrete proposals also for other realities and their local authorities.

In addition to necessary interventions for hospitality and other services, like health care, housing and food provision, we aim at developing projects for income generation to support business and professionalism and concretely respond to the needs of work and development through job training and the launch of enterprises suitable for the local market.

Then, for our interventions, we always consider gender roles, so that we can understand the relations between men and women in each society. Indeed, we know that in many communities the actual role of women and its social recognition are still unbalanced. So, it is fundamental that each project does not support only women’s practical needs, like water, food and health care, but also their personal growth, in particular through education, up to the highest levels. Therefore, we organise income-generating activities with women to make them experience shared work and strengthen their confidence in their power to change their lives and those of their families and communities. We strongly believe that giving strength and power to women improves the safety and development of the whole community. The objective of gender equality is specific to our interventions in favour of human development, but it is also present in all our other projects, from fighting against hunger and poverty to education, reducing child mortality, improving health care and environmental and resources preservation.

It all derives from our conviction that we do not need everything to happen immediately, but gradually, with the help of all the people benefiting from it to plan use and timing, according to the context. We work hard constantly, with a clear goal in our minds and hearts. Thanks to modern real-time means of communication, we keep contacts with all the communities we help around the world to create a family and a global village that have at their heart the individual and their life and support a balanced development, respect for the weakest and environmental conservation.

Starting from where we live

Sermig has always been discovering the world through people witnessing it: volunteers, missionaries, journalists and common people who share with us the problems of the places in which they work, asking for our help to solve them. We have always been aware of the problem of hunger that kills 100.000 people every single day, even if there are enough resources for everyone. So, we asked ourselves: "What is our position? And what can we do?”. We realised that, for changing the world, we need to start from the place in which we live, by adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle for “a simple life, so that everyone can simply live”, as our friend Dom Luciano Mendes de Almeida used to say.

For us, this means to commit every day to sharing our time, abilities, intelligence, money, professionalism, who we are and what we have to support social welfare. We share these ideas with all the people and communities we work with because we believe that it is the only way to concretely pursue justice through individual involvement, for the solution of great problems. This is how the greatest non violent revolution starts, through empathy and reflection.

The everyday experience of sharing pushed us to create many different projects that, starting from our area, spread in the whole world. This is how “Global Saturday” started. It is an activity that, every Saturday afternoon, involves many people in the preparation of humanitarian aids to be sent in many different countries, the design of technological solutions for developing countries and debate about global ethics, through the meeting of the people who receive our help.

We collect food, medicines, clothes, stationery and hygiene items and our expert collaborators select and repair objects that can be still used, so that nothing gets wasted.

Thanks to the help of many young people, many aids are selected and sent all around the world. Their commitment also favoured the involvement of local authorities in projects for communities living all around the world.

Everything we do in our area is based on our belief that many single actions are like little drops that together form an entire ocean. Even when our actions seem small compared to global problems, they are anyway useful to improve someone’s life and, when they become part of a wider project, they contribute to change a part of the world. A growing community, open to the world, becomes a seed of peace and can produce unexpected results.

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