Six volunteers will go this summer for the island of Soga in Guinea-Bissau and they need your help!
The volunteers belong to Associação S.O.G.A and have been developing projects to support the island during this year.
The campaign aims to finance part of the expenses involved in this humanitarian mission
The SOGA association was born in March 2015 from a small group of believing volunteers to give the people of Soga a decent standard of living. The main fields of intervention are: Education, Health and Sustainability (food, environmental sustainability and economic autonomy). The island welcomes our volunteers once or twice a year, and these, in cooperation with the population, assess the needs and find the best and most feasible solutions. These volunteers, every year, try to gather conditions to travel to the island in order to solve identified problems, as well as to develop the projects mentioned below:
Kindergarten - The building is almost completed. We have a kindergarten teacher trained through one of our scholarships and who has already delineated the educational project. The Kindergarten will be inaugurated in 2018.
Container - We sent this year a container with donations from Portugal as school material, nursing material, clothing, agricultural utensils, household utensils, furniture for kindergarten, among others. Still inside the container, we will carry an emergency medical boat and a community water filter.
Cashew Peeling Cooperative "Out of the Shell". It was possible to purchase a cashew shelling machine as well as training in the production / shelling and cashew selling areas of the 11 cooperators already working on it.
Vocational training - After the solution of the greatest deficiencies in health and education, the area of sustainability becomes more focused, through the professional training of the inhabitants of the island in areas such as agriculture, fishing, sanitation, construction, among others.
Sanitation - Basic sanitation is almost non existent on Soga Island. Our collaborators in the island of Soga were formed in the construction of latrines, being that already they constructed 5 by the several villages.
Water - There is no drinking water on the island. An adequate solution is under study and will go beyond the possibility of disinfecting existing wells by rainwater filtration systems. An intermediate step is the acquisition of large and excellent quality filters (it will split one into the container).
For all this to be possible, support is needed to help volunteers meet the costs of the mission. Thus, with this campaign, we intend to be able to finance part of the trips of the volunteers in August
About the author
The Association S.O.G.A - Serve Another People with Love, is a non-profit association of social solidarity, whose main objective is to support and promote the development of the island of Soga, in Guinea Bissau.
The missionary team for this humanitarian trip is composed by six volunteers from the Association, who are part of the three working groups (health, education and sustainability). This team, in collaboration with the other volunteers, has developed throughout the year projects in all areas, in coordination with the Guinean coordinators.
The Travelers Team:
Michael Görne, 53, married, 3 children, graduated in Catholic Theology from the University of Bonn, professor of Moral and Religious Education in Cernache / Coimbra, President of SOGA, missionary on Soga Island since 2011, volunteer in guidance of youth groups and in the accompaniment of the elderly.
Catarina Quadros, 23, from Figueira da Foz. Master in Educational Psychology, Development and Counseling. Attends the internship of joining the Order of Portuguese Psychologists at the Colegio de S.José in Coimbra. She has developed several projects related to citizenship and social solidarity. Missionary on the island of Soga in 2017, member of the direction of S.O.G.A.
Carolina Paixão, 20, from Madeira Island. She is a student of Psychology at the University of Coimbra. Vice-President of its Students association (NEPCESS / AAC) and collaborates in the project Social4aLife that intends to develop initiatives based on the objectives for the sustainable development of the UN. In the S.O.G.A, he is responsible for the health group.
Débora Silva, 20, of Figueira da Foz, a student of Social Services at the University of Coimbra. To carry out an internship at the Psychiatric Hospital Sobral Cid. Volunteer in the Leos of Portugal. She is an activist for Amnesty International. Collaborates in the area of Civic Intervention and Social Action of NEPCESS / AAC. Member of S.O.G.A, working on Sustainability projects.
Ana Rita Loureiro, 20, of Figueira da Foz, student of the Social Service Degree at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, at the School of Education and Social Sciences. He volunteers at CASA (Homeless Support Center), Speak (Language and Cultures Exchange); member of S.O.G.A, working on projects in the area of Education.
Cristina Quadros, optimist by nature, married, with three children, from Figueira da Foz. Psychologist, has worked in the area of social-emotional skills and the promotion of well-being. He is President of the Regional Delegation of the Center of the Order of Psychologists. He has volunteered in several contexts, especially the National Scouts. Volunteer of S.O.G.A.
Budget and due dates
The goal of the campaign is to guarantee the financing of trips and health conditions for the 6 travelers.
Lisbon -> Guinea-Bissau / Guinea-Bissau -> Lisbon = 3.000 € (500x6p)
Bissau -> Bubaque / Bubaque -> Bissau = 135 € (15x9p)
note: on this trip, they will accompany the Portuguese missionaries, the Association coordinators in Guinea-Bissau
Bubaque-> Soga Island / Soga- Island-> Bubaque = 60 €
Vaccines of 4 missionaries = 200 €
Antimalarial = € 480 (80x6p)
We have € 400 to pay the commissions for the PPL platform
Thus reaching a total of 4,300 euros
We need to know in time if we can get the support for the trips, so we outline the deadline for the campaign on July 15, and the trip will be on July 25, 2018.