REBUILDING WITH A PLATE OF AMATRICIANA
In partnership with: Fondazione Francesca Rava NPH Onlus
On 24 August at 03.36, whole villages in central Italy were wiped out by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake. The epicentre straddled the towns of Amatrice, Accumuli and Arquata Del Tronto, each razed to the ground along with their outlying hamlets. Hundreds of people lost their lives. Costa decided to help the communities hit by the quake, acting through the Costa Crociere Foundation and enlisting the support of its cruise passengers.
Italy has a history of giving and after the quake, the country received assistance from around the world. Emergency crews rushed to the scene and set to work just hours after the disaster.
The main challenge was also to make sure aid didn’t dry up after the first few days and continued beyond the emergency and after the television cameras had gone home.
We also faced the further challenge of helping the more than 4000 displaced people get back to some kind of normality.
In a few seconds, whole communities had lost not just their homes but their livelihoods, including the tourist industry and food and wine production that this area was renowned for.
We decided to help rebuild the region; it will be a long and complex process but Costa’s help will be invaluabe in getting through it.
In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, Costa started donating €1 for every amatriciana pasta dish served in its on-board restaurants, acting through the Costa Crociere Foundation. The initiative ran for three months on all Costa ships. Guests were also be able to make discretionary donations in support of the project.
The money raised, with no commission nor direct or indirect expenses deducted, was donated in full to help rebuild a nursery school in Norcia. The project was coordinated by the Francesca Rava NPH Foundation.
In early 2017, the Francesca Rava Foundation undertook to rebuild Norcia after the particularly violent earthquake of 30th October damaged the town’s schools.
We decided to support their work, working in tandem with other partners, as we recognized the positive effect it would have on the population. The project was directed by the Umbria Civil Defence service and led by the President of the Council of Ministers, the schools task force and Ministry of Education, Universities and Research.
The new building will be an earthquake-proof, prefabricated structure with eco-friendly energy and heating systems to give the community back a vital part of its fabric: a school. The project also has the potential to benefit the economic regeneration of the areas damaged in the earthquake: it can be replicated, making it sustainable for the environment and the community in which it is situated.
Once complete, the school will become the property and responsibility of the town of Norcia, as agreed with the local council, and will be used in the short term to house the school and as a teaching/educational/leisure venue in the future. The best thing to come out of this project was not just a safe, warm school for the town’s children, but the rebuilding of deep and friendly relationships between the children, their families and teachers.
Our thanks go to everyone who helped us and who will continue to help those who need the most.