Who we are

Everyone has the right to education.

E-ducare is a call to action for everyone willing to make a change to this world.

E-ducare is a non-profit organization that provides children in Ireland and Vietnam the opportunity to attain an education so that they may have a chance to make a difference for themselves and their community.

E-ducare is a call to action for everyone willing to make a change to this world.

E-ducare’s goal is to return the childhood to children who should enjoy the same social protection and develop their potential, regardless of beliefs, culture or colour and the right to education advocated by Unesco and in Article 26 of the Declaration of Human Rights.

Who we are Vietnam kids 2016

Our Vision

The right to education for all regardless of geography, skin color, creed and culture. Ultimately, increase human dignity.

 

Our Mission

The possible solutions for poverty clearly depend on what is chiefly causing it, and this can clearly vary with time and place.

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime” – Lao Tzu. E-ducare helps children get an education by creating self-sustainable income generating schemes for families in Vietnam.

 

The beginning

“The idea was born in 2007 as a result of my trip to Senegal”.

Pierluigi Coscia – Founder

Visiting Dakar

In 2007 I visited the Senegalese capital Dakar with Wilson – my Rwandan friend – and his friend Omar. On the very first day, the thing that struck me most was the incredible number of begging children.

Omar explained: “They are Talibé, students of Koranic schools.”
Talibé, in Arabic, means “one who seeks”.

A quick Google search for the term ‘Talibé’ will return a number of articles denouncing the terrible conditions of these children, forced to walk the streets of Dakar begging for money: abandoned by their parents, thousands of them live in inhumane conditions, with no access to electricity or running water. If they don’t return to their daaras (Koranic schools) with enough money or goods to trade, they are beaten.

Curious to see what was going on with my own eyes, I asked to visit a daara. I was met by its leaders and asked why the children were subject to such harsh living conditions; they provided their explanations. Whilst leaving the structure, I noticed a child in a dark room shivering. He (all Talibé are boys) had malaria and – as it turned out – the school had finished their supplies of the anti-malaria drug Lariam. If properly treated malaria has an effective remedy, but too often the therapy is not initiated in time, resulting in high mortality rates, especially in children. I left enough money to buy medicines and, with a lump in my throat and accepting that I couldn’t do much more, I returned home.

If properly treated malaria has an effective remedy, but too often the therapy is not initiated in time to save lives, especially of children. I left enough money to buy medicines from another pharmacy and, without a voice in the throat and accepting that I couldn’t do much more, we returned home.

In the following days, I visited the most beautiful places in Senegal but the thought of those children would not leave me: the desperation in their eyes was haunting… After seeing with my own eyes such levels of poverty, neglect and abuse I could not go back to my daily life: dinners out, fancy holidays, new cars…they lost their allure. Although (for reasons I will not go into here) I could not help the children in Dakar, I wanted to make a difference in children’s lives.

After a number of ad-hoc fundraising events, a lot of study and trial and error, E-ducare was born in 2014.

Pierluigi Senegal 2007