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OUR HISTORY

MIRANDO POR ÁFRICA WAS BORN FROM THE DREAM OF A MOTHER, ALIMA, WHO SAW HER DAUGHTER WAS BORN WITH AN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY. THANKS TO HER COURAGE, SHE MANAGED TO OPEN A NEW WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES TO HER DAUGHTER AND WITH THIS PROJECT WE WANT TO OPEN THE DOORS TO OTHER CHILDREN IN CAMEROON AND IN AFRICA, AS WELL. THIS IS HER STORY:

The days and nights passed and I saw no change, I was dying of anguish, my child didn´t move or cry, she had not slept for days. Until one day, I saw a documentary on TV that talked about a way to get to Spain across several countries.

It was for me a God´s light, a way to give my daughter a better life, so I didn´t hesitate to take my backpack and start the longest and most dangerous adventure of my life: after a long journey through different countries like Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali, and crossing the Sahara desert, which seemed insurmountable and where we were seven days crossing the desert. The only thing that kept me alive was the hope of seeing my daughter´s face again.

Fortunately, I managed to cross the desert passing through the border town of Uchda, Morocco, to get to the forest. From there, I had to swim in Spain for ten hours in a row. I knew it was very risky but what mother wouldn´t do anything to save her son? After three long months of travel, I finally arrived from Cameroon to Ceuta

MIRANDO POR ÁFRICA

Representative image of the NGO in which our logo is inspired.

And that’s how Mirando por África was born, a non-profit non-governmental organization that was born in Madrid in 2011. It is made up of a group of Spaniards and Cameroonians whose objective is to support children with different types of intellectual disabilities (Down syndrome, autism, etc.) through special education and specialized teaching programs and techniques adapted to each pathology. In addition, our association supports and provides reinforcement to partner centers in Douala and Yaoundé (Cameroon).

 

HOW IS CAMEROON?

Cameroon is one of the most culturally and geographically diverse countries in Africa. It also has a wealth of flora and fauna. But there is currently no systematic assistance to children with disabilities or awareness programs for their families. Nor are there public schools where these children can receive the necessary care for a better quality of life and an adequate education for their development and integration in society.

“There medicine ignores the disability, there is no explanation or diagnosis. Having a child with a disability is cause for bad luck, poverty and an insult to man’s virility. 90% of parents leave home”

Explains Alima, our founder, in an interview of El Mundo.

OUR TEAM

THE TEAM IS FORMED BY THE FOUNDER, PARTNERS AND VOLUNTEERS. BETWEEN WE ALL WORK EVERY DAY TO ENCOURAGE THIS PROJECT TO BE REAL. KNOW US!

Alima.Founder.

Lamina. Alima´s daughter. The main reason for the founding of the NGO.

Luc. Treasurer.

Pilar. Vice-President of the Association.

David. Volunteer Coordinator.

Beatriz. Chief Marketing Officer.

Arancha. Social Media & Blogging.

Caterina Aguiló P. Translator.

Sergio Rivera. Architect of our center.

Mar Sáenz-López. Communication and events.

Justy Aquilar Tirado. Social Media & Blogging.

Nuria García Martínez. Social Media & Blogging.

You. Do you join us?

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