Leone: a man from Lacedonia to be proud of.
Leone, which everybody knows him better as Peppino, is one of those man that
make us feel proud to be from this town.
44 years old,
he is a layman, member of the Pope John XXIII Society, he has left his country
of origin to volunteer and help the so many people that, on this planet, live in
poor conditions, neglected and feel inadequate in their society.
after years of experience in a rehab center in Rimini helping people to overcome
drug addiction, brought him to Brazil, where he decided to live permanently and
formed a group with two other partners to help their local community.
So, even in
Brazil (to be more specific, in the town of Coronel Fabriciano, a small town
with a population of about 120.000 inhabitants, about 200 km from Bel Horizonte,
the capital of Minas Gerais State) our friend is committed, together with other
volunteers, to help boys and girls to exit the dark tunnel of drug addiction,
helping them not only to cleanse their bodies from the drugs, but also helping
them to rediscover their self-esteem so that, at the completion of their
rehabilitating, therapeutic program, they can return to be part of the Brazilian
fact, is responsible for the “Pizzaria do Bomsamaritano” Project, a real
pizzeria which, besides being economically autonomous and being a volunteer
project, it also offers a job position with full pay to all those who complete
their rehab program.
settle down in Brazil. In fact, he married Marly Soares Cirilo, she is
Brazilian, 31 years old and teaches in pre-school (Kindergarten). And they also
had a child they named Cristian.
decided to build their home in one of the poorer areas of their town, where
violence and prostitution are easily caused by poverty.
Peppino’s parents’ help, Marly realized her dream: to create an
educational-recreational space for children in need, with the purpose of
bringing a warm Christian presence in a reality made of suffering and neglect.
‘s age ranges between 3 and 6 years old. Now they are a total of 59 children,
girls and boys.
would like to help more children but now they reached their limit and they need
our help to make the Educational Center bigger and more functional and
Think that to
guarantee food every day for the entire length of the school year and the study
material for 60 children, they need just 1800 Euro, basically, 3 million and
wants to help the Leones with this project named “Escola Infantil Espaco
Criativo”, they can send donations to: