CSC Danilo Dolci has completed the shooting of four videos as part of the “Building Social Bridges” project. Four success stories of people who have arrived in Palermo and who have entered the social and economic life of the city thanks to their talent, their skills and the social network they have managed to create, that “social capital” which today is very fundamental to be able to find a job or start a business.

We present the stories of the four “role models” that the CSC interviewed:

 

Doudou Diof

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My name is Doudou Diouf and I come from Senegal, Western Africa. I arrived in Italy ten years ago. My native language is Wolof but I studied French in school. I can speak a little English and some other Western African dialects. I am a musician and a teacher of African traditional dance and music by using the djembe percussions. Two years ago, I opened a restaurant which offers Western African food.

 

Nelida Mendoza

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My name is Nelida Mendoza and I am 64 years old. I am from Paraguay. I have been living in Italy since 1986. When I was a child, my family moved to Buenos Aires in Argentina because of the political situation in Paraguay. I studied in Buenos Aires at the Academy of Fine Arts (sculpture). I bring with me this sense of migratory identity. I am a sculpturer and I teach sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brera, Milan. I participate to the cultural life in Italy and South America.

 

Reda Berradi

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My name is Reda Berradi and I am from Marocco. I was born in Meknes. We arrived in Sicily at the beginning of the Eighties with my family. Sicily gave me the opportunity to stay here and study at the University of Palermo, Faculty of Literature. I worked as a cultural mediator in the social sector. I also worked as a researcher at the University of Palermo investigating minorities living in the city. After this experience in the social science sector, I decided to challenge myself and become an entrepreneur in the restaurant business.

 

Fateh Hamdan

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My name is Fateh Hamdan and I come from Palestine. I arrived in Palermo il 1980 and I enrolled at the University of Palermo and I studied Architecture. I fell in love with this city and I would say, I was bewitched by Palermo. I started working in many fields but at the end I chose to be a restaurant owner. I have a cultural association. I consider myself as a cultural promoter, an activist to support my community.

Building Social Bridges by Entrepreneurial Thinking is cofunded by Erasmus+ programme, KA2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for adult education.

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For further information contact Dario Ferrante: dario.ferrante@danilodolci.org.