My name is Salvo Perna, I live in Sicily, a beautiful land rich in history, art, culture and that, in these times, its tragically know for the dead migrants in neighbouring waters.
I joined the project participating in his 2nd course, I was curious about the title, Sicilia Integra (Sicily Integrates), uncorrupted, but capable of integrating people like us live dramatic moments.
My drama called work, that no longer exists, because after 50 years of industrial exploitation, devastation and pollution they have consumed all without thinking of the consequences, and now simply closes their refineries; and the farms? All abandoned by farmers now industrial workers retire or from cancer deaths.
The drama of black friends that reach us called it war, hunger, but in anyway it binds us all being migrant, he who runs away from a violent death, or he who runs away from a difficult life.
So I wonder why keep running?
I stopped to think with what are now my best friends and with them we have taken root for a new sustainable future.
Together we have found ways to recover these abandoned lands and in 5 weeks, thanks to the educational programs of Gaia Education and some fantastic people that represent it we created a design for a Bio Park that will restore life to a dull community and allow the emergence of a new network of cooperative farms and the inclusion of any other boys both migrants that Sicilians to give new life to the local economy and new hopes for the future.
Before I was alone and unemployed, now I seek to start new initiatives with new friends.