Created in Luxembourg in 2011, North-South Co-operation is an NGO specialised in Education and Training.
Our projects are based in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our beneficiaries are the poorest of the poor.
We partner with local community-based organisations well representative of the beneficiaries.
With our partners, we develop libraries: to allow poorest students to find their textbooks to improve their school results; to allow children to start reading; to contribute to adults’ literacy; to contribute to teachers’ training.
We also develop ICT/Internet centres to provide PC basic training and Internet access to the most disadvantaged communities, so that the community members can improve their school results, access information and prepare for the job market.
We also support local schools that help saving street children, by providing them with classrooms and textbooks.
We support rehabilitation centres for street children and teenagers addicted to drugs, by providing them with workshops to develop their professional skills.
We support local sports centres to keep youth off the streets and guide them towards education and leadership.
We contribute to the local economies: by supporting local cooperatives; by offering mentorship services to local small entrepreneurs.
We also work on projects in Luxembourg: to help refugees develop and exploit their personal skills; to make the public aware of the co-operation issues, with its challenges and possible solutions.
In 2015, we have received the Agrément by the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs as NGO partner of the Luxembourg co-operation.
In 2016, we have become member of the Cercle de la Coopération.
We are committed to make all our interventions sustainable and to empower our partners: our projects must develop our partners’ capacity for self-supporting activities.
Therefore, we will not support activities that create dependence on external interventions.
Our aim is to ‘hand over the stick’. We are against top-down approaches in development: we work with partners, who aim to employ all our technical, financial, human help to develop their own capacity.
We believe in participatory development. We support people’s organizations and communities, and we work with them in a participative way. The development we believe in is people-centered: people’s needs come first. We work to empower the most disadvantaged and the poorest of the poor.
Coumba Fall, Chairman
Fabrice Bernard, Deputy Chairman
Michele Bernardi, Treasurer
Simona Palladino, Secretary
Last year we organized a major event : a photographic exhibition about life in Korogocho. A photographer as well as few other members of the Association spent a couple of weeks in Korogocho, living with the locals and documenting the development of our education center and the everyday life of the slum.
The results of this beautiful journey were exposed in 5 high schools and 2 cultural centers here in Luxembourg. We organized some workshops and one of the librarian in Korogocho, Kevin, came to share his experience and help us understand their reality.
It was an opportunity to show young students and adults that there is another world out there. A place of hardship and poverty, but also of great vitality and joy.
You will find more information on this exhibition on our Facebook page!
We regularly organize fund-raising events and participate to solidarity fairs and meetings.
For the past several years we have participated in the "Festival des Migrations", in March at the Luxembourg Expo, we have organized the "Korogocho Run", a trail in the woods of Bonnevoie, and we have invited friends and supporters to the year-end party in December.
To stay up to date with our next events, please follow us at our Facebook page!
Our next big event will be the Korogocho Run on 6th of July 2019.
Participants will have the opportunity to run, dance and eat typical African food. The contributions from this event will help us fund our projects in Korogocho .
Look at the pictures of last year edition on our Facebook page!
Publications about us
The luxembourgish press is following our activities:
Luxemburger Wort January 30th 2018
Luxemburger Wort February 13th 2018
Luxemburger Wort April 17th 2018
Luxemburger Wort April 24th 2018
RTL radio May 30th 2018
RTL Journal Octobre 21st 2016