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Fondacio in Guinea since 2006
Hope does not deceive! (Rom 5:5)
After the WYD in Cologne in Germany in 2005, Jean Baptiste KOLIE, very seduced by the fraternity and the welcome of the friends of the community of Fondacio whom he met, presented the movement to the bishop of Kankan, Mgr Vincent KOULIBALY, on his return. The latter welcomed him favourably and Fondacio opened its doors in 2006 in the diocese of Kankan. The adventure begins with the promise of a new hope for young people in search of meaning and a bright future. 14 years later, hope does not deceive!
The Republic of Guinea, with a surface area of 245,857 km², is a country in West Africa bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, bordered to the northwest by Guinea-Bissau, to the north by Senegal, to the east by Mali, to the southeast by the Ivory Coast and to the south by Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Guinea is a country with a high Islamic proportion (85% of the population) and is very open to tradition. The Church of Guinea is still very young from the point of view of proclaiming the Good News. This is why the Fondacio movement is a great opportunity and a chance for Guinea to give hope and faith back to the young and to all the laity.
Today Fondacio evolves in three Dioceses or regions: Kankan, N'Zérékoré and Conakry, forming three community groups that work with young people, adults, couples and families.
Situation of poverty
Activities in Guinea
Youth Forum in 2009 " Builders of Hope " with 250 participants.
Youth Forum 2012 "Dare to live, build hope" with 150 participants
Times of community animation, prayer, formation and open days for the life of community groups in Conakry, Kankan and N'Zérékoré.
Gala matches for the unity of the youth action movements.
For 14 years, Fondacio has touched people through formation, prayer, and evangelization:
400 young people and 100 adults including 5 couples and families in 2014.
500 young people and 100 adults including 10 couples and families in 2015
700 young people and 100 adults including 20 couples and families in 2016
800 young people and 150 adults including 10 couples and families in 2017
300 young people and 40 adults including 5 couples and families in 2018
400 young people and 50 adults including 8 couples and families in 2019.
Young Muslim turned Christian by the joy of a newfound serenity.
Teacher-researcher at the Julius Nyerere University of Kankan, married to Madeleine KPOGHOMOU, we have six children, two of whom are adopted.
I come from a family of practicing Muslims a good part of my childhood and youth. One thing that I had a great trauma during my adolescence and even my youth was the lightning of the storm and the sound of thunder during the winter periods.
One day on my walks, I came across the scene of the storm being calmed during the showing of a Bible film in which Jesus asked the waters to be calmed. One of Jesus' words to his disciples that really touched me and did me good was "man of little faith, why are you afraid? ». This word combined with the storm scene I had seen really set me on the road to defying my fear later, during a strong tornado I was caught in a questioning. Why the tornado? And I keep coming back to the same text "Why are you afraid? "Then begins for me a kind of healing of a long trauma and the fear of lightning and thunder. I found in these words inner answers that I had never had in my search for answers to fear. Thanks to this response, which puts me back in the situation of a believer, and roots me in faith by relying on God, my inner storms have calmed down and my serenity regained. It was an extraordinary experience for me. It was the beginning of my conversion from Islam to Christianity.
I then met Fondacio in 2006 during a time of prayer in the parish of Notre Dame des Victoires et de Paix in Kankan. Seized by the simplicity and welcome of the friends who invited me, I decided to make my way there. Today I am in charge of Fondacio in Guinea, I am involved with friends in the pastoral work in the three dioceses (Kankan, N'Zérékoré and Conakry). My joy is immense on this journey with God.
Sometimes called a "geological scandal", Guinea has immense hydrographic wealth ("water tower of Africa"), a rich mineral potential (a third of the world reserves of bauxite, gold, diamond, iron, manganese , zinc, cobalt, nickel, uranium) largely under exploited.
The Guinean economy, hit hard by the Ebola epidemic (2,544 deaths out of 3,813 cases between 2014 and 2016) gives positive signs of recovery.
After two years of almost stagnant GDP, growth was recovered in 2016 (+ 5.2%) and consolidated in 2019 (+ 5.9%). The country has also completed for the first time in its history a program with the IMF (adoption of the eighth and last review in October 2016). A new three-year program (2018-2020) for a $ 650 million non-concessional loan under the Extended Credit Facility was concluded with the IMF in December 2017.